About 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.

About the ELC

Newington’s Early Learning Centre is an innovative learning space where early years education is imbued with the College’s core values: embracing our diversity, learning with rigour, exploring creativity, building character, nurturing the spiritual, caring for others, leading through serving and imagining a better future. 

Growth and development in early years forms the foundation for future learning, and our aim is provide an exceptional learning experience for your child. Our Early Learning Centre’s stimulating environment allows children to explore, grow and embrace their natural enthusiasm, creativity and curiosity. We create a space where children feel safe, secure and supported, where their confidence will blossom and where inspiring educators take an active role in their learning. 

 Central to our approach is the trusting partnership we form with each child’s family. Parents are a child’s first teacher, and we value their deep knowledge and understanding. It is a fundamental foundation in each child’s education.

Sandra Gray
Head of Early Years
         Malia Puna
Director
 ELC

Meet the Director

The Director of Newington College’s Early Learning Centre, Ms Malia Puna, is a passionate educator with teaching experience at both early childhood and primary levels. She strives to create independent lifelong learners by giving children the best possible education and care.  

Ms Puna is committed to developing autonomy, creativity, curiosity and confidence in children, and achieves this with a philosophy that embraces compassion, flexibility, communication, humour, imagination and a willingness to be open-minded. Ms Puna has a strong understanding of Newington’s preparatory school approach, having previously worked at Wyvern House.