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.

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.

Nursery Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Melanie Jane. I have a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education from New Zealand Tertiary College and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Canterbury. I have worked in Education for 18 years.

I believe Kaiako in the early years have a vital role to play, as this is the time when the most important seeds of learning are sown. A strong, positive start in the early years sets tamariki up for lifelong learning success. I strive to create a calm, nurturing environment in the classroom to support children interests. I have two daughters Isabelle 19 and Ester 29 and a son, Eli 21. This year I became a very proud Grandmother to my grandson; Macpherson.In my spare time I enjoy getting into the outdoors; gardening and walking, camping and surfing. I'm also a trained Chef and always enjoy creating delicious, healthy meals for my family and friends using my own garden produce.

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.