The children of Mowane Room at St Nick's at Newcastle West attended the NAIDOC Week community day held at Newcastle foreshore. NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
Imagine it is possible to see the needs of those around you. Imagine you could see these needs as different cups: fun, power, freedom, survival and love and belonging.
There is an innateness to the curiosity of young children. It is this natural curiosity which drives children to explore, experience and discover as they learn about the world around them and their place within it, all with a sense of wonderment and abandon.
St Nicholas Early Education at Lochinvar only opened recently, but already visitors to the centre can see the ingenuity and creativity of both the children and their educators on display. There are fairy gardens set up outside windows and three-year-olds solving the problem of how to retrieve dinosaurs from hard to reach places.
Curiosity drives infants and toddlers to explore and experience the world around them. It is this innate curiosity which inspires a child’s interest in developing an understanding of their surroundings and their place within life. With the importance of curiosity in mind, it is essential to nurture the desire for discovery and expanded horizons in all children.
After opening early education centres in Chisholm, Cardiff and Lochinvar this year, you might think Diocesan Chief Executive Officer, Sean Scanlon, has plans to rest on his laurels - but there’s no rest and relaxation when it comes to St Nicholas early education.