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CENTRE INFO

Learn more about our state-of-the-art natural learning facility, surrounded by beautiful bushland, including designated koala habitat.

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ENROL

To express your interest in enrolling your child at Cashmere Village Natural Learning Centre please complete our waitlist form.

LEARNING

Our unique philosophy encompasses a holistic view of early education and care. We believe each child is unique and treat them as such.

About

Cashmere Village Natural Learning Centre is the vision of 2 local families who have 8 children of their own, ranging in age from 2 to 20 years.  Having had 30 years of experience in the early education field, our vision for CVNLC is a little different from the ‘standard’ child care centre you may have previously experienced.  A pivotal element of our curriculum and focus will be teaching and encouraging our young people to nurture themselves, their minds, their environment and others around them.  Children learn and grow through play and meaningful experiences and at CVNLC we aim to offer the highest standard of education and care in the most natural of environments.

Early learning experiences

CVNLC will provide a child-centred, friendly and uniquely natural environment.  A pivotal element of our curriculum and focus will be teaching and encouraging our young people to nurture themselves, their minds, their environment and others around them.  Children learn and grow through play and meaningful experiences and at CVNLC we aim to offer the highest standard of education and care in the most natural of environments.

CVNLC will follow the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), which along with our children’s interests, will guide our curriculum to support and enhance learning.  For more information on the EYLF please follow this link.

CVNLC will offer a Government Approved Kindergarten Program delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher.

For more information on Approved Kindergarten Programs please visit this website.

Centre info

Cashmere Village Natural Learning Centre is a state-of-the-art natural learning facility that opened in January 2020 surrounded by beautiful bushland, including designated koala habitat, and conveniently located next to the Cashmere Village shopping centre.

Natural Learning

Natural learning allows children the opportunity and freedom to play, learn and grow following their own natural timeline. It embraces and encourages each child’s wonderful uniqueness. The best learning occurs when children are given the opportunities and experiences which follow their interests and supports and enhances their skills.

Our natural environments are diverse and complex and offer a wealth of benefits and opportunities for children to play, learn and grow. Nature play significantly improves all aspects of child development. Along with the obvious health benefits, it encourages resilience, self-confidence, experimentation, friendships, social skills and a connection to the earth and the world around them.

PLAY

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood
Fred Rogers

LEARN

Teaching is not about answering questions but about raising questions – opening doors for them in places that they could not imagine.
Yawar Baig

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GROW

Children are not things to be moulded, but are people to be unfolded
Jess Lair

People & Partnerships

Our qualified and experienced educators will follow the philosophy that encompasses a holistic view of early education and care.  We understand that each child is unique and recognize the importance that they have the opportunity to be active and help shape and direct their own learning experiences.

We’ve all heard the saying ‘It takes a village to raise a child’.  Children learn best when they feel that they belong, to their family, to their community and to the world at large. 

Centre Features

OPENING TIMES

Opening hours are 6.15am to 6.15pm.
The centre will operate Monday – Friday, 52 weeks per year, excluding gazetted public holidays.

ROOMS

Cashmere Village Natural Learning Centre will be a standalone privately and locally owned and operated services that will cater to local families with children from 6 weeks – 12 years old.

NATURAL SURROUNDINGS

State-of-the-art natural learning facility, surrounded by beautiful bushland, including designated koala habitat, and conveniently located next to the Cashmere Village shopping centre.

NUTRITION

Good nutrition is fundamental for good health and development in the early years.  CVNLC will have a qualified onsite chef and will supply 5 healthy and nutritious meals each day.

  • Breakfast
  • Morning Tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Late Snack

Our menus will be developed to meet the individual dietary needs of children as advised by ‘Food for Health: Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents”, Get Up & Grow: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood’ and the National Quality Framework (NQF).

Allergies and cultural requirement can also be catered for.

INCLUSIONS

All nappies, linen, sunscreen and a bucket hat will also be provided.

VACATION CARE

Limited outside school hours and vacation care places will be available to those families that have siblings attending the centre and will service selected local schools.

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Quote

“What do parents owe their young that is more important than a warm and trusting connection to the Earth…?”

– Theodore Roszak, The Voice of the Earth