Erin Gehrig has always loved children and being a witness to their growth and development. As a teen, she undertook voluntary work experience at an early education service and following this set her sights on working in the industry. Erin began working for St Nicholas Early Education at its Chisholm centre in 2018, before joining the Maitland operation when it opened its doors earlier this year. She draws on almost a decade of experience in the industry to mentor her colleagues on St Nicholas’s programs and practices.
St Nicholas Early Education grew to three areas during the year. These were: Early Education centres, which provide care and education to young children in the years before schools; OOSH, which is care for school-aged children before and after school and during vacations; and the third area, St Nicholas Pathways, which is the training of students to work in the early education sector.
Researchers at Monash University in Victoria recently launched Australia’s largest study into play-based education, aimed at inspiring teachers and parents to develop the next generation of thinkers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is expanding its education network, with the official launch today of St Nicholas Pathways.
Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, CEO, Sean Scanlon, said the initiative was established to create meaningful pathways to employment and in particular, support the growing demand for early childhood educators.
Over 120 educators from all the St Nicholas Early Education centres across the Hunter recently dedicated their Saturday to attend a St Nicholas Early Education professional development day.