About Us

At Cashmere Early Learning Centre we believe in providing children and their families exceptionally high standard of education and care which we are able to provide through our low group numbers and ratio of qualified teachers. In our preschool we are licensed for twenty children over the age of two and in the nursery we are licensed for eight under twos. Our teachers are all qualified and have their first aid certificates and participate in ongoing learning and development. Through having a low group size of children it ensures that the needs of your child are meet through our unique programme and planning system which grows and extends their interests and is based on our philosophy of how children learn through play.  

We offer our families 20 hours ECE for all children over three and there is aslo a Work and Income subsidy available. We provide fruit and vegetables for morning and afternoon tea.







Meet the team

Amelia Allan
Preschool Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Millie. I am currently in my second year of studying towards my Bachelor degree of Early Childhood Education. I have been working in London as a nanny and I also have experience working in another centre here in Christchurch.

My philosophy is based on the belief that the foundations for a life long love of learning is developed in the early years of ones life. I feel that strong relationships with families, teachers and parents help nurture the love of learning. I live with my family in Cashmere and I enjoy the outdoors, and getting creative in my spear time. I am really looking forward to getting to know you all more as I start my journey here at CELC.

Jolene De Beus
Nursery Teacher

Kia Ora,my name is Jo and I am a qualified teacher and hold a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching.I am very passionate about building trusting relationships with tamariki and their whaanau/families.I believe creating exciting natural environments where tamariki are able to explore and play at their own pace is paramount to their individual learning and development.I am married with three children,two are adults and Tilly who attends the Preschool.I enjoy spending time with family and friends relaxing. I like to go shopping and grab a bargain,also it's great exploring the outdoors getting out in our beautiful landscape.

Kirsten Rochford
Nursery Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Kirsten Rochford and I am a qualified teacher and hold a degree in Early Childhood Education. I love working with all tamariki and I am currently in the infant and toddler room. I love to create an engaging, safe, calm and nurturing environment for all tamariki. I am passionate about infant and toddler development and creating positive relationships with tamariki, their whānau/families and the wider community.
I am married and love to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy travelling, exploring new places and relaxing too! I love to keep fit and healthy too and enjoying being active around our city.

Nicole Whiu
Head Teacher

Hi my name is Nicole Whiu and I am a fully registered teacher and hold a Diploma in Teaching in Early Childhood Education. I enjoy building trusting relationships with the tamariki where I can bring my sense of humor into their play and create a fun learning environment. One of my passions is running mat times that children are able to experience an interactive activity where they get to use their cognitive skills, I also like to incorporate dancing, music and crafty experiences so the tamariki get to express their creative side.

I’m married with two teenage children. I enjoy a good laugh amongst friends and family, doing a bit of craft and going to markets and craft fairs.

Vanessa Pauley
Centre Manager

Kia ora, my name is Vanessa Pauley and I am a fully registered teacher and hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, endorsed in inclusive and special education. I am currently working towards a Master of Education. I have been teaching in the early childhood sector for over 23 years. I have worked extensively with children aged 0-6 years. I have a passion for neuroscience especially in children aged 0-3years. I believe in building strong reciprocal relationships with tamariki, families/whānau and the local community.

I enjoy spending time with my whānau, travelling and reading. I have a sense of adventure and love challenging myself to try new things.