Working at St Nicholas Early Education: Susan
Susan, an educator in the nursery at St Nicholas Early Education Newcastle West, has been in the early education industry for many years now, but credits St Nick’s as one of her greatest workplace experiences to date.
“I’ve been working in child care for 15 years now across all age groups,” Susan says. “I’ve been working at St Nick’s for three years, since they opened in 2016 and it’s been a wonderful experience.”
Collaborative partnerships at St Nicholas Early Education Newcastle West
For Susan, families are at the heart of everything she and St Nicholas Early Education are about.
“What’s important to me is working on relationships with families, nurturing and caring for the children, and providing a really natural, home-like environment for them,” she says.
“It’s important that families can feel comfortable going back to work, knowing that their children are in a comfortable, home-like environment.”
In respecting each family’s individual beliefs, values and philosophies, St Nicholas educators strive to create an environment that encourages active participation in learning programs, to create a sense of belonging to the St Nicholas community.
Families are encouraged to communicate their desires and educational goals for their children, and these are reflected in the learning program.
“With families, we have an ‘open door’ policy,” Susan says.
Child to educator interactions at St Nicholas Early Education Newcastle West
Most rewarding for Susan in her career in early education and child care, is the relationships she builds with each child.
“It’s wonderful every morning when the children come to [St Nick’s]. They come in with big smiles on their faces and with big open arms. They love to come in and play and learn.”
According to the Early Years Learning Framework, educators’ practices and the relationships they form with children have a significant effect on children’s involvement and success in learning.
St Nicholas Early Education acknowledges that meaningful interactions are fundamental to building secure and respectful relationships with each individual child, which aids in developing children’s sense of belonging and wellbeing in the St Nicholas setting.
Contact St Nicholas Early Education Newcastle West
To learn more about enrolling your child at any St Nicholas Early Education centre, contact us here. You can also experience St Nicholas Early Education Newcastle West for yourself by requesting a one-on-one tour with centre director, Brittney or Emma.