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 centre we are licensed for 28 children aged 2-5 years.

Our kaiako are all qualified or in their final year of training and have their first aid certificates and participate in ongoing learning and development. We believe in providing a programme that is inclusive and meets children's individual needs. The tamariki who attend our centre have opportunities to explore our local community through outings and invited guests. Our preschool is small and homely providing tamariki with spaces to play together or by themselves if they wish. Through having a small group of children this ensures that the needs of your child are meet through our programme and planning 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

Katie Crawshaw
Preschool Kaiako

Kia ora my name is Katie and I am a fully qualified teacher and hold a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and have been teaching for 8 years.
I am a strong believer in working with whānau to gain an understanding of their culture, values and beliefs as this knowledge is the key to creating an inclusive environment. When tamariki see a positive relationship between their whānau and kaiako, they feel a greater sense of security within their early childhood environment. I love creating a warm and welcoming environment that is a safe space and is viewed as a home away from home. I have a passion for story-telling and especially love sharing stories through yoga as it is such a creative and expressive outlet.

When I am not teaching, my whānau and I enjoy biking around town, walking our dog Rogue, renovating our 1915 Bungalow and exploring NZ.

Michelle Cross
Preschool Kaiako

Kia ora koutou
My name is Michelle and I am a fully certified teacher who holds a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education.
I have been working within the early childhood sector for around 27 years and I still love it just as much as when I started. Since beginning my career as an Early Childhood teacher I have experienced a great deal of diversity as I have been employed in both the state operated and private sectors in both New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. My teaching philosophy is based on ' a tona wa'. Each child learns in their own way, meaning that there can be wide variation in the rate and timing of learning and in developing the capacity to apply new knowledge and skills in different contexts. All children are born with immense potential and that kaiako must work together in partnership with a child's family to realise this potential so that children experience a curriculum that empowers them for their life long learning journey.
I live locally with my husband and my two children. They both attend Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto so we are a local family too. In my spare time I enjoy traveling to places far and wide, walking and creating memories with friends and family.

Nicole Whiu
Head Teacher

Kia ora my name is Nicole Whiu, I am a fully registered teacher and hold a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education. I’m married with two older children.

I believe relationships are uttermost important thing to establish with tamariki, parents whanau and family. Having a good relationship is the foundation on which we build our knowledge of the people and places that are part of our world. I believe that children learn through play, and that Kaiako support and extends their learning, along with Kaiako learning from children. I also believe that the environment is the third teacher in a child’s learning environment.
I believe that each child has their own uniqueness and their own way of learning, and they do this at their own pace. I like working alongside children encouraging them to ask questions and work things out as much as they can by themselves. At the same time, I’m there to support and guide them.
I believe in bringing in my personality to the children’s learning, therefore I incorporate humour into the children’s learning environment.
I believe in supporting our bi-cultural heritage through waiata, Te Reo and tikanga Maori. I’m also a strong believer in supporting multicultural cultures through celebrating their beliefs throughout the learning environment.
I enjoy the following experiences with the tamariki, baking, messy play, science exploration and arts and crafts, as this allows the children to show their uniqueness, and build a range of strategies and skills through play and learn. I believe over time and with guidance and encouragement children become competent confident and positive learners.

Vanessa Pauley
Centre Manager

Kia ora, my name is Vanessa Pauley and I am a fully registered teacher and have a Masters In Education, endorsed in inclusive and special education.
I have a love for learning and am always looking at ways to build my knowledge and to share this with others.

I have been teaching in the early childhood sector for over 24 years. I have worked extensively with children aged 0-6 years. I have a passion for neuroscience especially in children aged 0-3 years. 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.