The best for preschool teachers: Reggio Emilia Approach, Montessori method, Outdoor Education and much more

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Course category: Preschool Teaching Methods
Locations: Bologna, Palermo
Preregistration: Online in the course webpage

Related courses: Non-Formal Education Teaching Methods and Strategies​, Outdoor Education courses: a new way of teaching and learning, Innovative teaching methods for teachers, school and adult education staff

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Course overview

From the Reggio Emilia Approach to Outdoor Education, from the Montessori Method to Non Formal Education. The world of early childhood and preschool education is in constant development and for preschool teachers is crucial to keep up with the new trends and stay on top of what's current. This training course for preschool teachers will be a springboard for exploring the main principles, features and benefits of the best preschool approaches. Joining this training course, preschool teachers will have the chance to explore the growing trends in preschool education and will learn in a practical and experiential way which the activities and approaches are most suited for their purposes. Teachers will learn how to design their own activities based on the needs and realities of their pupils as well as learning and practicing outdoor activities, learning games and concrete ideas to foster preschool pupils creativity and learning.

Learning Outcomes

This course provides participants with an overview on the most innovative teaching and pedagogy approaches for preschool education by providing a analytical as well as a practical, cooperative, inspirational and stimulating space where to get to know, learn, experiment and practice new ideas, activities, strategies and methods.
The general aim of this teacher training course is to foster excellence and innovation in preschool and early childhood education by empowering and inspiring preschool teachers and directors to discover the most effective approaches while sharing best practices and experiences with fellow participants and educators throughout all Europe gaining as well a broader understanding of preschool education in Europe.
Thanks to this training course the participants will:
- Get acquainted with the new trends and most effective approach in early childhood and preschool education
- Learn about the key principles of the Montessori Method and Loris Malaguzzi’s Reggio Emilia Approach;
- Discover the benefits of embedding nature and biodiversity in preschool activities;
- Experience and practice inspirational outdoor education activities;
- Learn how to design, prepare and deliver interactive Non-Formal Education learning activities and games;
- Get to know and experiment learning games and activities to stimulate early years children creativity and social development;
- Exchange best practices and share experiences about preschool education with teachers and education staff coming throughout Europe;
- Visit Italian preschools and kindergartens and network with individuals and institutions working in preschool education.

Target Audience

This course is open to: teachers, directors, managers, educators and other staff of preschool and childhood institutions with pupils aged 0 - 6 years old.


Standard daily programme

Please find below the standard indicative daily programme that will be personalized on participants needs and professional profiles.
Our standard program comprises 7 days of course, of which the first one is dedicated to networking, preparation and cultural immersion and the last one to follow up, specific needs and cultural activities. Please note that we always do our best to accommodate the specific needs of our participants in a flexible way, including but not limited to budget restrictions and travel arrangement. Participants can choose to arrive 1 day before the start of the course and/or leave one day after the end of it in order to enjoy a deeper cultural immersion. Upon specific request we can organize longer or shorter versions of this course.
Day 1
- Participants arrival
- Orientation and information about the venue and the city
- Networking activities
- Walking tour in the venue’s city
Day 2
- Course introduction
- Teambuilding activities
- Competences ex-ante evaluation
- Reflections on current teaching practices and styles
- Introductoin to experential learning and Kolb’s learning cyle
- The key principles of non-formal education
- How to foster students’ independence, creativity and critical thinking through non-formal, informal and experiential learning activities
- Practicing, designing and delivering non-formal activities and preschool games
Day 3
- Non-Formal activities to strengthen teamwork, effective cooperation and respect
- Learning and performing speaking and role-play games
- Practicing, designing and delivering non-formal activities and preschool games
- Visit to a local preschool/kindergarten
- Cultural activities in the venue’s city
Day 4
- Introduction to the Montessori Method
- A constructivist model, learning concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction
- Visit to a Montessori preschool
- Questions and discussion with local teachers working in the Montessori preschool
- Optional cultural visit outside the venue’s city (Florence, Cefalù, El Teide...)
Day 5
- Key principles and benefits about outdoor education and outdoor learning
- The value of outdoor education for personal, social and relational development
- How to safely design, plan and deliver outdoor preschool education activities
- Practicing, designing and delivering outdoor group exercises and challenges, problem solving games and experiential activities in the nature
Day 6
- Introduction to the Reggio-Emilia Approach
- Learning through experiences of touching, moving, listening, and observing
- Providing preschool pupils endless ways and opportunities to express themselves
- Introduction to Design Thinking
- Designing a learning activity that incorporates the knowledge acquired through a Design Thinking process
- Presentation in plenary, feedback and discussion
- Cultural activities in the venue's city
- Farewell dinner
Day 7
- Space for discussion of future cooperation and planning follow up activities
- Course roundup and final evaluation
- Validation of learning outcomes and certification ceremony
- Additional training session tailored to specific needs (optional)
- Optional cultural activities or additional guided visit in another major city
- Participants departure


