At Bambini Early Learning Centres the educators, children and their families embark each year on an annual project. These projects are inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach in Early Childhood.
The centres investigate a topic, which has been chosen to inspire and challenge. The project is the same for each of the centres, encouraging the educators from each centre to collaborate, communicate and discuss ideas and experiences with each other.
Each project lasts for at least six months and becomes the focus and central catalyst for all of the children’s curriculum. Children work in small groups with their peers and educators.
During this time, the educators document the learning, which has occurred and it is compiled to create a project book which is then given to each family to commemorate the annual project.
The topics of the projects are chosen by the Principal of the centres and are based around the following:
- Current news topics from around the world
- Socio-cultural ideas
- Our Australian history
- Indigenous Culture
- The Environment
- Sustainability practices
- Emotional and well being
- World Peace and mindfulness practices
- Animals and all living things
During the project the educators plan and incorporate the following key elements:
- Co-learners and collaborators
- Anti-biased curriculum
- Collaborative learning with child initiated activities included
- Strong understanding of the Reggio Emilia Approach
- Critical thinking
- Intentional teaching-educator directed
During the project the children are encouraged to experience the following:
- Be co-learners and collaborators
- Equal control with the direction of their learning
- Problem solving
- Critical and creative thinking
- Cognitive development
- Relationships with people, spaces and materials
- Real life problem solving and investigating
- Peer interactions
Past bambini projects:
- The Happiness Project: emotional and well being
- Big Earth Little Me: environment and sustainability practices
All creatures great and small: animals, extinction and conservation
- The Lorax: environmental- who is looking after the planet
- Making children visible in the community: socio cultural ideas, social media and community.
- Dot, Dot, Dot: Indigenous culture and Australia
- My Melbourne: community, indigenous culture and Australia past and present.