The concept of the ‘Image of the Child’ is one of the founding principles of the Reggio Emilia approach. It refers to what people believe about children, childhood and education. When working with children of any age it is important to think about and understand your own personal beliefs and how these impact all aspects of your teaching, from the way you interact with children to the way you design your classroom environment. In this session we will look briefly at the origins of the concept within the Reggio Emilia approach before spending time considering and discussing our own beliefs and the various way these are visible in our teaching. The focus of the session is to encourage personal reflection on ones own beliefs and teaching practice.