We tailor the working methods based upon participants’ needs, attitudes and professional profiles in order to ensure high productivity, effectiveness and transferability into practice.
The standard methodology is highly practical and participative with hands-on approach that comprises real-job examples, case studies examination and simulations. We embrace collaboratively working methods that foster mutual learning and cooperation among participants. Our focus is on learning in an interactive and international environment knowledge applicable to the real contexts and/or in the classroom. The pedagogical methods that we use are based upon experiential training, group and peer activities, learning-by-doing and best practices’ exchange. They include visits with local schools and institutions allowing the participants to better understand the local education system as well as exchange ideas and contacts.
Morning Wrap-up and brief daily evaluations are foreseen to ensure quality of education and to adapt the learning programme to participants' needs better tailoring the education.
We organize optional social, networking and cultural activities in order to give participants the opportunity to know Italy as well as to exchange best-practice and establish professional cooperation and links.
The training and staff team is multinational thus giving a full European dimension to the course.
To discover more on our courses check the ELA Blog, our photogallery and videogallery and give a look to what past participants say about us and our courses.

Sessions planned

You can find below the sessions planned. If none of these dates suits you please mind that we may organize an additional session ad-hoc for your school if there are at least 6 participants interested so feel welcome to contact us at to let us know about your needs. When adding an ad-hoc session we may be able to organize it in your language.
13/02/2022 - 19/02/2022 (Bologna)
01/05/2022 - 07/05/2022 (Bologna)
05/06/2022 - 11/06/2022 (Bologna)
23/10/2022 - 29/10/2022 (Bologna)
27/11/2022 - 03/12/2022 (Palermo)
05/02/2023 - 11/02/2023 (Bologna)
05/03/2023 - 11/03/2023 (Palermo)
23/04/2023 - 29/04/2023 (Bologna)
04/06/2023 - 10/06/2023 (Bologna)
04/06/2023 - 10/06/2023 (Palermo)
15/10/2023 - 21/10/2023 (Bologna)
05/11/2023 - 11/11/2023 (Palermo)
26/11/2023 - 02/12/2023 (Bologna)

Language of the course

The course is held in English. For groups with at least 8 participants, we can organize an ad-hoc session in a different language.
Please write an email to to get more information about it.

