Sightlines Initiative

promoting creative and reflective practice in early childhood education


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                    ... to our programme for 2021.

Many of these events are discursive, although some are a presentation style. If you are interested in a group participation, for example, a whole staff group, please contact to discuss a group rate, and practicalities. We want to encourage group participation, but as the seminars differ in style we need to consider each case, and can hopefully offer you a discount and coupon code. Email  to enquire. 

If you are interested in discussing bespoke professional development possibilities for your centre please get in touch: via the above email.

Go HERE if you want to read about past events, presentations seminars.


Co-constructing learning in the English EYFS - an introductory course

The English EYFS Statutory requirements have four overarching principles – unique child, positive relationships, enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their interestsand needs and help them build their learning over time.

Children and adults construct the curriculum together: practitioners….build on children’s motivations and interests to support and extend their development and learning. The curriculum is co-constructed between children, practitioners and families. Children bring funds of knowledge-based interests to the setting, and they are motivated to learn through connecting new experiences to what they already know and can do.

Birth to Five Matters 2021 p.39

This introductory four-session course focusses on working with principles and characteristics of social co-constructive early childhood education pedagogy in relationship to these statutory requirements and related non-statutory guidelines. It provides an opportunity for educators to develop their practice, expertise and capacity to build environments in which children’s learning flourishes. It is founded upon building learning environments of ENCOUNTER, ENQUIRY, EXCHANGE, EXPRESSION

encounter pic enquiry pic  exchange pic  expression pic

Using examples from Sightlines Initiative reference projects work available on the Birth to Five Matters resource library, and from our long-standing experience of the work of Reggio Emilia’s preschools, the course will discuss:

  1. Understanding and enabling co-construction;
  2. Exploring processes of enquiry;
  3. Being responsive & responsible educators;
  4. Building your reflective systems.

It is ideal for managers, nursery heads and teams of educators who are actively developing their pedagogy together.

Everybody knows that early years’ educators can be creative, critical and reflective; that young children are creative, strong, powerful learners, and that educators and children thrive in creative enabling environments … It’s very difficult to turn beliefs, values and aspirations into practice … there’s a gap between what we want to do and what actually happens. This work is designed for everybody who wants to bridge that gap.

Mary Jane Drummond, Early Childhood Education Consultant

Date Wednesday 13th October 2021
End Date Wednesday 1st December 2021
Available places 0
Cut off date Tuesday 12th October 2021
Price £140
Member Discount 10%
Group Discount

2 - 3 people = £125 p.p.

4 - 8 people = £120p.p.

Please enquire regarding larger groups. Discount is calculated during Group Registration process.


Dr. Christine Merrick

Robin Duckett

Liz Elders

Please Note:

Seminar Dates:

  • 13th October
  • 3rd November
  • 17th November
  • 1st December
  • The online platform will be Zoom: the link will be issued on the previous working day.

    You can download the information pdf below and share with colleagues.

    Times Wednesdays @ 4 - 5.30pm
    Location/Map online
    Download info Learning is What We Do Together - introduction to co-constructive edn in EYFS 2021.pdf

    Sorry, the event is now full and we could not accept more registration

    Have you always wanted to hear directly and in detail about the Reggio Emilia Approach® from Reggio Emilia’s own educators and pedagogistas; and to have the opportunity to engage in live discussion?


    With Reggio Children, Reggio Emilia’s organisation dedicated to international professional development, we are collaborating to offer a friendly and live substantial online study opportunity, especially for educators and others who are relatively new to encountering Reggio Emilia’s early childhood principles and experience.

    Here is advance information and special participation opportunities.

    It is a full immersion in the Reggio Emilia Approach® with 20 hours of live and recorded materials and the times of live events are specifically scheduled to make it easier for those in UK and similar time zones: most of the live events will be at 4pm UK time.

    This will be a Reggio Children study group with international participation.

    Sightlines Initiative has a priority registration access. When you activate the 'Book' button below, your browser will open a seperate registration on Reggio Children's website. From that page, you can register.The coupon "UK2021" must be inserted at the end of the shopping cart. By using this code, you will additionally be registered to participate in supplementary November/December seminars and discussion hosted by Sightlines Initiative:

    • Listening and relationship as a foundation of practice in your setting
    • Educators reflecting and building knowledge together: seeing & working with children’s fascinations
    • Formations of children’s learning groups in an environment of enquiry.
    • along with Background and introductory articles.

    These are intended to contextualise the experience of Reggio Emilia, and initiate pathways for you and your colleagues to make relational pedagogy the heart of your work with children and their families. A further programme will also be available to support the continuing evolution of your practice.

    Date Friday 15th October 2021
    End Date Friday 22nd October 2021
    Registration Start Date Tuesday 7th September 2021
    Price Euros 700
    Please Note:

    Download the Advance Information pdf and share with colleagues.

    Location/Map online
    Download info October digital Reggio Children Study Week.pdf

    We are no longer accepting registration for this event

    How do children make meaning through multiple modes or ‘languages’, including the visual? How can we recognise, value and support all children’s metaphorical thinking? What can we learn about our own understanding in the process?

    Stickman"Furry Stickman" - Winnie, Little Jungle School of Early ChildhoodLondon ReFocus has been considering these questions throughout a two-year project exploring ‘Visual Metaphor’, initiated as a Sightlines Network project in 2019 & inspired by a recent project focus in Reggio Emilia’s preschools and infant-toddler centres. You can read initial project descriptions and papers through following the link. 

    The event will showcase some of the ongoing collaborative reflection and enquiry from early years settings in and around London. We will consider the importance of materials, environments and the adult’s role in supporting children to make visual metaphors, and what insights these can offer into children’s thinking.

     London ReFocus is part of the Sightlines Initiative Network, bringing together educators, artists, researchers and others interested in developing a creative and reflective approach to early years education, inspired by the practice of Reggio Emilia. 

    All are welcome to hear about our work and we will share an invitation to join us for the next stage of the project.

    Our language is full of metaphor; arguably it comprises metaphor: as educators working to attune ourselves to a way of seeing the world metaphorically, we also are working to attune ourselves to the way others see the world , and can see the word metaphorically. We are also working to figure out the ways in which we can present educational opportunities or constructs for children  in order to amplify  their potentials, to exercise their own competencies  …

    Date Thursday 18th November 2021
    Price free
    Presenters Members of London ReFocus
    Please Note: You will be sent a Zoom link upon registration, so look out for the email.
    Times 4.30 - 6p.m.
    Location/Map online