Educational and care programs that support the learning journey uniquely catered for your child and their development.
Niño focuses on each child: encouraging them to be brave, creative, resilient and kind. Our unique curriculum is best understood as Emergent Learning with a Holistic approach. Emergent Learning is a curriculum which continuously evolves in response to your child’s changing needs and interests, engaging with parental interests and community awareness. Holistic education is based on the foundation that each child finds identity, belonging, meaning and wellbeing in themselves, the natural environment and the world around them.
These two key elements of Emergent Learning and Holistic Education are the basis of Niño’s programs.
Niño’s programs are further influenced by:
Niño’s Philosophy and Values
Your Child’s Interests
National Quality Standards (NQS)
The Victorian Early Years Learning Framework (VEYLF)
The Early Years Learning Framework (Being, Belonging and Becoming)
The Environment and World Around Us
Niño’s carefully designed nursery rooms are comforting and appealing for young babies, with homelike environments and furnishings providing a relaxing, stimulating and sensory experience.
Niño provide communication booklets to all our nursery families, allowing for open communication between educators and parents and ensuring a constant flow of information relating to the care and wellbeing of babies.
A brief, precious and action-packed developmental stage, Niño recognise the importance of supporting the emerging traits of a toddler across their social, emotional, cognitive and physical selves. Niño’s educators work in collaboration with families to develop a program which incorporates a child’s interest, preference and ability, encouraging self-exploration and the importance of being, belonging and becoming. Small Steps, Big Footprints is an advanced program which forms a solid foundation from which to nurture your child’s love for learning, exploration, imagination and life.
Our 3 Year Old Kindergarten Program builds on the transition from Niño’s Small Steps, Big Footprints program, and is led by a Bachelor Qualified Teacher and a Diploma Qualified Educator. Our kinder environment is aesthetically pleasing, exciting and rich with Key Learning Environments to assist children focus on and expand their interests. Niño’s teachers and educators are focussed, engaged and involved in each child’s unique adventure.
Our 4 Year Old Kindergarten Program expands on the progression each child has achieved in Niño’s 3 Year Old Kindergarten Program, broadening their learning journey through immersion in advanced Key Learning Environments and an extended emergent curriculum led by Bachelor Qualified Teachers, Diploma Qualified and Certificate III Qualified Educators. Educators work intensively at this critical stage to make sure each child’s progress to Primary School is successful and joyous. The 4 Year Old Kindergarten Program offers children an emergent curriculum based on subjects they are naturally drawn to and likely to experience during their early Primary School education. These disciplines include:
Creative Arts and Movement
Art and Design
Cultural Studies including Geography, Australian History, Diversity
Maths and Science
Engineering and Construction
Understanding Oneself and Others
Health, Wellbeing and Physical Education
NB. Kindergarten is suitable for children to participate in the year before they intend to commence Primary School.
Children should be at least four years of age by 30th April to access our 4 Year Old Kindergarten Program.
As Australia cements its position as a knowledge economy, the importance of digital literacy becomes ever greater.
Niño Early Learning Adventures offer children the opportunity to experiment with digital technology and the internet, encouraging them to pursue their interests through the supervised use of computers and tablets. By introducing technology at an appropriate level – from younger children through to those in their last year of kindergarten – Niño encourages every child to extend their learning with the appropriate use of technology and suitable educative programs.
Niño Enhancement Programs
Niño Early Learning Adventures provide access to new worlds of experience for your child, allowing them to better understand the diversity of the world they live in.
Drawing on the knowledge of professionals in the communities surrounding and supporting our centres, Niño engage experts to work on a sessional basis, sharing their stories and skills. In any term, your child will have the chance to engage in Niño Experiences which may include:
Yoga: Learning to rest and develop mindfulness whilst developing core strength.
Cooking Classes: Understanding the relationship between nature and nourishment, and opportunities to experiment with fresh produce grown in Niño’s vegetable and herb gardens.
Baby Music Class: Designed to expand your baby’s cognition through music and movement.
Physical Education: The opportunity to enjoy a variety of sports and games, to challenge oneself and take calculated risks, to develop core strength.
Languages Other Than English: Exploring other cultures traditions through language basics.
Offered on varying days to support children’s learning.