Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—I am delighted that 70 new early education and childcare places were opened in the heart of Maitland's CBD last month with the opening of the new St Nicholas Early Education Centre and Pathways Training Centre.

St Nick's Maitland includes a 15-place nursery, a 15-place program for children 2-3 years, a 20-place program for those aged 3-4 and a 20-place preschool program for children 4 to 5 years. Importantly, the new facility is also home to the St Nicholas Pathways Training Facility, which will attract trainees in early childhood education from across the Hunter Region and offer a range of study options for aspiring and existing early childhood education and care professionals.

I'm pleased that Maitland families now have access to more long-day care options in the centre of town. It is also positive to see more people coming into our CBD, experiencing what we have to offer, and hopefully supporting our small businesses during their visit.

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