St Nicholas Early Education
The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is committed to supporting family life as the foundation of society and of the Church. One aspect of this is providing educationally sound and professionally staffed early education services through St Nicholas Early Education.
“…the family is the first school of the social virtues that every society needs…” (Gravissimum Educationis n3)
St Nicholas Early Education centres provide high-quality early education services using best practice guidelines. Our goal is to facilitate each child’s social, intellectual and physical development and education, in partnership with parents, carers and the local community.
Our aim is to welcome one and all to our centres.
We recognise that a safe, secure and consistent environment supports trust and encourages the development of children’s confidence, skills and friendships.
Our commitment to children
Our commitment to children is to provide a positive, nurturing and trusting relationship so they feel a sense of belonging to St Nicholas Early Education. We aim to respect children’s unique learning styles and include their voices in our curriculum.
We view children as capable, creative and confident learners and recognise the significance of the here and now - a sense of being for each child.
We offer an environment that acknowledges change within the early years and which, in turn, allows children to become confident learners.
We are committed to offering acceptance and support for children with additional needs and nurturing positive self-esteem for all children.
Our commitment to families and communities
Our commitment to families and communities is to promote positive relationships. We believe that families play the most important part in the life of their child and a strong link between home and care fosters positive outcomes.
“When educators establish respectful and caring relationships with children and families, they are able to work together to construct curriculum and learning experiences relevant to children in their local context” (Early Years Learning Framework, 2009).
Through daily communication and shared decision-making, St Nicholas Early Education works with families to provide the best outcomes for each child on his/her learning journey. We respect each family’s right to privacy and adhere to our confidentiality policy at all times.
We value parent and community involvement greatly and encourage links to the local community. Children who attend St Nicholas Early Education benefit from regular visits from members of the community, as well as excursions to explore their sense of belonging to the community.
St Nicholas Early Education centres
Our commitment to educators
Our commitment to our educators is to provide an environment that acknowledges the experience, diversity and professionalism they bring to our St Nicholas Early Education. Our educators demonstrate respect for each other and for the children and families at our centres. Professional development is provided on an ongoing basis so that educators are constantly developing new and innovative approaches to their pedagogy.
We work as a team to share ideas and resources and build a collaborative relationship based on trust and honesty.
“Educators are responsive to all children’s strengths, abilities and interests. They value and build on children’s strengths, skills and knowledge to ensure their motivation and engagement in learning” (Early Years Learning Framework, 2009)
We include children’s voices in our program and ensure daily reflection promotes continual self-evaluation of the curriculum. We provide a stimulating and challenging environment that fosters children’s curiosity and creativity, and builds confidence along the way.
Our curriculum is play-based in an enriched learning environment that includes both open-ended and group learning. We aim to link our wider community and our families to our program to provide the best experience for each child.