At Holy Family we are influenced by the Reggio Emilia Approach. This is an educational philosophy based on the image of the child, and of human beings, as possessing strong potentials for development and as a subject of rights who learns and grows in the relationships with others.
During 2012-2013 Professor Rinaldi (a world leader in education for children in the early years, who has worked as pedagogist at Reggio Emilia Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres since 1971) was invited by the South Australian Government to be an Adelaide Thinker in Residence.
At the close of her residency, she provided recommendations about strengthening early childhood across the state through the Re-imagining Childhood: The inspiration of Reggio Emilia education principles in South Australia report. The Report offers South Australians profoundly challenging questions to provoke the state’s thinking about childhood. Professor Rinaldi continues to support South Australia in “re-imagining childhood.”
In 2018, educators at Holy Family Catholic School attended a conference on Reimagining Childhood, at which Professor Rinaldi and others spoke.