Dr Deborah Harcourt was an invited speaker at the 2015 Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange Conference in Melbourne. She participated as a panel member on the RED Talks, as well as presenting a paper on Children's Rights.

Deborah has recreated the RED Talk presentation just for you.



A message from our Executive Director

We at APECC offer a range of seminars and workshops that draw upon the provocations offered to us by our colleagues in Reggio Emilia, Italy. We acknowledge that the ideas from Reggio must always move between and across two cultures - the northern Italian town and those who seek to examine these practices and principles in their own settings.

In this way, APECC aspires to support educators and others to examine the particular Reggio Emilia interpretation and experience that we are able to offer through professional learning dialogues, in order for you to be challenged and to seek your own way of contextualising and interpreting these ideas.

We believe that when you engage with the principles of Reggio Emilia you become part of their experience and history - even though it may be at a distance.  We believe that we then must act with respect and reciprocity - letting others look at us and be open to sharing, examining and contesting what high quality early childhood education looks and feels like in another context.

While I have had a long and close relationship with the city of Reggio Emilia - and the opportunity to work closely with the ideas and pedagogical intent of the municipality's infant and toddler centres and preschools - APECC does not purport to represent Reggio Children, or the Loris Malaguzzi Foundation, in any way. We also acknowledge that we are not endorsed or affiliated with these highly respected organisations.

Kind Regards,

Dr Deborah Harcourt, Executive Director, APECC

An evening with Dr Stefania Giammuniti

Sunday May 13, 6.00-7.30 Mooloolaba Surf Club QLD

APECC invites you to join us for an intimate wine and cheese evening with Dr Stefania Giamminuti who will offer us a brief insight in to the research work that informed her book, Dancing with Reggio EmiliaThis will be a wonderful opportunity to network with other early childhood educators who are interested in leadership, teacher as researcher, inquiry learning and the provocations offered by the Reggio Emilia Educational Project.

We will also have a series of poster presentations to share with you about the work a group of leaders have undertaken on leadership over the past 12 months as a dedicated and committed team of leaders across Australia.

A day with Dr Stefania Giammuniti

Monday May 14, 2018, 8.30-3.30 Mooloolaba Surf Club QLD

Stefania will share her perspectives and experiences with Reggio Emilia and other contexts around the notion of Teacher as Researcher, linked to inquiry curriculum and the EYLF. Drawing from her seminal work, Dancing with Reggio Emilia and her work with Jan Millikan in the book Documentation and the Early Years Learning Framework, Stefania will lead us through ideas, theories and strategies on teacher as researcher.

Stefania’s engagement with the early childhood field internationally spans over almost 20 years. Previously an early childhood teacher in an International School in Rome (Italy) and a Montessori School in Perth (Western Australia), she is currently a Lecturer in Early Childhood Education in the School of Education, Curtin University (Perth, Western Australia). Stefania completed her PhD with Distinction at The University of Western Australia in 2009. She is the recipient of the 2010 Early Career Award of the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research and a recipient of the Early Childhood Australia Doctoral Thesis Award for 2010. A recipient of the Creswick Foundation Fellowship for 2006, Stefania spent six months engaging in PhD research in the world-renowned municipal infant-toddler centres and schools of the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy. She maintains strong reciprocal relationships with educators, atelieriste, pedagogiste, and other key protagonists in Reggio Emilia. Stefania holds an unyielding belief in the capabilities of very young children: her work speaks to those who believe in possibilities, and she advocates for the rights of children, educators, and families. Moving in the ‘third space’ of her diverse cultural and linguistic background, she lives close to the ocean in North Fremantle (WA) with her architect husband Andrea and their young daughter Nina – a long way from Rome, but always close.

Autumn Intensive

Scuola per Insegnanti

July 9-13 , 2018

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Queensland

 An opportunity for lead and novice early childhood educators to join in a collaborative dialogue in order to debate and unpack the research-practice nexus, particularly in relationship to interpreting the key principles of Reggio Emilia in the Australian context.

Autumn Intensive

The Confederation of Thinkers

May 13-17, 2018

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Queensland

An opportunity for 2016/2017 participants to reconvene to continue the robust conversations and to present progress toward implementing the principles of image of child constructed in 2016

Expressions of interest: Study tour to Boulder Journey School

We are hosting a study tour to the Boulder Journey School, Colorado USA in EARLY 2019. 


If you are seeking further information please contact us here


Look at Boulder Journey School website here

I have been waiting for a professional development opportunity like this for a very long time and it has far exceeded my expectations.  Deborah has a very thorough knowledge and many years experience working with the Principles of Reggio Emilia.  I truly felt that she presented this incredible early childhood philosophy to us in a way that was respectful and did it justice.  As well as developing an insight into how the Principles work in Reggio Emilia, we were also given practical ideas on how to incorporate some of this inspiration into our own early childhood communities. This new learning has assisted me to grow from "loving children" to deeply respecting children and their learning. It has inspired me to reflect on the "beautiful environment" we offer in order to create a "meaningful environment". I would highly recommend that participants attend all seminars in the series if possible, as I found every moment of learning valuable. I found revisiting the key principles each time really helped to consolidate my understanding of these fundamental elements. I am eagerly awaiting the next series.  Thank you Deborah.
Nicole Duncombe
Barefoot Kinder, Queensland