FIRST CLASS EARLY LEARNING & CHILDCARE
Cherry Bridge Station, Castle Hill is located at 8a Hudson Avenue, right next to ‘Flip Out’ and ‘Croc’s Playcentre’. Our centre has flat easy access (perfect if you have a pram), plenty of dedicated underground parking and you can also park right next to the front door if you are in a hurry.
You can even have a walk around our centre on Google Maps! (View on Google Maps)
This Cherry Bridge Station centre was built to the highest standards and is designed to inspire a sense of curiosity and discovery in every child. Each and every inch of the centre was designed to facilitate different types of play, support educational milestones, achieve curriculum objectives and provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment to play and learn in. The centre features keypad security access, a large all-weather indoor play area, shaded outdoor play areas and safety gates.
3. Specialised Educational Programs
The Snuggly Steamers
6 weeks to 12 months
A Snuggly Steamer requires lots of nurturing and interaction. Our nursery provides a safe homelike environment perfect for the needs of your little one, with separate cot rooms providing a cosy, relaxing and comfortable sleep area for babies.
Babies have individual routines for feeding, sleeping and playing, and Cherry Bridge Station knows this. Upon enrolment, families are asked to complete a Daily Routine Sheet in which provides our educators with insight into your child’s home routine. Educators will ensure this routine is followed to promote consistency between the home and centre environments.
With the Cherry Bridge Station app, you can also get real-time notifications about your Snuggly Steamer’s eating, sleeping and playing for the day. You can even receive relevant notes and pictures throughout the care session, to reassure you that your child is receiving the best possible care.
The Little Steamers
12 months to 24 months
A Little Steamer still needs nurturing and a focus on interaction, however, they can now have plenty of group routines introduced, usually having their meals, snacks and sleeps at about the same time. Educators continually support and encourage the Little Steamers, assisting in their growth and development.
With the Cherry Bridge Station app, you will get real-time notifications with pictures of these group activities and advantageous social interactions.
The Barrelling Boilers
2 to 3 years
Barrelling boilers are full of energy and always busy. Cherry Bridge Station educators are very engaged with the children and are always talking . . . lots and lots of talking. Your child’s language development will be skyrocketing right now and is a primary focus for our educators, along with play activities involving mathematics, self-help skills, challenges and making choices.Steamers, assisting in their growth and development. With the Cherry Bridge Station app, you will get real-time notifications with pictures of these group activities and advantageous social interactions.
The children will be encouraged to go to the bathroom independently with the assistance and guidance of educators, eat lunch in small groups and will assist educators with daily chores, encouraging independence and helping with activities at home.
With the Cherry Bridge Station app, you can get real-time notifications of the little successes each day, as your little learner continues to grow and develop.
The Doting Drivers
3 to 4 years
Doting drivers enjoy socialising and learning to interact with friends. Educators focus on encouraging the children to co-operate with others, to enhance prosocial skills, to take care of friends and to make and follow simple rules. The children will also undertake structured and more complex play activities promoting skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, independence, confidence, social skills and interests that help our doting drivers to discover their own identities.
The Clever Conductors
4 to 5 years
The Clever Conductors are engaged in the preschool program and Cherry Bridge Station’s School Readiness Program. The children are preparing for kindergarten by learning the skills that will help them feel more confident and settled for their first day at primary school and becoming more and more used to a structured learning environment. Children engage in activities such as small and large group story sharing, drawing and writing, learning about colours, shapes and numbers, developing responsibilities and caring for their own belongings, problem-solving, self-help skills and social interactions with their peers.
4. PLAY AREAS
At Cherry Bridge Station Castle Hill, we have two state-of-the-art outdoor play areas, and a large specially designed indoor play area that allow children to expend excess energy in all weather conditions. One outdoor space is specially designed for our 0-2-year-olds, while the other caters for the 2-5 years age group. These generous outdoor play spaces have carefully placed shade sails and include sandpits, decking, benches, cubby houses and water play features. Our expansive indoor play area has a sandpit, tricycle track, cubby house, craft zone and more.
5. Nutrition & Healthy Eating
Good eating habits are an essential part of our educational programs. The planning, preparation and serving of meals at Cherry Bridge Station is a vital part of our quality of care. Whilst some childcare facilities use outside catering, Cherry Bridge Station prepares all meals on the premises in our own fully equipped kitchen. We use only quality ingredients; lean meats and chicken, fresh vegetables and fruits with a minimal amount of processed or frozen foods (we do not use reheated frozen meals).
Fresh drinking water is always available and milk is served at various times throughout the day. Our experienced cooks hold qualifications in ‘Nutrition and Menu Planning’ and ‘Safe Food Handling’. All allergies are regarded as a top priority and educators are trained in anaphylaxis. Special needs and dietary requirements are also carefully recorded and managed appropriately, with each child being catered for according to their individual needs.
The entire Cherry Bridge Station centre is a nut-free zone. Cherry Bridge Station serves breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late afternoon snack, and together these have been designed to meet 70% of each child’s total daily nutritional needs. The Cherry Bridge Station app allows you to see daily menus and will also record how much food your child is eating while in our care.
Childcare is an extension of the family. The early years of a young child’s development will shape their future and influence the people they become. The Cherry Bridge Station team are committed to encouraging and supporting the growth of each and every child in our care. Early Childhood Educators isn’t a job, it’s a responsibility and a privilege.
Our Nominated Supervisor:
My name is Jessica and I’m the Nominated Supervisor (NS) for Cherry Bridge Station Castle Hill. I have 4 siblings, a supportive family, and with their support, found my calling in Early Education. As an NS I believe in having an inclusive education for all children that is reflective of diversity and equity. I believe in play-based learning that considers the holistic needs and interests of children. I endeavour to provide a safe learning environment that promotes self-discovery, hands-on experiences, independence, and stimulation. I believe ongoing partnerships are essential for families in order to provide high-quality care for children. I aim to have open communication with all our families and support and value their views. I am committed to keeping our team inspired and believe in collaboration and communication to achieve the best practices for our children.
8. CHILD CARE SUBSIDY (CCS)
Cherry Bridge Station Castle Hill has been approved for the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Families complete the online CCS assessment via the myGov website prior to starting at Cherry Bridge Station and if eligible, the CCS will be paid directly to Cherry Bridge Station on your behalf.