Reggio Emilia Aotearoa Christchurch - REACH


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REACH Canterbury is a group of educators from a range of Early Childhood, Primary and University settings. We are all interested in working in Reggio-inspired ways with our staff, students and school communities. The group plans to meet every second month to share readings and engage in dialogue about our experiences and developing understandings. We are focussed on networking with people interested in Reggio pedagogy and providing quality professional development opportunities for educators in Christchurch.

Past Events

The Cup Project with Bridgette Towle - REANZ

REANZ in collaboration with REACH the Christchurch Network presents an evening on 'The Cup Project' with Bridgette Towle. Bridgette Towle is the Pedagogical Leader at Kids’ Domain Early Learning Centre in Auckland. The Cup Project is focused on a year-long project undertaken by teachers’ at Kids’ Domain. The project provides a glimpse into the complexities of children working closely with an everyday material that opens up myriads of possibilities for thinking, collaboration and technology. We see the role of the teacher who skillfully works alongside children to document and navigate learning; deciding when to extend, to offer ideas or when to stand back, listen and observe. This presentation utilises and fore- grounds pedagogical documentation strategies, to make visible how a learning community engaged in the creative co-construction of knowledge.

Date:   Monday 9th April 2018 from 6.45-8.45pm

Venue: Haeata Community Campus 240 Breezes Road Christchurch 8061

Cost:    $50

Bank   acc: 12-3038-0408638-00

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Pedagogical documentation – digging deeper

Pedagogical Documentation ‘Digging Deeper’ Part 1 & Part 2

March / April 2018

Part One:       Kirsty Liljegren 

Kirsty Liljegren until recently was the Director of Cornish College ELC where many New Zealanders have visited this inspiring educational setting. Kirsty is a long standing member of Reggio Emilia Information Exchange Australia and has used the pedagogical provocations from Reggio Emilia to think about the question; ‘How do we as educators enable children to flourish?’.

This workshop will be an opportunity to revisit ideas and extend knowledge and understanding of the critical role that documentation plays in enriching the possibilities for the community of learners.

 There will be a focus on:

  • how documentation can inform curriculum
  • the role that documentation plays in our growing understanding of children
  • the many possibilities and strategies of making children’s learning visible
  • the role that pedagogical documentation has in supporting and enlightening children’s and teachers’ research
  • promoting teachers’ curiosity and continuous professional learning
  • the manageability of pedagogical documentation
  • ethical considerations


“The motivation to document children’s learning should be about wanting to know moreand to engage in critical reflection and debate to comprehend and unravel the wonders of children’s thinking and the complexity and inter connectedness that is the fabric of early childhood and education"        Wendy Shepherd, Rattler 109, 2014 

Participants are invited to bring along any examples of documentation (digital or paper) they would like to refer to, and reflect on during our discussions.           

This workshop is aimed at participants who have had experience with incorporating documentation as part of their every day practice.

Participants will be rejuvenated and inspired, bringing back ideas that can be transformed and utilised in their own context.

Part Two:     The ‘Cup Project'  Bridgette Towle

The second component of this professional learning opportunity will focus on a year-long project undertaken by teachers’ from Kids Domain Early Learning Centre. 

This project gives us a glimpse into the complexities of children working closely with an everyday material that opens up myriads of possibilities for thinking, collaboration and technology. We see the role of the teacher who skillfully works alongside children to navigate learning; deciding when to extend, to offer ideas or when to stand back, listen and observe. Time for discussion will be an important part of our time together.

A FULL DAY including morning tea and lunch PLUS an EVENING event for Christchurch only for all-inclusive price. 

  • Christchurch: Saturday March 10th & Monday 9th April. 
    • Venue: Haeata Community Campus, 240 Breezes Road, Christchurch 8061
    • Registration: $165 (GST Inclusive) per person for both days.  More Information


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Teaching for deep-seated and value-based pedagogical change: some provocations

Date: Wednesday 19 October 2016
Time: 6.30- 8.30pm (light supper provided at 6.30, presentation starts at 7pm)

Where: Lecture theatre 1, Otakaro building, College of Education, Health and Human Development, Dovedale Avenue

Fee: $20
Payments to REACH bank account: Internet banking number: 12 3038 0408638 55 Please use your name and school/centre as a reference.

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Intellectual and pedagogical teacher engagement during professional development and mentoring moments is usually personal, emotional and committed. Teachers tend to be enthusiastic about their new learning. However, it seems that the spectre of technical practice often continues to dominate pedagogical thinking when teachers begin to translate their learning into

their everyday practice. This workshop will address the question: why is it so difficult to match a vision for children with the reality of everyday interactions in early childhood and school settings? The power point presentation and workshop will challenge and provoke teachers to explore for themselves the interface between philosophy and pedagogy and everyday ‘technical’ practice in
early childhood and the ‘first-years- of-school’ settings drawing on Reggio-inspired concepts but also drawing on concepts that have arisen out of Aoteraoa NZ national curriculum. It will be suggested that pedagogical change in everyday practice needs to happen via the deepest levels of our thinking.

Diti Hill recently retired as Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. She continues to be involved in post-graduate supervision, research and writing. For over forty years Diti has been actively involved with a wide range of early childhood services and organisations as parent, teacher and teacher educator. Over the past 21 years, Diti has facilitated and co-facilitated professional development, conversation groups and conferences, drawing on the intellectually- engaging philosophy and pedagogy of Reggio Emilia. She is a trustee of REANZ (Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand), an organisation that promotes the philosophy and pedagogy of Reggio

Emilia in the Aoteraoa New Zealand context and is also national president of OMEP Aotearoa New Zealand. Diti is passionate about inspiring teachers to explore and debate the nature of the teaching-learning process and to reflect on the effect that personal pedagogical practice has on their own lives and the lives of the children they teach. 



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