A Big Change …..

I was so excited when I first heard about Mayfield. It was the kind of kindy I always wished was available , so I enrolled my son as soon as I could.
Being an educator in a  “regular” centre I found I was wondering if there was more to childcare and if it really could be less restricted.  Then I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to join the Mayfield team. While I am still finding my feet I have learnt soo much about the importance of letting kids be kids and allowing them to be in charge of their learning because that is how they will learn best.

I remember the first time that it rained at Mayfield and the children stayed outside! I watched on stunned as the children slipped and slided in the mud and ended up covered from head to toe. I was slightly scared thinking “should I be letting them do this” but thinking how beautiful it was to see the joy on the children’s faces.

Climbing trees, watching bees up close, swinging on a rope swing,  balancing on logs, playing in the rain, using sticks in play are all things that I was used to thinking were too “risky” or parents wouldn’t be happy with their children doing. I now know that all these things are important  for so many areas of children’s development.
I only hope that in the future this will be the way of all early childhood centres.
Written by Kim – Educator at Mayfield Nature Kindergarten


Childhood is such a short, magical time, and in a fleeting moment, they will be grown up. You will spend an eternity knowing your child as adult, but for these few precious years, you have the privilege of knowing them as a child. For a brief moment in their journey of life, you get to watch them laugh, learn, grow, and experience the awe and wonder that childhood offers.

Children only get one childhood …. Don’t ever wish that magical time away…
Childhood Memories ought to be the most precious memories in any one’s life.

What vision of childhood do you have in your heart for your child…..
We welcome you to join us on a wonder-filled journey through early childhood.