Costs and Erasmus+ funding

Teachers, trainers, headmasters and any other staff of education organizations are eligible to receive an Erasmus+ grant covering all the costs to attend our training courses including travel, board and lodging, cultural activities and all fees. Our training courses are tailored to be fully funded by Erasmus+ and we offer different options to ensure the best comfort and quality at a price that is within the Erasmus+ grant.
We are proud to tailor our training courses to both participants' learning and practical needs and to ease your participation at our training courses, we will gladly take care of all the practical arrangements. If you prefer, you can take care of some of the practical arrangements by yourself (e.g. meals, local transport...), though we will manage the organization of your accommodation in order to ensure optimal logistic organization, safety and time-efficiency. We always provide board and lodging in the same hotel in which we organize the course thus ensuring optimal comfort and potential of networking with the fellow participants. Read more about how we take care of your subsistence and practical arrangements.
The most common option that we offer to schools and organisations costs EUR 1220 and includes course fee, certification and support fee, accommodation in single room, 2 coffee breaks per day, 3 meals per day, walking tour in the venue’s city, a sum-up dissemination video and local transport during the course. For schools sending 2 or more participants we can offer accommodation in double rooms and we can provide as well accommodation for people or relatives accompanying the participants.
When attending our courses, we recommend you to request 9 days of individual support for your subsistence costs, 7 days for the course plus 2 additional days for the travel. In this way you can have more flexibility in planning your stay and you can enjoy all the cultural activities planned from the first to the last day of the course. You can read here more about the Erasmus+ funding. Shall you have need any help with filling the budget during the application stage or have any problem with your grant please let us know and we will see support you.

Certification and validation of learning outcomes

At the end of the course, each participant will be awarded a certificate of attendance in , together - if requested - with the Europass Mobility Certificate.

Our certificates are in line with the Erasmus Quality Standards and so include a short description of the course and its learning outcomes, dates, venues, the name of the course provider and the course instructor(s).

We support the participants in every step of certification and validation of learning outcomes with specific focus on European instruments and Erasmus plus requirements such as staff mobility/learning agreement, quality commitment and Europass mobility certificate.

We experienced that schools and education organizations may require additional documents to certify the competences learned or the presence in the training course. Upon request we can provide those documents as well as we provide photos of the training course and a sum-up video that can be used for visibility and dissemination purposes.


The Erasmus Learning Academy

The The Erasmus Learning Academy (ELA), is a training centre that strongly supports and believes in the innovation, modernisation and internationalisation of education.

Our mission is to foster excellence and quality improvements in education and training. We design and deliver training courses and structured training events for teachers, trainers, headmaster and other education staff and we support them in participating in learning mobility experiences (e.g. jobshadowing, study visits, ...) to foster the improvement of their competences and the quality of education.

We work in the education sector since more than 10 years, thus we know the real context and the challenges which teachers are facing every day. Fueled by our genuine, motivated and passionate approach, we regularly participate in international training and European conference to keep our know-how up-to-date. We actively participate in the network of Erasmus organizations in a multitude of ways: hosting participants from other countries and sending our staff abroad through Erasmus+ KA1 mobility projects; taking part in conferences and contact activities organised by the National Agencies and the EU institutions; ideating or participating in Erasmus+ KA2 innovation projects and strategic partnerships; sharing our knowledge with other organisations that have less experience in the Programme by providing advice, mentorship or other support.

We’ve a strong know-how in organizing international training courses for teachers, headmasters and educational staff and in the last 5 years we’ve successfully received and trained over 3000 teachers and education staff coming from all over Europe as you can read from the reviews on School Education Gateway and on our website.

We’ve extensive experience in delivering education staff training especially in the framework of European programmes. You can read here more about our experience and meet our team. We’ve experience in providing linguistic, pedagogical and cultural preparation before the course as well as support and assistance during and after it. We know how to support and guide participants providing clear and comprehensive information before the courses and how to assess and recognize their learning outcomes through national and European instruments (i.e. Europass, ECVET, …). We put a strong effort on facilitating the share the process of sharing results and knowledge gained during the course.

Past participants appreciated especially the quality of instructions, our interactive and hands-on approach focused on practice and experiential training as well as our support in project implementation, practical arrangements, certification and dissemination. Most of our participants receive funding from the Erasmus+ programme.

As partner, we bring a strong added value to an Erasmus+ project thanks to our long-lasting experience, our international presence (eTwinning, SEG, EPALE…), our involvement as stakeholder in EC initiatives and our dissemination and visibility capacity.

