Meet Natalie, St Nicholas’ new Area Service Manager

Get to know Natalie Natoli, St Nicholas’ new Area Service Manager, including a bit about her background and why she loves working in early childhood education and care.

Hello, my name is Natalie, and I am thrilled to be appointed to the role of Area Service Manager.

A little about me:

I am originally from Sydney and have recently moved to the Newcastle area. Over the past 11 months, I have been travelling around Australia, exploring our beautiful country with my husband and three children, aged 9, 11 and 14.

On weekends, you will find me spending time with my family or enjoying the fresh air outdoors. I also love being in the kitchen and cooking. I enjoy using my Thermomix to make healthy and delicious meals. If you have a favorite recipe, please share it with me!

I am a passionate early childhood teacher with 23 years of experience working in the early childhood sector. I have experience working as a director, trainer, and assessor at TAFE, and more recently, as a Senior Field Officer/Authorised Officer with the Department of Education. My training and experience have equipped me with the knowledge and expertise to assess and mitigate risks to children’s health and safety, investigate serious incidents and advise and support services in regulatory compliance. I have a strong understanding of the National Quality Standards and the assessment and rating process.

I am passionate about building collaborative relationships with all early childhood stakeholders. I enjoy opportunities to engage in reflective conversations about the service’s context, quality practice, pedagogy and operational requirements. I also enjoy supporting educators to extend their knowledge, training and skills to grow as early childhood professionals.

I can’t wait to meet all St Nicholas Early Education and OOSH services and work collaboratively with the executive St Nicholas Team to provide high-quality education and care services to the children and families who attend St Nicholas services. Please don’t be shy; come and say “Hi!”