Nina is an innovative and results-driven business leader focused on achieving exceptional results in highly competitive environments. She has a strong understanding in the early years education and is passionate about creating an environment for children that is inspiring and creative.
Nina has a Bachelor’s of Art’s degree in Child & Adolescent Development from California State University, Northridge (USA). She has CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for health, Social Care, Children and Young People’s Services from England. Also, she has been trained by the Reggio Emilia Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
“Opening the first nursery in the UAE with a Swedish curriculum was a challenge, but the biggest accomplishment has been to create a nursery that is true to my beliefs of a good educational system. Considering all the must-dos and must-haves in today’s society, we tend to put a lot of pressure on our children, with different lists of things they need to learn at a very young age. Nursery schools therefore promote their organizations to teach children how to read and write by the age of two, and promise parents to make their children to become little geniuses. Almost like we want children to become professors and engineers before they even start school. Teachers are therefore forced to teach children how to memorize and store lots of information rather than teaching them to become independent and develop strong imagination, and how to build their self-esteem and confidence. Things that are by far more important than learning numbers and letters.”
Nina has spent most of her 20 year long career in Sweden teaching preschool students, children from age 1 to 6 years. She has also long experience of working with 5 to 6 year old children preparing them for elementary school. Nina has a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Education, with an intercultural profile, from Södertörn University in Stockholm.
In the early years of Nina’s career she was trained by Stockholm Reggio Emilia Institute and has ever since worked in Reggio Emilia inspired preschools. She visited Italy and the city of Reggio Emilia 15 years ago to gain more profound knowledge of the philosophy. The Reggio Emilia philosophy has ever since become more of a lifestyle for her, always being passionate and curious for the individual child, creating respectful learning environments for all children.
Nina has a big interest in Art, believing in children’s natural need to create and express through art. Nina has been working in the UAE for the past 4 years in preschool management and implementing the Reggio Emilia philosophy in school organizations. She has been part of the Art Village team since June 2017, where she has been supporting her amazing staff through weekly training about the Swedish curriculum, Child Development, and the Reggio Emilia philosophy.
“For me, working at Art Village Nursery is a dream come true. I love living in Dubai and being a part of U.A.E.’s multicultural environment, it is such blessing for both children and adults to live and grow surrounded by different cultures and languages. However, to have an opportunity to also share my Swedish vision and perspective on child development and learning feels meaningful and important.“