From the Director of the Early Learning Centre

The Early Learning Centre provides an educational program for boys and girls that builds a strong culture of curiosity, creativity and resourcefulness.

From the Director of the Early Learning Centre

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am delighted to welcome you to the Newington Early Learning Centre (ELC). The ELC is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility for 3 and 4 year old boys and girls. Our highly experienced, dedicated educators will provide an exceptional learning framework for your child, foster their natural curiosity and instil in them a life-long love of learning.

Developing warm, collaborative and trusting relationships with all families is of utmost importance to us. We value the knowledge parents bring as their child’s first educators. In partnership, we will guide and support your child to maximise their social, emotional and intellectual potential.

This Insite provides information to prepare for a successful start at Newington ELC.

Mrs Kelly Nickless
Director of ELC

About our Director

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Associate Diploma of Social Science
  • Advanced Diploma in Child, Youth and Family Intervention
  • Triple P Parenting facilitator

As an experienced early childhood teacher, and leader of 21 years, Kelly has gained valuable experience in all areas of the profession. Kelly has worked in management positions as a researcher, consultant, teacher and Director for family resource and support agencies, Long Day Care, OOSC, and Preschools.

As a consultant, Kelly has supported over 37 Early Learning Services through the accreditation process to obtain the high rating of Exceeding National Quality Standards.

Her skills and expertise have seen her work with Early Learning Centres across Australia and overseas including presenting at conferences in Australia and New Zealand.

Kelly’s popularity as a training facilitator is largely due to her inspiring and nurturing approach and dedication to researching innovative topics and approaches influenced from around the world. She is passionate about injecting concern into our educative intentions to ensure we are not getting caught up in the pressures of blindly following procedures or teaching in ways that are no longer appropriate.

Kelly’s warm approach and experience integrating children with diverse abilities have provided her with the skills to design appropriate individualised programs for managing behaviour and supporting children with additional needs and families in crisis. Kelly also worked with the Department of Education as a member of the transition to school reference group.