St Nicholas Newcastle West officially open
Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle, Bill Wright, officially opened St Nicholas Early Education, Newcastle West on 15 June 2016. The Newcastle West site is the second for the diocese under the St Nicholas name, following the Singleton centre's opening in May.
Moving into early education sees the diocese continue to extend its services throughout the community, says Bishop Bill Wright, "As a diocese we are continually working to support people in our local communities – through faith and worship in our churches, education in schools and social services at CatholicCare. Now with early education at St Nicholas, we can continue to assist families by offering quality care for children."
By moving into early education, the diocese hopes to offer children a smoother transition to school says Vice Chancellor Administration, Sean Scanlon, "Being part of the diocese, St Nicholas is supported by the resources of each of our agencies – meaning we can offer parents access to dedicated pre-school programs for four and five year olds, seeing children able to link with local Catholic primary schools and become familiar prior to starting school,"
"Our Newcastle West site is the latest in what we envisage to be a number of early education centres throughout the region in the next few years. We're committed to providing parents access to quality early education where they need it." Mr Scanlon said.
Photographs courtesy of Katherine Muscat.