Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange (REAIE) conference 2023

Tamariki working with clay

Teachers at Bear Park see ourselves as reflective researchers and continue to develop our practice by inquiring into and sharing in pedagogical thinking that generates deepened or new understandings of teaching and learning. Professional development is therefore an essential part of our practice here at Bear Park, and in July this year a group of […]

Reggio Emilia with Kaiako Samara

Investing in our teachers is paramount in our thinking, so providing opportunities for international professional development is one of our natural ways of ensuring this.

Encountering Reggio and discovering the purpose of technology

Since the Loris Malaguzzi Centre opened over a decade ago, it has been a dedicated meeting place for those in early childhood learning to combine professional development and research for people in Reggio Emilia, Italy, as well as those worldwide who seek to innovate education and culture. One of Bear Park’s early childhood teachers, Melissa […]

Book Recommendations for Parents and Teachers

Book Recommendations for Parents and Teachers Recently we realised how many incredible books are piling up on our table, and decided to share our book recommendations for parents and teachers. These recommendations with you all. Each book approaches early childhood learning and our relationships with children from a different perspective. From young people and their […]

What I Learned: REAIE Conference, Sydney, Australia

In July last year, one of Bear Park Patey Street’s teachers, Bonnie, attended the REAIE Conference in Sydney Australia. Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange (REAIE) organises the four day event. Key note speakers from the town of Reggio Emilia in Italy (where all the magic happens) flew over to share their wealth of knowledge with […]

4 Ways To Bring Reggio Into Your Home: Part II

Part 2 of our useful guide on how inspire meaningful play outside the classroom. Read on to discover our key tips for engaging your child in Reggio-inspired play. 3. Spend lots of time outside Nature is hugely restorative, both for adults and children. Deepen your child’s connection to the natural world by taking walks, picking fruit or […]

4 Ways To Bring Reggio Into Your Home: Part 1

Our teachers have had lots of requests from parents who would like to integrate Reggio philosophy at home. With this in mind, we’ve whipped up a useful guide that aims to inspire meaningful play outside the classroom. Read on to discover our key tips for engaging your child in meaningful play. Part 2 to follow! 1. Unstructured […]

MiNDFOOD: Five minutes with Katja Keene-Fabig

Recently, Bear Park’s atelierista Katja Keene-Fabig had the pleasure of being interviewed by MiNDFOOD magazine! They were curious to know more about her role as an art educator. For those who have always wanted to know more about this profession, we hope the following Q&A helps to de-mystify the profession a little. In your own […]

What I’ve Learned: Naomi McCutcheon, Centre Director

Good news! Another talented teacher embraced the Bear Park learning culture by spending time in Italy this year, visiting the birthplace of Reggio Emilia philosophy. Naomi McCutcheon is Centre Director for our Kohimarama centre. She soaked up the spring weather for 10 days in April, learning with other educators. Read on below for her insights and […]

Staff Trip to Italy – Reggio Emilia Philosophies

Bear Park teacher Hiromi McCarthy-Dowd jetted off on a staff trip to Italy earlier this year to gain first-hand experience of the Reggio Emilia philosophies. Here she reflects on the culture of community that their teachers and parents have embraced, and how we can introduce these practices into our own circles here in New Zealand. […]