We know how crucial is providing linguistic, pedagogical and cultural preparation before the mobility, as well as support and assistance after it. That's why we go the extra mile to support and guide participants, providing clear and comprehensive information before the courses and making them feel comfortable and safe. You can read here the 7 reasons why we may be the right partner for you.

We work in the education sector since more than 10 years, thus we know the real context, the challenges that teachers are facing every day. We regularly participate in international training and European conference to keep our know-how up-to-date. We’re experience in tailoring our courses to the participants needs and profiles thus enhancing personal and professional development.

Our approach

We support our partners in every step of the course: from application, to preparation, to monitoring and evaluation, to organization of practical arrangements and collection of all final documentation. During the application phase, we can guide you with our experience, providing concrete tips as well as the learning outcomes and daily schedules of our courses. We tailor our training courses to both our participants' learning and personal needs. For this reason, we provide personalized working methods and training programmes based on the participants thus ensuring that the competences learned are relevant and applicable to real contexts. This is why our courses are unique and special, each in its own way. At the end of each course, we provide participants with photos of the activities and a summary video to help our partners in the dissemination phase.

We put a special emphasis on the social and cultural dimension of our courses. We are in love with our culture and we’re glad to offer foreigners the opportunity to get a taste of it. Beside the training activities, for the participants interested to discover our artistic heritage and traditions, we organize cultural and recreational activities. Upon request, we organize guided tours to some of the most beautiful Italian cities like Florence and Venice. During our courses in Palermo, we can arrange visits to the pictoresque Cefalù. When in Tenerife, participants will have the opportunity to visit El Teide volcano and relax in Lago Martianez.

We’ve been abroad in training courses and we know what teachers need to feel cared for. We're proud that our participants feel at home during our courses and we undertake to make them feel comfortable and to cater for their personal, practical and educational needs. Indeed, in addition to delivering the training, to ease and enhance your participation at our training courses we can take care of all the practical arrangements. We provide board and lodging in the same hotel where the course takes place, thus ensuring the best comfort and coziness as well as effective time management. With our standard format, accommodation, meals, local transport during the courses as well as cultural programme are provided by us and are fully covered by the Erasmus+ funding. In this way participants just need to organise their travel and can rely on us for all the other practical arrangements.

Above all, we know the impact we can have on society, we love our work and we enjoy being with teachers and education staff. You’ll see it, you’ll feel it.

Our quality standards

The Erasmus Learning Academy follows high standards of quality in line with its mission to foster excellence and quality improvements in education and training. Driven by passion and motivation for our work we don’t leave any stone untouched when it comes to offer the highest quality and continue improve our courses.

As an organization at both internal and external level we strive to adhere to the following 10 guiding principles:

- Make excellence the minimum standard
- Be flexible and open to change
- Always experiment with new things
- Grow and enable the people around you to grow
- Amaze the user and make him/her a fan of yours
- Focus on the solution and on what you can do
- Clarify priorities and goals
- Thank yourself and strive for something more
- Look for feedback, learn from errors
- Listen, listen, listen (and talk)

In addition to these internal principles when organizing international training courses we fully comply with the Erasmus Quality Standards and the principles set in the European Quality Charter for Mobility. You can read here how we comply with these standards. More than merely following and adhering to these principles we fully believe in them. It’s more than 10 years that we organize and participates in international training courses and learning mobility projects so we know how these principles stand at the core of a quality experience and how they make the difference between in term of both personal satisfaction of the participants and systemic impact of the training course. If you are working with other course providers we recommend to check if they know and comply with these principles.

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04.06.2023 > 10.06.2023
04.06.2023 > 10.06.2023
15.10.2023 > 21.10.2023
05.11.2023 > 11.11.2023
26.11.2023 > 02.12.2023

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Reviews only come from verified course participants via the European Commission's Mobility Tool+. If you participated in this course, use the Mobility Tool+ to submit a review. If the course is not listed in the Mobility Tool+ yet, please provide to your project coordinator the following course ID: 85403.

