Recently, the team at St Nicholas Early Education Chisholm embarked on an op-shopping trip to collect resources and materials to further construct Reggio-Inspired environments. Together, they selected the Maitland mall where they explored four op-shops and collected a vast range of resources and materials.
During the op-shopping trip, the team worked collaboratively, discussing and sharing ideas around the building of spaces and environments. They were on the lookout for open-ended materials that could be used within their centre to support the use of the environment as the third teacher, a key element of the Reggio Emilia Approach. They were also looking for resources and materials that were natural and aesthetically pleasing to support the construction of a home-like environment for the children.
After a successful shopping trip, the team returned to their centre and brought their spaces to life with the new resources and materials they had collected. They were motivated and inspired by the experience, and their passion for providing meaningful learning experiences for children was evident in the spaces they created.
Our Chisholm centre team is committed to supporting their staff’s morale by listening to and supporting their feedback. They act intentionally to further motivate and inspire, boosting staff morale within the centre as the ideas, visions and feedback of their educators become evident within their centre practices.
Through their commitment to the Reggio Emilia Approach and their recent op-shopping trip, our Chisholm centre team have created meaningful and engaging environments that support children’s learning and development.
Well done, Team!