St Nicholas Early Education invests in its educators

There are many things that make St Nicholas Early Education the early education provider of choice for many families across the region, such as the quality and ingenuity of the purpose-built centres, the play-based curriculum and the high ratio of early childhood teachers and staff to child ratios.

Something else that sets St Nick’s apart is the quality of its educators and the commitment of the St Nicholas Early Education team of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle to ensure that St Nick’s is an employer of choice with a wide range of employee benefits.

New St Nicholas Early Education centres were opened recently in Chisholm, Cardiff and Lochinvar. These centres join St Nick’s in Singleton and Newcastle West as part of a growing agency of the diocese with a total workforce of 120 people. When a range of positions was advertised for the Chisholm centre, over 100 people applied. It is safe to say that the reputation of St Nick’s as an employer that focuses on the wellbeing and continuing education of its employees is well-known.

St Nicholas offers a comprehensive orientation training week for all new services in the week prior to opening. This intensive training allows each centre’s team of educators the opportunity to work together and be well prepared so that they can offer the best in quality early education.

St Nicholas offers many professional development opportunities to individual educators as part of its annual whole-of-agency professional development program. In 2018 the focus will be on positively guiding and supporting children with behavioural challenges and also caring for educators.

Emma Pratten, Centre Director at Newcastle West, is impressed with the opportunities available to educators at St Nick’s.

“It’s wonderful to work for an organisation that values staff development and wants to continually support and assist the educators,” said Emma.

Having spent time in all the St Nick’s Centres, both through my work and as a parent, it is easy to see that the investment made in the ongoing care and development of the educators by the Early Education team of the diocese is bearing fruit. The smiles on everyone’s faces, children and educators alike, tell you everything you need to know.

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Joanne Isaac

Joanne is a Communications Officer for the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and a regular columnist for Aurora Magazine.

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