Mayfield Nature Kindergarten

Mayfield Centre

About Our Centre

Welcome to Mayfield Nature Kindergarten ….. Natural Childhood ….. Precious Memories

We hope you enjoy reading all about our philosophy for our unique and special place!

Early childhood is the foundation for lifelong learning.

We believe children are competent and capable learners with their own knowledge of the world around them. Therefore, we embrace a play-based curriculum, based upon the principles and outcomes outlined in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), that provides children with freedom of choice. We support children to develop at their own pace, whilst encouraging children to share thoughts and ideas, collaborate, explore, experiment, imagine and problem solve. Our programs reflect planned and spontaneous experiences that are purposeful and meaningful.

Facilitating a lifelong connection with our land, nature and animals.

We foster an appreciation of the natural environment and deepen each child’s sense of wonder, belonging, love and interconnectedness to the land, nature and animals. In our environment’s children are given the flexibility to flow between the indoors, outdoors and beyond. The children are supported to develop lifelong, positive and proactive practices towards caring for the environment and a sustainable future. Our environments encourage children’s active engagement, natural curiosity, and risk taking.

Positive / nurturing relationships set the foundations for a positive sense of belonging, being and becoming for children and their families.

Our families, children and community inspire us in identifying our core values which are kindness, compassion, safety, happiness, respect, nurturing and friendships which help to provide high quality care and education. To strive to build a nurturing and respectful, positive and warm relationship with the children to enhance their sense of belonging, being and becoming. We will develop positive relationships with families and work on building a partnership based on mutual trust and a high level of open communication. Decisions will be made together with the families to ensure the children are learning to their best ability. This will help to guide and support families in their role and achieve the best outcomes for children.

Community involvement in all aspects of our program

We strive to utilise community resources effectively to enhance the growth and development of the children, families and staff. Our respect of the varied and diverse cultures within our community enables us to deepen our connection and understanding which is then embedded in our daily program. We contribute to our wider community to assist the children in achieving a sense of being, belonging & becoming.

Home away from home

Our spaces are calm, nurturing and supportive, and allow the child to feel safe and secure in a home away from home environment. Positive communication, respect, teamwork and collaboration form the foundation of who we are. As a team we are guided professionally by the Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics.  We promote and value ongoing professional development and learning and reflective practice.

Cultivating a deep respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

Mayfield Nature Kindergarten was formed on the lands of the Yuggera and Ugarapul peoples. We acknowledge Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians of this country and their connection to the land, water and community in which we operate. We hold hands and walk together into tomorrow as we promise to care for this land. Pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs both past and present.

What parents say about us?

We came to Mayfield with a beautiful, anxious little boy who’d never experienced care before. And I was ‘that’ mum who so hoped she was making the best decision but spent the days prior to his start date, a nervous wreck. We wanted our son to grow in his resilience and experience all the learnings and joys of kindy life.

The first few weeks were filled with major anxiety separation, tears and doubts. However, it was obvious from day one that Mayfields’ staff were deeply and genuinely invested in my son. They prioritised his well-being and put aside typical ‘schooling’ expectations to ensure he felt safe and supported. The environment was always calming, homely and intentionally curated with activities my son loved. My sons’ challenges were only ever met with endless compassion and understanding and hugs were given freely to both son and mum!

Mayfield takes a child-centred, strengths based approach and we have seen my son flourish in their individualised, holistic care. Using responsive teaching methods, the staff treasure childhood and all the natural opportunities to foster a child’s learning and growth. Mayfield understands that the foundations for learning, including emotional regulation, are critical for a child to engage and hence they prioritise meeting these needs first. Using nature as a central tool, and also following my child’s natural curiosity – we’ve seen him come home with incredible new learnings, better self regulation skills, new language, new friends and endless wonderful questions.

Just a few months later and we have a far more confident big boy, who loves his kindy and has had countless positive experiences. “My kindy is magical mum”.

He knows that every little step forward he makes, will be celebrated with the same energy it took for him to courageously take it. He has started to learn his own strength and his resilience and self esteem have developed beautifully, we’ve also witnessed the wonderful impacts of this in spheres outside of kindy life.

We are so thankful for this opportunity for our son and to the staff at Mayfield! What a wonderful foundation for his ongoing educational and life journey.

Jenna Cera

My son loves attending Mayfield. He thoroughly enjoys spending most of his day outside exploring and running around. His favourite thing to do is swinging on the rope in the barn and looking at Mr Bruce’s machinery when going on adventures to the beyond!

The teachers are gentle, kind, encouraging and have a beautiful sense of calm that flows into the children! The centre itself is beautifully presented and welcoming to anyone who walks in, and the scenic views are just what I wish I’d wake upto with my morning coffee, the kids are so lucky to have such a wonderful space to learn in!

I highly recommend Mayfield to everyone I talk to!

Justine Borg

What Mayfield means to me and my family:

Mayfield creates experiences that a child might not get anywhere else, nature based learning and getting in touch with the land we live on is very important to our family. Learning about the circle of life and flora and fauna with hands on experience. The educators are all comforting and welcoming and they all have the same goal. Most of all I love that Hannah comes home full of excitement to tell me about what she has learned throughout the day.

Kayla G

Eskay Kids Mayfield is my daughters home away from home. Lynda, Beverly, Charman and the other teachers make the kindy a warm and inviting space, and the teachers beautiful personalities bring a calm presence to the space which is enjoyable and comfortable. My daughter loves the large amount of outdoor & nature based play, and she adores the ‘beyond’ walks out into the paddocks beyond the kindy! We could not be happier with the fantastic level of care provided by Eskay Kids Mayfield!

Stephanie

Mayfield Nature Kindergarten, where do I begin to start!
Having 5 children who have all attended childcare, you can imagine the amount of times I’ve walked through multiple centre’s trying to find the one.

The day I walked into Mayfield was the day our lives changed & I’m so grateful to have stumbled across this beautiful place.
I have never felt so at home walking through the doors & in total peace with the surrounds of the beautifully thought out cottage.

I love the open area’s to learn and play together, I love that educators work together as if we are all one big family. Having a big family myself, it was incredibly important that I found a centre where my daughter felt the same kind of environment that she would feel at home. If I’m going to make the sacrifice to work and leave my daughter in the hands of anyone, it was my job to makes sure she would be nurtured just as I would myself, so I’m incredibly grateful to have found Mayfield Nature Kindergarten.

Katie

Mayfield is not just a Kindy, Mayfield is our children’s home away from home, where no matter where we are they will feel the love, support, guidance and make the most spectacular memories with the most beautiful staff, children, owners and Animals just as much as they would at home with us!

Do you remember that special place you revisited each day as a child?  Imagine that special place for your child and the memories they could be making! 

Eboney

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ESKAY KIDS

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.

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