This training course course for preschool teacher provided participants with an overview on the most innovative teaching and pedagogy approaches for preschool education by providing a analytical as well as a practical, cooperative, inspirational and stimulating space where to get to know, learn, experiment and practice new ideas, activities, strategies and methods- from Outdoor Education to the Reggio Emilia Approach, from the Montessori Method to Non Formal Education. Thе course was very innovative and taught me new methods. I discovered differences between each of the type of learning, new ways to warm-up the students, new non-formal working methods. it was the first time I participated in a course of The Erasmus Learning Academy (ELA) but I would participate again in another course.

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Project topic: "The best for preschool teachers:Montessori method, Reggio Emilia Approach and much more" The objectives of the project were: - providing the most innovative approaches to teaching and learning for pre-school children. - introduction to the basic principles of the Montessori method and the Reggio Emilia approach; - using outdoor activities and integrating them into the learning process; - designing, preparing and using interactive learning activities and games of an informal nature; - introducing and experimenting with learning games and activities to stimulate creativity and social development in young children; - exchange best practices and share experiences on pre-school education with teachers and educators coming from all over Europe; - visiting Italian kindergartens and schools. The course was held in the city of Bologna Italy, the training organization was The Erasmus Learning Academy (ELA).

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The course was a theoretical and practical approach to different methodologies used in Early Childhood Education. It was developed in Bologna between May 1 and 7 and consisted of theoretical approaches to the different methodologies and practices in the schools that developed them. The standard methodology is highly practical and participatory with an approach that includes real work examples, case study examination and simulations. We adopt collaborative working methods that foster mutual learning and cooperation among participants. The objective was to learn in an interactive and international environment knowledge applicable to real contexts and/or in the classroom. The pedagogical methods were based on experiential training, group and peer activities, learning by doing and the exchange of best practices. Visits to local schools and institutions were included, allowing us to better understand the local educational system, as well as to exchange ideas and contacts. Brief daily evaluations were carried out to ensure the quality of the education and to adapt the learning program to our needs. Optional social and cultural activities were organized to give us the opportunity to get to know Italy, as well as to exchange best practices and establish links and professional cooperation

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The course was called the Best for Preschool Teachers and it was very interesting. We did not get the chance to visit educational institutions as much as we wanted because of the CoVid restriction, but the course provider did his best. I have learned and clarified a lot of my knowledge, I have met wonderful people from different countries, I practiced my English, Spanish and Italian. I really appreciated the course provider's flexibility, they really care about our feedback and our wishes, they did us the best recommendation for sightseeing and they helped us with some reservations. I also appreciated the course structure and the accommodation. It took place in Camplus Bononia, a great place, a 20 minutes walk to the city centre, close enough to daily visits and also far enough to a peaceful night sleep. The accommodation conditions were excellent and it was a real advantage that the course took place in the same building, to get to lunch all you had to do was to reach the first floor. The food was great, the course provider took us to some fantastic local restaurants. In our first day we have a visiting tour with a professional guide, and during our course week we had another tour with one of the trainers, a great person, Dominik and they both told us fascinating stories and the secrets of Bononia. The other participants were from Spain, Latvia, Denmark and Greece and it was fascinating to mingle with all of them. The city is amazing, full of young students, joy and architectural masterpieces. It was an amazing experience!

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The course was amazing, it had all the elements needed to be actively involved in the learning process. The course was about alternative learning methods in early childhood education. Considering the fact it is corona virus time we didn't get the chance to visit certain places but the course itself was designed to be easily understanded and active.

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The title of the course was “Best for Preschool Educators” where we covered and researched the topics of non-formal learning, play as a base in working with children, the Montessori method, the Reggio Emilia approach, and Outdoor education. The course management was excellent, very dynamic and interesting. The facilitator presented very little theory, and everything else was interactive learning with a many of exercises, games, and workshops. I was thrilled by the organized visit to a kindergarten that conducts outdoor education. Everything was, indeed, very useful and possible to implement in my future work with children and colleagues.

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