About St Nicholas Early Education

St Nicholas Early Education is our region’s leading provider of child-led, play-based early education and care for children aged 0-5. 

We ensure high-quality early education and care by supporting children’s learning, development and wellbeing in inclusive, nurturing environments, in partnership with families and communities. 

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      Nursery program (0-2 years)

      St Nicholas’ Nursery program is focused on supporting children aged 0-2 as they take their first steps on their lifelong learning journey.

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      Toddler program (2-3 years)

      St Nicholas’ Toddler program is designed to support children aged 2-3 as they begin to develop a sense of identity, become confident and involved learners, and understand the world and their place within it.

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      Preschool program (3-5 years)

      St Nicholas’ Preschool program provides children aged 3-5 with the foundations necessary to embark on the next stage of their learning journey at school.

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      ‘The best early childhood centre around. We’re over the moon with the quality provided by St Nicholas.’

      Cherie Early Education Parent

      ‘The educators really made us feel comfortable about going back to work.’

      Chris Early Education Parent

      ‘Brilliant early education. The educators are the best we have experienced.’

      Debbie Early Education Parent

      ‘The quality of care is amazing and the staff are warm, friendly and welcoming’

      Jo Early Education Parent

      ‘My child loves the environments and experiences that St Nicholas provides.’

      Leanne Early Education Parent

      ‘All of my children went through St Nicholas and I couldn’t be happier.’

      Leigh Early Education Parent

      ‘We are so thankful to St Nicholas for always making our family feel welcome and supported.’

      Lisa Early Education Parent

      ‘Everyone greets us with a smile and knows us by name. It’s great to be part of such a caring community.’

      Paul Early Education Parent

      ‘St Nicholas has exceeded our expectations in every possible way. We couldn’t be happier.’

      Sandy Early Education Parent

      ‘I trust that my children are not only learning, but are also having a lot of fun.’

      Therese Early Education Parent

      ‘We truly appreciate the meaningful relationships the educators have developed with our children.’

      Trudie Early Education Parent

      ‘We are so appreciative of the beautiful educators at St Nicholas, who every day in their roles are caring and nurturing towards our children!’

      Emilia Early Education Parent

      ‘Since day 1 at St Nicholas, our family has felt welcomed and loved. The loving and caring nature of the educators make the centre feel like family and one that we are so happy to belong to.’

      Jaclyn Early Education Parent

      ‘I can’t thank the St Nicholas Early Education Maitland team enough for all the hard work they put in to building a safe and happy place for my children.’

      Tegan Early Education Parent

      ‘It takes a village and St Nicholas Early Education Maitland is that village, I couldn’t recommend them enough!’

      Chloe Early Education Parent

      ‘My son loves St Nicholas Early Education Maitland! All the educators are amazing and provide such a fun, caring environment for children to grow and be themselves. We couldn’t thank them enough for the effort they put in every day!’

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