Our location is 71 Blaxland Road in Rhodes. The daily drop-off and pick-up is super easy, via Concord Rd.
At the heart of the community, our convenient location makes the morning and afternoon transitions smooth sailing, for commuting parents and local families.
Cherry Bridge Station values community connections, and you’ll find the centre’s centrality and convenience to Rhodes a big plus in getting errands done, heading to the gym, taking bigger kids to nearby play and leisure centres, or even getting to the dentist.
We love GFitness, just around the corner, and visiting Sydney Olympic Park is always a fun activity after picking up the kids in the afternoon. You’ll find quality local health and medical services nearby too.
CBS Rhodes is designed to make it easy for our families to get in and out of, with minimum fuss. We know that parking, pram access, ramps and rails help everyone to get where they need to be. You’ll find onsite, underground dedicated car parking with direct lift access. Our centre is accessed with a secure key pad entry only, using a code, and we offer pram parking – which means you can be on your way any day and leave your wheels safely with us, until it’s pick-up time.
As a part of this thriving western Sydney community, Cherry Bridge Station is focused on supporting Rhodes families by offering with the best in quality childcare. We are 100% Australian-owned and we take pride in journeying with your family.
Warm, tactile, bright and homely, light-filled indoor spaces are furnished with natural textures and elements that appeal to the imagination. We created a cosy vibe, with a range of textiles and textures, like funky rugs and throw cushions, which helps your child make the transition between child care and home.
Comfort year-round is taken care of with controlled temperature environments – not only does this make life easier but it insulates our children against weather extremes and potential health issues. There are separate spaces for resting, sleeping and toileting, which helps your child to know where they are up to, in their daily routine.
Cherry Bridge Station Rhodes has modern, considered playspaces that capture every child’s imagination. Outdoors is an exciting space, partially open to the sky, with sandpits, decking, benches, a hill with bridge and tunnel, cubby houses and water play, amid an enticing range of structures made specially for play and exploration. A big verandah, shade sails and umbrellas provide shadey places for outdoors play.
Security and safety for our families is a big part of ensuring everyday wellbeing. Each of our centres is accessible by secure key pad entry only, using a code.
The kitchen is at the heart of the building, keeping good food and good health central to our daily routine. All our meals are prepared onsite with our own cook, which makes the kitchen one of the most important areas in Cherry Bridge Station Rhodes. Our herb garden produce is incorporated into our meals, and children love to pick things from the garden.
At Cherry Bridge Station, we know it’s important for families to stay on top of the household budget. We are committed to transparent pricing and you only pay for the days your child attends. A bonus for our families – care on public holidays is always provided FREE.
Nurturing Social, Emotional, Physical Growth
A Snuggly Steamer requires lots of nurturing and interaction, in which to grow and be. The ideal environment for developmental growth includes a balanced blend of experiences and a consistent, attentive approach.
Our focus is with each child, building the foundations for language and discovering gross-motor and fine-motor skills. We role-model emotional growth with caring, positive interactions and engagement.
Our nursery is created to provide a safe and home-like environment, with separate cot rooms and a cosy, relaxing and comfortable sleep area for babies. By attending to individual needs, Cherry Bridge Station educators and carers ensure your child’s evolving routine is met, with an optimum balance of stimulation and rest.
Snuggly Steamers love being at Cherry Bridge Station, and our educators and carers make sure that their time with us meets the optimum standards for Quality Childcare for Babies, in line with Australian government National Quality Framework and Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority Guidelines.
We’re walking and talking now! With more mobility and communication, peer engagement forms a big part of social growth at this age. We do lots of parallel play and start to grasp the concept of turn-taking. Activity is encouraged as gross motor skills and curiosity collide! We work to develop each child’s ability to maneuver their way around the environment in safety.
Consistency around daily rhythms and routines is important, in ensuring your child’s individual needs are met. At enrolment, families provide daily routine information, detailing your child’s current routines for feeding, sleeping and playing. This important information helps educators to work with your child’s established daily pattern. The awesome CBS App offers parents connectedness to your child’s activity, meals and rest, throughout the day.
For a Snuggly Steamer, play programs include a range of sensory experiences that are stimulating and engaging, with different textures, sounds and natural materials. We ensure that a day’s play provides opportunities for all developmental capabilities to be engaged and extended. Rest rhythms are taken in a safe and home-like environment, with separate cot rooms for cosy sleep time.
