El Nido´s mission is to educate children between the ages of 18 months and 4 years in a nurturing and caring environment in order to foster the development of their potentials, their multiple languages of expression, the encouragement of respectful interrelationships and the construction of their own identity in relation to others in a nurturing environment where listening, dialogue, and respect become the essential elements of their growth. Our mission encompasses the following essential guidelines:
A Competent Child
The child is viewed as competent, curious, rich in potential, powerful, co-constructor of his or her own knowledge through interaction with others and with the environment.
A Strong Pedagogical Team
Teachers are continuously researching about their educational practice, closely observing, listening and documenting children´s own theories and ideas, provoking and stimulating thinking and collaborative learning and developing pedagogical experiences that help children construct the meaning of life.
Parents as Equal Partners
Families participate actively and voluntarily and are fundamental in accompanying the child´s intellectual and emotional development and growth. Family participation enables a sense of co –responsibility, which leads to a fuller and more reciprocal knowledge of what happens within the school.
The Pedagogy of Listening
The pedagogy of listening is an on-going process of observation, interpretation and documentation. To listen to children is to let children know that they are valued and respected. Without listening, making learning visible is impossible. (Carla Rinaldi, President Reggio Children)
Children represent and communicate their knowledge and emotions through multiple languages of expression.
Invitation to Play
Play, as a creative and collective experience, is fundamental in the developmental process of the child. Play encourages imaginative expression, relationships, inquiry, problem solving, sharing & learning.
Space that Teaches
The environment is transformed into a space of possibilities, designed to inspire children to explore and innovate, sparkling relationships, creativity, learning and a sense of wellbeing.