Reddam House Somerset – Where Children’s innate gifts are celebrated


Reddam House schools pride themselves on applying the unique Reggio Emilia educational approach to pre-school education. A teaching philosophy first developed in post-war Italy, it focuses on recognising and celebrating each individual pre-school child’s innate abilities and gifts. Children are regarded as competent and capable in their own right and the philosophy respects childhood as a time to explore, create and be joyful.

The layout of the physical space at Reddam House Somerset has been designed to encourage choices, problem solving and exploration. Teachers are skilled observers who determine individual needs and build on existing gifts and talents. The approach is balanced and giving, without undue academic pressure. The methodology encourages a feeling of belonging and instills innate confidence in children. Their learning environment is made to feel safe, welcoming and authentic.

Documentation of work in progress is made visible on large panels throughout the classroom, thereby keeping the memory of the work vivid and alive.