George Bernard Shaw - “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.”

Children's Projects at Greenfields

At Greenfields we share the Reggio ethos of children being ‘competent, powerful, strong and rich in potential’.  This is our starting point for all of our work with children as we have high expectations of their capabilities and achievements.

We have two artists in residence based at Greenfields one day a week; Rosie Potter and Kirstie Reid.  Rosie Potter is also Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts London.  Rosie and Kirstie have developed a number of inspiring creative projects with the children.  Some of these have been published by the magazine Nursery World and are included below for you to enjoy.

Reggio Emilia

Greenfields has been strongly influenced by the work and philosophy of Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggio Emilia pre-schools in Northern Italy.  A number of staff at Greenfields have visited the nurseries in Italy to learn more about their approach.

Central to the Reggio approach is the image of the child as rich in potential, strong, powerful and competent.  Children and childhood are greatly valued and respected.  Children are seen not as ‘citizens of the future’, but as ‘citizens now’.  The different experiences, ideas and opinions that children bring to discussions are taken seriously and held in high regard by adults.  Parents and families are seen as central to the learning and nursery community.

In his poem ‘No way the hundred is there.’ Malaguzzi describes the hundred languages of expression that children use to interpret their world and represent their ideas and theories. In the Reggio pre-schools these languages are recognised, respected and fostered in a creative learning environment.

Children’s learning is developed through their involvement in long and short term projects which develop out of first hand experiences and their theories about the world.  Each of the pre-schools has a practising artist who is there to stimulate and nurture the curiosity and creativity of the children and to act as an enabler in the development of projects.

If you would like to know more please follow the links below.