The Next Steps
Submit your enquiry online and we will send information about fees, bonds, booking a tour and enrolling online
Book your tour online, or over the phone, and come and meet the team and see our centre.
3. Enrol Online
Submit an online enrolment form and pay the bond & first week of fees to secure your spot.
Why You'll Love
Cherry Bridge Station?
Located on Fifteenth Ave with dedicated onsite parking for easy access to our main entrance.
1. Great Location
Our location is 280 Fifteenth Avenue in Austral. The daily drop-off and pick-up is super easy with a dedicated car park.
Cherry Bridge Station values community connections, and you’ll find the centre’s centrality and convenience within the Austral – West Hoxton – Carnes Hill area a big plus in getting errands done, heading to the gym, taking bigger kids to nearby play and leisure centres, or even getting to the dentist.
We love Anytime Fitness Hoxton Park, just down the road behind KFC, and visiting Michael Clarke Recreation Centre (and playground) is always a fun activity after picking up the kids in the afternoon. You’ll find quality local health and medical services nearby too.
2. Designed for Kids
It’s great to know, when you walk into Cherry Bridge Station Austral, that every element of the Centre’s design has been made with your child in mind. It’s modern, comfy – and loads of fun! Warm, tactile, bright and homely, light-filled indoor spaces are furnished with natural textures and elements that appeal to the imagination. We created a cosy vibe, with a range of textiles and textures, like funky rugs and throw cushions, which helps your child make the transition between child care and home.
3. Age Stage Learning
Cherry Bridge Station Austral has specialised educational programs to suit children aged 6 weeks – 5 years:
Nursery - The Koalas (0-1 years)
Our Koalas require lots of nurturing and interaction, in which to grow and be. The ideal environment for developmental growth includes a balanced blend of experiences and a consistent, attentive approach. Our focus is on each child, building the foundations for language and discovering gross-motor and fine-motor skills. We role-model emotional growth with caring, positive interactions and engagement. Our nursery is created to provide a safe and home-like environment, with separate cot rooms and a cosy, relaxing and comfortable sleep area for babies. By attending to individual needs, Cherry Bridge Station educators ensure your child’s evolving routine is met, with an optimum balance of stimulation and rest.
Nursery - The Wombats (1-2 years)
We’re walking and talking now! With more mobility and communication, peer engagement forms a big part of social growth at this age. Activity is encouraged as gross motor skills and curiosity collide! We work to develop each child’s ability to maneuver their way around the environment in safety. Consistency around daily rhythms and routines is important, in ensuring your child’s individual needs are met. For our Wombats, play programs include a range of sensory experiences that are stimulating and engaging, with different textures, sounds and natural materials. Rest rhythms are taken in a safe and home-like environment, with a separate sleeping room for cosy sleep time.
Toddlers - The Kookaburras (2-3 years)
Now we’re talking! At this age, children are fascinated by their environment – everything is new! And adults have a lot of explaining to do! Cherry Bridge Station educators find days in the Kookaburras room are filled with talking . . . lots and lots of talking. Your child’s language development is likely to be skyrocketing right about now. Our educators look for different ways to extend their language skills every day, both in learning and play sessions, encouraging your child to use this strong foundation as a tool for navigating those new experiences. Play activities are created with education goals and independence in mind while sparking their imaginations with peer-related games such as pretend play. Education programs are activity-based and cover mathematics concepts, self-help skills, negotiating socially, dealing with challenges and making choices.
Preschool - The Wallabies (3-4 years)
Level up! At this stage, we focus on preparing children for the preschool program, at the 4-5 years age stage. Our Wallabies love socialising and learning to interact with new friends. This stage is about expanding social skills and learning different ways of being social, in groups and independently. Educators engage those expanding language skills with increasingly complex vernacular. This important social stage in the learning journey is where a growing awareness of rules and boundaries is balanced with curiosity and exploration. Educators focus on encouraging cooperation with others, enhancing prosocial skills, taking care of friends and making and following simple rules. We actively encourage kindness towards each other, as part of building solid foundations for personal growth and self-reflection.
Preschool - The Emus (4-5 years)
The Emus are really-nearly ready for school! It’s all about Kindergarten preparedness, in our education programming. Our preschoolers are learning skills that will help them feel more confident and settled at primary school – including familiarity with education technology and structured learning environments. The program is a fun, comprehensive approach to letter and number recognition, sight words, basic science concepts, reflective thinking and applied strategies for solving problems. Whether it’s counting backwards, tying a shoelace or telling a story, school-readiness learning takes place alongside self-awareness, structured play and individual interests. Our Emus get ready to take the leap, with small and large group story sharing, drawing and writing, learning about colours, shapes and numbers, developing personal and communal responsibilities and caring for their own belongings, problem-solving, self-help skills and social interaction with their peers.
4. Room to Run
Wonder-filled days are made from exploration and imagination – and great playgrounds! Our outdoor play areas stimulate the senses, as well as offering spaces for quiet play, with separate playgrounds for our 0-2 years and 2-5 years age groups.
Cubbies! Trike tracks! Sandpits! …Craft zone? Whichever way you play, Cherry Bridge Station Austral is set up for fun and outdoor play. Each day, your child will engage in structured and free play sessions, which form part of the daily routine.
Outdoor play looks different at different age levels. Holistically-designed play spaces incorporate soft landings and curved structures that make adventurous play accessible and more risk-averse – with fun as the main focus.
5. Eating Right - Al Meals Included
Growing healthy habits for life!
Your child’s meals are created onsite every day in our commercial kitchen by our Centre Cook, Miss Lisa. We don’t use preprepared meals or outside catering – we cook good, fresh food every day and often bake our own bread.
As we freshly prepare all meals in our own kitchen, every child’s dietary and religious food requirements are catered for:
6. Dedicated Educators
We're so proud of our team
We know that educators need to be passionate about what they do. Our exceptional staff work with us because we know that educators who care for children, as opposed to just doing a job, provide a much better quality and consistency of care.
This means your child’s daily experience is supported by caring professionals who provide quality childcare and help our centre to lift the bar in achieving great educational outcomes in our early learners.
The best thing about this framework is that the goals of Cherry Bridge Station are aligned with what our parents want.
7. All-inclusive & transparent pricing
At Cherry Bridge Station, we know it’s important for families to stay on top of the household budget. We are committed to all-inclusive transparent pricing encompassing all the day-to-day and week-to-week essentials:
8. Get the app & Keep in touch
We know that as parents, you are keen to know all about your child’s experiences throughout the day. The Cherry Bridge Station App enables parents and carers to access real-time notifications about their child’s daily eating, sleeping and play routines, every day. You know your child is in the best possible care, with the option to access and receive relevant notes and images throughout a care session so that you don’t miss a thing. Centre news, daily menus, the educational curriculum and lots more is right at your fingertips with the Cherry Bridge Station App.