St Nicholas Early Education grew to three areas during the year. These were: Early Education centres, which provide care and education to young children in the years before schools; OOSH, which is care for school-aged children before and after school and during vacations; and the third area, St Nicholas Pathways, which is the training of students to work in the early education sector.
Researchers at Monash University in Victoria recently launched Australia’s largest study into play-based education, aimed at inspiring teachers and parents to develop the next generation of thinkers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is expanding its education network, with the official launch today of St Nicholas Pathways.
Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, CEO, Sean Scanlon, said the initiative was established to create meaningful pathways to employment and in particular, support the growing demand for early childhood educators.
Over 120 educators from all the St Nicholas Early Education centres across the Hunter recently dedicated their Saturday to attend a St Nicholas Early Education professional development day.
Friends and family were on hand to celebrate with preschoolers from all five St Nicholas Early Education centres as they celebrated their graduation from preschool - the first major milestone in their learning journey.
Each child is driven by a natural desire to explore, experience and discover all the wonders of the world around them. This inbuilt drive is intrinsic to the growth and development of young children and plays an important role in early education.