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www.mnnews.today/aurora-magazine Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
CHURCH OFFERS EARLY
EDUCATION IN NEWCASTLE
“we pretend that the
pain and diminishment
of one group of people,
including children, is a
justifiable price to pay
for sending a message
Are you looking
for care and
education for your
child next year?
St Nicholas Early Education, Newcastle West opens
early 2016. Register your interest for enrolment
now at www.stnicholasmn.org.au.
Or phone 4979 1197 for more information.
Employment opportunities also available.
Visit www.stnicholasmn.org.au to register your interest now.
OOr phone 4979 1197 for morre informationn.
EEmployment opportunities also available.
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We’ve all heard a story of a friend, a family
member or a colleague who is desperate
to find a place in an ear ly education
centre so they can return to work. Most
parents seem to put their child’s name
down from birth − or even sooner − at
numerous centres in the hope that one
might just come through. But so often
Grandma becomes the carer for the
newborn or Mum simply can’t maintain
My wife and I were blessed – eventually
to call a childcare centre at the right
time and we were happy to accept what
they could offer our two children. Their
grow th, and the friendships that have
developed over those year s, have been
impor tant to their learning and character
as they have star ted school.
What is the church doing to suppor t
families looking for early education?
Catholic schools in this region play
an impor tant role in educating and
developing almost 19,000 children. The
diocese, under the auspices of Bishop Bill
Wright, also offers outreach services for
couples preparing for marriage and to
become parents, people with disabilities,
people in need of affordable housing,
those in need of counselling and so
The diocese is now embarking on a
major initiative and developing early
education centres. The centres will be
launched under the name of St Nicholas
Early Education and will form par t of a
new diocesan early education agency. St
Nicholas is the patron saint of children
and probably the saint that all children
would know about, thank s to his
association with the big guy in the red suit.
The first St Nicholas Early Education
centre is expected to open on a site
adjoining Cathedral House in Hunter
Street, Newcastle next March. This
centre will offer 52 places for children
from eight weeks through to pre-school
years, meeting a need for early education
places in the Newcastle CBD.
For the past ten year s, Singleton Parish
has operated a ver y successful early
education centre and this will transfer
soon to diocesan management with
the name expected to be changed
to St Nicholas Early Education in mid
2016. There will be the same high quality
care from the same well qualified staff
operating under the same values.
A third centre is planned adjoining the
CatholicCare offices in Cardiff. This
model will extend ser vices to provide
additional suppor t to families. Future
centres are planned and where possible
will be located close to existing Catholic
primar y schools to allow easy transition
to kindergar ten.
The rollout of the new centres is being co-
ordinated by Kerri Armstrong, Operations
Manager for Early Education. “Our aim is
to provide high quality care and education
to all children,” said Ms Armstrong. “The
church is responding to a huge need in
the local community and this is an exciting
period of development.”
Demand for places is expec ted to be
strong so families seeking places in
the new centres or staff looking for
employment opportunities should visit
the St Nicholas Early Education website,
Sean Scanlon is Vice Chancellor
Administration, Diocese of Maitland-
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