Sean Scanlon

St Nicholas Early Education

Sean Scanlon St Nicholas Early Education

A father of two children and a devout Catholic, Sean Scanlon has been a part of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle’s Leadership Group for more than nine years. Now the CEO of the Diocese, it was in his capacity as the Vice Chancellor of Administration that Sean conceived of and brought to fruition his vision of an early education service provided by the Church.

The driving idea behind the creation of St Nicholas was the need for quality early education and childcare while also offering preschoolers a connection to one of the Diocese’s Catholic primary schools.

In launching St Nicholas Early Education, Sean said: “At St Nicholas we will be providing high quality care and education for children aged eight-weeks to five-years, and with smaller group sizes we aim to create an environment where all children can not only develop but excel.”

Central to Sean’s vision for St Nick’s is the convenience of one-stop-drop-off for parents with children attending both St Nick’s and the local Catholic primary school.

In an article after a recent interview with the Newcastle Herald, Sean said:

“We’ve hit a magic formula trying to build centre next to Catholic primary and secondary schools. This allows parents to make one drop-off for their children attending both daycare and school.

“The philosophy is the same as Bishop Bill Wright’s for schools - they’re Catholic schools, not schools for Catholics.

“St Nick’s is built on a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach to early education which does not include overtly religious themes,” Sean told the Newcastle Herald.

Sean’s plans for St Nick’s goes far beyond the immediacy of opening Raymond Terrace in January 2019 and Branxton and Maitland in October 2019. His aim is to have St Nick’s to grow to 20 centres by 2020.

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