Early childhood research

Influenced by pioneering studies

Expert early childhood educators at GEMS Education have specially designed the Little GEMS approach. We use a range of teaching approaches to convey the curriculum, each of which has techniques and activities that are proven to help children learn. You could say, we have combined the best of the best from around the world, for your child at home.

Reggio Emilia

The Reggio Emilia approach understands children can express themselves in a multitude of ways, or a hundred languages. An enquiry-based approach, it focuses on using documented evidence of communication to both demonstrate and enable learning progression.

The environment, or ‘third teacher’, plays a vital role. It is important that children are allowed to explore their relationships with objects in the material world as well as with each other and that they are offered numerous ways of expressing themselves.


Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms, the teacher and environment offer age-appropriate activities to help children make creative learning choices through seeing, touching, moving and listening.

Lev Vygotsky

Vygotskys ZPD (zone of proximal development) refers to the difference between what a learner can achieve without help and what he or she can do with it. Vygotsky believed the role of education is to offer children experiences that are within their zones of proximal development, e.g. tasks they can complete with help but not alone, thereby encouraging and advancing their individual learning.

Our friendly Little GEMS teachers will be happy to share their own experiences and answer any questions about early childhood development when you come in to meet us.