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

Loose Parts and Possibilities

A special day with Kirsty Liljegren



The Possibilities of Loose Parts:

Enhancing a creative, thinking curriculum

through the use of ‘intelligent materials’


When children interact with loose parts, they enter a world of ‘what if’ that promotes the type of thinking that leads to problem solving and theoretical reasoning. Loose parts enhance children’s ability to think imaginatively and see solutions, and they bring a sense of adventure and excitement to children’s play.

                                                                Daly and Beloglovsky, 2015


Tuesday July 10, 9 - 3.30 Mooloolaba Surf Club on the Sunshine Coast

The Boardroom Series

Intimate professional conversations with Dr Deborah Harcourt

We are very excited to invite you to join us for an intimate conversation we have called The Boardroom Series.
Dr Deborah Harcourt will facilitate these events as a collaborative exploration amongst educators who are interested in deepening understandings of how the principles of Reggio Emilia can be re-presented in the Australian context. Deborah is a highly respected and well-known thinker in relation to understanding, interpreting and translating the principles in to contexts outside of their origins in Italy.
Participants will be invited to explore some of the key drivers originally articulated by Prof Loris Malaguzzi in order to bring further intellectual integrity to children's ingenuity and potential. We will ask important questions such as:
  • How can we work with uncertainty?
  • How can we co-construct identity and image of child with children themselves? 
  • How do we work with intellectual integrity and professional inquiry?
  • How do we work with children's inquiries?
Participants will be invited to bring their own challenges and questions in order to reflect, dialogue and make meaning of Malaguzzi's notion of developing "A pedagogy equal to the children of our time" - within a spirit of co-constructed critical reflection.

As a Master Class, we are inviting participants who have already been exploring the principles of the

Reggio Emilia Educational Project for some time - this is not for beginners, sorry. 


To ensure you have your seat at the table, please REGISTER NOW as we will only be accepting 18-20 people at each event.

Your investment is $195.00 per person for the day, inclusive of materials, all refreshments and a celebratory glass of wine to finish the day!

Melbourne Concluded

Thursday 26 April 9.30-3.30

Mary McKillop Heritage Centre

362 Albert Street, East Melbourne



 Sunsets Room

Cottesloe Beach Hotel

104 Marine Parade, Cottesloe

Mooloolaba Concluded

Thursday 10 May 9.30-3.30

Beach Room, Mooloolaba Surf Club

The Esplanade, Mooloolaba


Gold Coast Concluded

Wednesday 16 May 9.30-3.30

Currumbin Surf Club

741 Pacific Parade, Currumbin


Parramatta Last seats

Tuesday 12 June 9.30-3.30

Lachlans Old Government House

Parramatta Park, Parramatta




 Adelaide Last seats

Thursday 14 June 9.30-3.30

The Armoury, South Australian Museum

North Terrace, Adelaide  


Darwin Opening Monday

Wednesday 1 August 9.30-3.30

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin


Autumn Intensive

The Confederation of Thinkers


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