Positive Education approach at Niño ELA

Melinda Ackerman with students Ethan and Aleeshiya. Picture: ROB CAREW 199463_01

Niño Early Learning Adventures are child centric early learning centres operating across Melbourne, purpose designed and built to provide natural environments to build your child’s curiosity and creativity.

Niño ELA is family owned and run and Company Manager Melinda Ackerman says every centre is thoughtfully designed keeping children’s needs at the forefront.

“There’s been a lot of thought aesthetically across the buildings, so taking into account what is beneficial for children to learn and grow,” she said.

“Everything has a purpose – our nutrition, the curriculum, the environment – everything that goes into the centres supports learning and future goals.”

As an example, the rooms are designed to be calming and soothing, considering children with sensory issues.

Some of the early learning centres also have a special wellbeing retreat for children and their families, a space to go and relax, recharge with a cup of tea.

She said it’s important to support parents whose children are settling into the centre.

When a new child enrols, there’s a consultation as well as numerous settling in and orientation sessions, so by the time the child starts care, everyone feels comfortable and ready.

“It’s important to us for our children to feel just as comfortable as our parents,” Ms Ackerman said.

Another incredible feature of Niño ELA is the Positive Education framework which focuses on developing skills for children to build resilience, strengthen their relationships, promoting mindfulness and leading a happy, healthy lifestyle.

The framework brings together the science of positive psychology with best practice teaching to encourage and support education services and communities to flourish.

“It’s a beautiful framework,” Ms Ackerman said.

“We want visitors to our centres to feel the essence of positive Education and the quality we maintain throughout them.”

To find out more, visit https://ninoela.com.au/