At Lighthouse Nursery in Portishead, our unique Reggio Emilia approach to childcare offers a way for teachers to harness the children’s natural curiosity and creativity by encouraging them to work on projects that interest them. As a compassionate and inspired children’s nursery, children are at the centre of all we do!
A Reggio Emilia approach to childcare
Traditionally, a Reggio Emilia school echoes that of the city of Reggio Emilia with a central, indoor piazza or common area representing the traditional Italian town square – where buddies pass the time, bands march, marketers sell their wares or families take a stroll in the evening.
As in the city, Lighthouse Nursery piazza and hub serves as a place where children can intermingle or get together in larger groups. The classrooms and kitchen/dining area open directly off the piazza, with no connecting hallways to interrupt continuity. The children can observe the cooks at work and frequently help with meal preparation and clean-up. There is great freedom of movement between areas, including the outdoors.
By design, our Portishead centre itself becomes a city as children see activities unfolding around them. Reflected in our fantastic building, our old architectural lines help with the flow and feel of the children’s nursery. By adopting the Reggio Emilia approach, we’ve created a children’s nursery in Portishead that is its own personal wonderland for your children to belong.
A home away from home
At Lighthouse Nursery, we use a ‘family group’ system. Our key point is working with children in family groups that have mixed ages to feel natural, as if in a home environment.
Adopting the Reggio Emilia approach, our Portishead children’s nursery is not only a beautiful environment, it has also been designed to stimulate children by assigning various areas to different interests such as maths, construction, role-play and more. The kitchen is the centre and has display panels so that children can watch meals being prepared. The main building is called ‘the cottage’, where children can choose where they want to be and what they want to do. There is also an area called ‘the nest’ which is quiet and calm for younger children to relax away from the normal hustle and bustle when needed.
The building is a beautiful space full of plants, wood and natural materials. It is also designed to be heuristic – a place of self-discovery for children.