Inspiration & guiding philosophies
St Nicholas Early Education
St Nicholas Early Education is inspired by St Nicholas of Myra, the patron saint of children. Legend has it he secretly left gifts which developed the traditions that we now associated with Santa Claus, or Saint Nick.
Nicholas is said to have attended the First Council of Nicaea, where he is said to have been a devoted supporter of Trinitarianism and one of the bishops who signed the Nicene Creed.
However, there is much more to what we do at St Nicholas Early Education than the legend of St Nick.
The wellbeing and care for children, family life and the need to provide for a family are key tenets of our Catholic understanding. St Nicholas Early Education, as a Catholic service, supports families in their role as the foundation of a stable social order.
St Nicholas Early Education cuts across many aspects of Catholic social teaching. At its core is the dignity and rights of children but this is further underlined by the importance the church places on family. The Church also recognises the dignity of work and the task of educating.
As far back as 1965 His Holiness, Pope Paul in Gaudium et Spes (GS) identified that “serious disturbances are caused in families by modern economic conditions, by influences at once social and psychological, and by the demands of civil society (GS, 47)’.
St Nicholas Early Education seeks to ease these pressures for families. We provide parents with a secure environment for their children where these children can explore, learn and grow. Secure in the knowledge that their children are safe, parents can then feel free to pursue their work and to contribute to society.
Catholic social teaching also recognises the tension that working parents experience in their need to work and their desire to be present for their children.
Saint Pope John Paul II wrote in Laborem Exercens (LE) that work and family life “must be properly united and must properly permeate each other”. St Nicholas Early Education recognises this relationship and seeks to support families’ functioning by providing play-based education and care for all children in our centres.
Central to our Catholic beliefs are the family. We understand that in a compassionate community family life is key to the functioning of our society. The family unit is the fabric of our society. For most families, work is something that makes a family possible. That work and industriousness are also part of the education of children (LE, 10).
“Catholic social teaching suggests that any compassionate society will count the health of family life as among the highest priorities. Because families are so important to the proper functioning of our society, all our efforts to strengthen families and invest in their stability and well-being are absolutely vital. (Jesuit Fr. Thomas Massaro, Living Justice, 93).
At St Nicholas Early Education, we aim to nurture every child’s development through play-based education while at the same time support families to ensure that working parents are able to work and provide for their families.
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