Our Philosophy

Saigon Kids Centre is a learning community, built around the relationships of all the children, families, and teachers that make up our programme. Our work together is shaped by our commitment to an emergent curriculum and inspired by the ideas and experiences of the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Our programme is driven by children’s curiosity and natural inclination to learn through play. Teachers observe children’s play and listen carefully to children’s questions in order to support emergent projects and creations that come directly from the children instead of the teachers. By creating a curriculum that focuses on exploration, discovery and exciting adventures, children are prepared to learn as they learn best... through the joy of experience itself.  Teachers invite the children to learn about topics they express interest in and endeavour to honor the competence and creativity of each child.

The Reggio Emilia philosophy encompasses :

A respectful image of children as competent and capable
The role of the teacher as a co-researcher and co-constructor in the learning process
The child’s role in constructing knowledge through exploration and relationships
The importance of the school environment as an educational force and a source of well-being
The use of a wide range of media and materials to foster self-expression, learning and communication (The Hundred Languages of Children)
The interrelationship and reciprocal influence of children, parents and teachers
The value of collaboration among all participants in an educational system
The relationship between the school and community

From the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance 

Saigon Kids is Reggio Emilia-inspired. " What does this mean ?

Reggio Emilia, a city in Northern Italy, is world famous for its municipal preschools. We've been influenced by the work that emerges from these schools, and their global counterparts. See the Reggio sites below on YouTube for more information
Our curriculum is built fresh each year as teachers discover each new group's interests. One 3 year old group might love puppetry and teachers will build on this passion. A group of 4 year olds might recreate the solar system, build a robot, or fashion a flag for the school. Our teachers of our younger groups observe them in play and may do a project about developing friendships, or look at  sensory exploration, and design long-term explorations for parents and children. We work hard to guide children's explorations, providing just the right amount of support. Our goal is always for children to be asking, thinking and hypothesizing about the way the world works... that is our Reggio inspiration!