Nanabijou Childcare Centre is a ‘home away from home’ where a team of dedicated Early Childhood Educators provides a safe, inclusive, healthy, and nurturing learning environment for children and their families.
Children learning to live in harmony with the world.
In 2018, two staff members of Nanabijou traveled to Reggio Emilia, Italy as part of a Canadian Study Tour. This immersive, creative and inspired educational philosophy has been brought back to the entire staff of Nanabijou Child Care Centre and transformed our approach to learning and care for young children.
The Reggio Emilia Philosophy
The Reggio Emilia philosophy is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education, which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. As a starting place, the philosophy believes in the innate curiosity of children and aims to assist them with understanding their world and who they are in it.
The “100 Languages of the Child” recognizes that children have multiple ways of thinking, playing, exploring, speaking and doing. The Reggio Emilia Approach encourages children to use every tool they have to express themselves.
The “Third Teacher” in Reggio Emilia positions the environment as a space for uninterrupted exploration, play and learning. Outdoor spaces are valued just as highly as indoor classrooms.
Our professional educators fulfill the necessary role of gently moving children towards areas of interest, and this can only be done through careful observation carried out over time.