The Africa Reggio Emilia Alliance gives presentations and runs regular workshops on the principles of the Reggio approach – many of them in Johannesburg (see details for 2019 workshops below). If you’d like to arrange a presentation or workshop in your area (and have sufficient interest and demand from local educators and ECD activists), contact Tessa Browne directly on School visits to mentor and advise staff can also be arranged.

2019 ad-hoc workshops

In 2019 we will be hosting two Saturday workshops over and above the introductory course. On 27 July 2019 we’ll be focusing on the diffusion of creativity and a culture of research in the classroom: the role of the atelierista. On 2 November 2019 we’ll be looking at Reggio inspiration in primary schools across SA through a pedagogy of play and research.

Download your registration form here, sign up and save the date!

2019 introduction to the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach

Due to unprecedented demand for places on the current 2019 introductory course, AREA is offering a second intro course condensed into three full-day intensive workshops! Workshops will be held on 8 June, 20 July and 5 October from 9:00 until 15h30 at Nova Pioneer Ormonde. We already have a waiting list, so if you’re interested, sign up soon! All details are on the registration form.

Deepen your teaching practice and connect with educators who are interested in and inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education. During this series of nine practical workshops, you will be introduced to core principles of the Reggio Emilia approach, and work with a group of peers to explore the possibilities for applying these principles and philosophy in your own classroom and context. While workshops are tailored toward teachers, parents and interested individuals are welcome.

    • Workshop #1: The image of the child
      This workshop looks briefly at past and present views of children. It challenges teachers to question what they believe about children and childhood, and how their own view of children is reflected in their classrooms.
    • Workshop #2: The 100 languages of children
      The 100 languages refers to the many different ways in which children express their thoughts and discoveries. The focus of this workshop is on the role of creative media in extending and enriching children’s thinking and investigation
    • Workshop #3: Participation, listening and the pedagogy of relationships
      This workshop covers how important participation, listening and relationships are in learning. It looks at the role of parents, children and teachers in the learning project, and stresses the importance of listening to children and respecting and valuing their ideas.
    • Workshop #4: Learning and the construction and socio-construction of knowledge
      This workshop focuses on children as meaning makers – how they develop their own concepts of the world around them right from birth, and how their learning is influenced and shaped in relationship with others and their own environment.
    • Workshop #5: Educational research
      This workshop focuses on children’s natural curiosity and discovery as they play and make meaning of the world around them. It introduces the ideas of children and teachers researching together to enrich learning, and of schools being laboratories of research.
    • Workshop #6: Documentation and progettazione
      In the Reggio Emilia approach, documentation of children’s learning through the use of sketches, photographs, videos, recordings, posters and books is considered vital in education. This workshop focuses on the significant value and potential outcomes of making children’s learning visible.
    • Workshop #7: Organisation, environment, spaces and relations
      This workshop looks at the critical role of the environment (both natural and man-made) in stimulating and enriching children’s discoveries and thought processes, in developing and supporting relationships, in fostering empathy with others and the natural environment.
    • Workshop #8: Sharing documentation
      Over the course of the workshop series, participants are encouraged to start doing their own documentation in their classrooms. During this session, participants are invited to share their documentation and discuss and give feedback on each other’s work.
    • Workshop #9: Professional development and assessment
      The workshop series closes with reflections on the rights of teachers to ongoing professional development – and how this can be achieved in part by cultivating a reflective practice as a teacher and working in collaboration with colleagues. It also considers questions of assessment in a broader sense relating to children, teachers, educational practice, time management, and environment within a contextual curriculum.

Past workshops

Pedagogy of Play South Africa

A once-off workshop with a research group from Project Zero

Students at Nova Pioneer Ormonde, one of four Johannesburg schools involved in the Pedagogy of Play South Africa project.

Play is a core way that children learn. In play children create, learn from mistakes, and imagine new possibilities. Yet, because of the nature of play and the nature of school, bringing playful learning into schools is not simple or straightforward. In this workshop you will learn about the Pedagogy of Play South Africa project. A collaboration between researchers at Project Zero at the Harvard School of Education and educators in four Johannesburg area schools, the project explores what playful learning looks like and what educators can do to support it. There will be time for you to consider how you can bring more play and playfulness into your classroom in order to support your students’ learning.

When: Friday 31 August 2018
Where: Nova Pioneer Ormonde, 49 Dorado Avenue, Ormonde
Time: 14:00-16:00 (refreshments prior to workshop, from 13:30)
Cost: R440 per person (non-AREA members); R400 (current AREA members); discounted rate of of R50 for teachers from schools charging less than R800 per month per child

Places are limited. Download the registration form and submit it, with proof of payment, to, to secure your place.

One-day Durban workshop

“Where teaching begins…” 

Join the Africa Reggio Emilia Alliance and other Reggio Emilia-inspired educators in KwaZulu-Natal for a day-long workshop on 3 March 2018.

Where: The Nkulisa Centre, Penzance Primary School, Corner Penzance and ZK Matthews Roads, Umbilo, Durban
When: Saturday 3 March from 09:00 to 15:30

How much:

  • R400 per person (non-AREA members)
  • R375 early-bird registration (before 1 February)
  • R360 per person (AREA members)

Sponsorships are available for teachers from schools charging less than R800 per month in school fees. Educators from qualifying schools should contact Tessa Browne for further information:; 086 424 0007 (fax); 082 852 6424 (cell).

To register:
To sign up, download the Durban registration form and send the completed version, together with proof of payment, to