Childcare students visit Italy to learn international perspectives of early years education


31 childcare students from East Coast College have recently returned from a trip to Reggio Emilia in Italy.

The aim of the trip was to look at international perspectives of early years education.

Whilst in Italy the students visited places such as the Mary Poppins Nursery, the Colonnello Lugli School and the Loris Malguzzi International Centre.

Whilst at the famous Loris Malaguzzi centre the students learnt that ‘if you trust children you trust the future’ and are now really keen to introduce this concept into their practice. The approach celebrates children’s discoveries and experimentation and embraces their natural curiosity rather than correcting them. The students all found this very interesting and had a brilliant day.

Holly Chase, East Coast College’s Curriculum Manager for Childcare, said:

“Our childcare students were given a fantastic opportunity to look at education from an international perspective. This will enable students to reflect on current practice in the UK and I am sure it will have inspired many of our students to progress with their education onto the next level and for many into Higher Education.”