Reggio Professional Learning

Conversations in Auckland

REANZ invites you to join Bridgette Towle and Diti Hill-Denee to explore the interface between the concept of intra-active pedagogy (Lenz Taguchi 2010), the principles and philosophy of Reggio Emilia, and the bicultural context of early learning in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The two conversation evenings will be of particular interest to teachers who are wanting to deepen their understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach and to expand their philosophical thinking in the context of their practice.

Dates:    Wednesday 8th August Wednesday 12th September

 Time:    6.30pm—8.30pm

Venue:         Kohia Education Centre, The University of Auckland,

                    78 Epsom Avenue, Auckland.

                     PARKING : Gate 2, level 2.

Cost:   $75 per person for 2 evenings

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Conversations in Hamilton



Nga mihi nui ki a koutou! 

At long last - For those Friends of REANZ who are located in Hamilton or the wider Waikato, Bay of Plenty area:

REANZ invites you to join Diti Hilland Helen Aitken in a 3-part Introductory conversation series for teachers, aimed to explore the guiding principles of the pedagogy of Reggio Emilia.  The three evenings will be of interest to teachers who are just beginning to explore the ideas that underpin this way of thinking about children’s learning.  The third evening will build on the first two evenings, with a focus on specific project work and the process behind the ‘progetazzione’ or project.

  We ask that participants commit to attending all 3 conversation evenings.

*We are wanting to keep the group size to around 40 people so a maximum of 10 participants per service please


Dates:        Monday 20thAugust 2018

                   Monday 24thSeptember 2018

                   Monday 15thOctober 2018          

Time:         6pm—8pm

Venue:      The Link Community Centre(beside St Andrews Presbyterian Church)

                  In the Purdie Hall/Fellowship Lounge 

                  6 Te Aroha Street


Cost:   $75 per personfor3 evenings 

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The Language of Light and Shadow Puppets



Saturday May 12: 9 – 1pm
Thursday June 14: 7 – 8:30 pm


Epsom Campus University of Auckland


Cost per person $45 includes both sessions

Morning Tea provided

Come and experience how light and shadow can be used as an expressive ‘language’ by children and teachers. The presentation will discuss how ideas from the Reggio Emilia approach can be used to inspire programmes in the New Zealand EC context. The workshop will involve a hand on art component where participants will use Māori mythology as the provocation for their own creative story making and telling.

“The language of Light and Shadow Puppets is presented by Lisa Terrini, senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Education, author and editor of ecARTnz online magazine. Lisa is part of REID (Reggio Emilia Inspired Dialogue) a group of Wellington early childhood educators who are influenced by the Reggio Emilia Pedagogy.


Note: Please register by emailing registration to and provide the name of participant(s), participants' email address and the name of centre/school. 

Numbers are limited to 30

Please register by Tuesday 1 May


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2018 Autumn Series: Infants and Toddlers

Thinking outside the square to transform our practice with Infants and Toddlers

Due to popular demand we are offering this series again in Auckland

Your TEAM can think differently and make changes to their practice, changes that support opportunities for infants and toddlers to explore and interact with their environment in new ways? We will highlight the values that underpin quality teaching in Reggio Emilia and how that interfaces with Te Whāriki, by sharing teachers stories from both Reggio Emilia and Aotearoa New Zealand.


               Wednesday 11th April 2018 (Cancelled due to Power Outage)

Because we had to cancel the first evening, there is now a new date for the 3rd evening.

               Wednesday  9th   May 2018

               Wednesday 13th June 2018

New Date: 

Wednesday 11th July 2018

Time:       7.00pm – 9.00pm

Venue:    Kohia Centre, Gate 1, 78 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Auckland

Parking: Gate 2, Level 2 

Cost:      $90 inclusive for all 3 evenings

Click Here to Register Online

You may register one or more attendees for this event. You MUST pay for your registration during the online process.

You will be asked to enter your contact details. If you are purchasing multiple tickets, you will be asked to enter the details of your colleagues.

Confirmation Email

At the conclusion of the online registration you will receive a confirmation email with links to your registration record, receipt and event ticket. Please print the event ticket and take with you to the event.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds less 50% will be given if written notification is received 10 days before the event. There are no refunds after this time, but we will consider substituting names. for this event

Pedagogical documentation – digging deeper

Pedagogical Documentation ‘Digging Deeper’ Part 1 & Part2

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

An evening with Kirtsy and an evening with Bridgette in all other regions with a light snack provided.

  • Wellington:  Monday 12th March & Tuesday 10th April.  
  • Hawkes Bay: Tuesday 13th March & Thursday 12th April. 
  • Auckland: Thursday 15th March & Thursday 5th April. 


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A Pedagogy of Relations 

The REANZ network is pleased to offer teachers across New Zealand the opportunity to hear from and engage with Margo Hobba and Chris Celada.  Margo and Chris bring to our shores a wealth of wisdom and in-depth understanding of the principles of Reggio Emilia, the notion of epistemology- ‘building knowledge’ -and the way in which children build their knowledge and carry out research.  They have both had long careers in early childhood and tertiary education. Based on their studies around the educational project in Reggio Emilia and working on from their previous project Teachers IN research with children they will be facilitating: 


Malaguzzi described objects as being “part of a thinking society”. Rather than being passive, inert and fixed, materials have the power to change the way we think and see the world. 

During your time with Chris and Margo we will encounter materials in new and complex ways and consider the relation between materiality and learning. 

A series of evening workshops across New Zealand

These evening workshops will be organised by REANZ Trust and hosted by our regional network groups in Auckland, Manawatu and Christchurch in June 2017.  They will all run from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm with a cost of $75.00 per person including GST.  

Here are the dates: 

Auckland – Reggio Emilia Auckland (REA)

Monday 19 June 2017

Venue: Kohia Centre, Gate 1, 78 Epsom Ave. Epsom, Auckland

Manawatu – Reggio Emilia Manawatu (REM)

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Venue: Conference1, Manawatu Golf Club, 19 Centennial Drive, Palmerston North

Christchurch – Reggio Emilia Christchurch Region (REACH)

Wednesday 21 June 2017

Room Wheti 451 University of Canterbury, Christchurch

Click here For more Information 

Click here Registration Form for all above Seminars 

A pedagogy of relations: RESEARCHING LEARNING

 constructing connections through research 

 “There are a hundred ways of expressing the concept of teachers as researchers; it is a part of the architecture of thinking of the educational project of Reggio Emilia. Working as teachers as researchers can’t be taught, it is only possible to feel it, it must be experienced, it is a real part of life.”  (Carla Rinaldi, 2015)

 In this workshop Chris and Margo will offer an intensive experience for participants to engage in research about their own processes of learning as a way of expanding sensitivities to the knowledge building processes of children.  This workshop will be conducted over two, non consecutive days. The content connects theory and practice through building on work conducted by the participants prior to and between the workshop days. There are possibilities for supported research to continue further into the year. 

 REANZ is offering a unique opportunity- in both the North and South Islands - to engage in intensive professional learning with Margo Hobba and Chris Celada, consultants from Australia. Commencing in March 2017,with two full day meetings, and going through to June 2017, Margo and Chris will facilitate, mentor and support ‘face to face’ and ‘distance’ professional learning with the focus being on an exploration of own practice and knowledge-building over time. The professional learning will end with a full day meeting in June. At the conclusion of the two day experience in March there will be an opportunity to signal your definite participation (or not) in the ongoing research. 

We invite educators, teachers and practitioners who have a background in and a passion for Reggio Emilia-inspired teaching to register their interest. This professional learning opportunity will be particularly suitable for a small group of people from one early childhood setting.

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