Now we’re talking! At this age, children are fascinated by their environment – everything is new! And adults have a lot of explaining to do! Cherry Bridge Station educators find days in the Barrelling Boilers room are filled with talking . . . lots and lots of talking. Your child’s language development is likely to be skyrocketing right about now. Our educators look for different ways to extend their language skills every day, both in learning and play sessions, encouraging your child to use this strong foundation as a tool for navigating those new experiences.
Play activities are created with education goals and independence in mind, while sparking their imaginations with peer-related games such as pretend play. Education programs are activity-based and cover mathematics concepts, self-help skills, negotiating socially, dealing with challenges and making choices.
Barrelling Boilers are encouraged to learn to use the bathroom independently, with assistance and guidance. Boilers love to be independent, so they help out with some small daily chores, which also helps them to build a sense of place and purpose within their community.
Level up! This stage we focus on preparing children for the preschool program, at 4-5 years age stage. Doting Drivers love socialising and learning to interact with new friends. This stage is about expanding social skills and learning different ways of being social, in groups and independently. Educators engage those growing language skills with increasingly complex vernacular. Language development comes further into play, in building friendships and problem-solving.
This important social stage in the learning journey is where a growing awareness of rules and boundaries are balanced with curiosity and exploration. Educators focus on encouraging co-operation with others, enhanced prosocial skills, taking care of friends and making and following simple rules. We actively encourage kindness towards each other, as part of building solid foundations for personal growth and self-reflection.
Structured and more complex play activities help to promote critical thinking, problem-solving, independence and confidence. Doting Drivers begin to develop interests that help them discover and inhabit their own identities.
Clever Conductors are really-nearly ready for school! It’s all about Kindergarten preparedness, in our education programming. Clever Conductors prepare for kindergarten by learning skills that will help them feel more confident and settled at primary school – including familiarity with education technology and structured learning environments.
The program is a fun, comprehensive approach to letter and number recognition, sight words, basic science concepts, reflective thinking and applied strategies for solving problems. Whether it’s counting backwards, tying a shoelace or telling a story, school-readiness learning takes place alongside self-awareness, structured play and individual interests.
Our Clever Conductors get ready to take the leap, with small and large group story sharing, drawing and writing, learning about colours, shapes and numbers, developing personal and communal responsibilities and caring for their own belongings, problem-solving, self-help skills and social interaction with their peers.
Cherry Bridge Station School Readiness curriculum is developed to cover National Educational Standards (NESA) and includes all the requirements that need to be met before it’s time to go to Big School.
Growing Healthy Habits for Life
When we talk about children’s health and nutrition, it gets personal.
Cherry Bridge Station takes children’s health and nutrition to heart. Eating habits for life are established in early childhood years, which is why our health and nutrition policies and practices are based on a firm foundation of setting up good food habits – for life.
Your child’s meals are created onsite every day in our professional kitchens. Like your home, our kitchens are at the heart of our centre’s design. You can pop your head in and say hi to the cook.
Every day at Rhodes, our eating program links healthy snacks to healthy activity. We focus especially on food allergies and dietary requirements, and all our Centres are nut free zones. Cherry Bridge Station celebrates cultural diversity by catering to the needs of every one of our families; our meal options include Halal and vegetarian dietary requirements.
Our programs and activities always include a water station, to ensure hydration is never a concern. As part of our policy – to ensure inclusivity and healthy eating habits for life – we ensure every child’s dietary needs are met, with balanced meals and fresh food.
We don’t do sweetened drinks or frozen, pre-packaged food. We do not use reheated frozen meals.
We do fresh fruit breaks, milk, and balanced meals that offer balanced nutrition as well as simple, clean, appealing flavours.
You don’t need to worry about whether your child is getting their daily nutrition needs met – everything they eat gets logged for you to check over, which is also accessible from our Cherry Bridge Station App. Our families find this super helpful, in managing household cooking and avoiding duplication at home!
Good eating habits are a key part of our educational programs. As the heart of our centre, meal planning, preparation and service forms a major part of our quality of care, and your child’s daily routine at Cherry Bridge Station.
With no need to outsource catering, all meals are made freshly on the premises in our fully equipped kitchen. Quality ingredients include lean meats and chicken, fresh vegetables and fruits with a minimal amount of processed or frozen foods.
Fresh drinking water is always available, and milk is served at various times throughout the day. Our cooks hold qualifications in Nutrition and Menu Planning and Safe Food Handling. Allergy management is a top priority and all educators are trained in managing anaphylaxis. We take care to monitor and cater to special dietary needs and requirements, so that you know your child’s dietary requirements are a priority of care.
Cherry Bridge Station centres are nut-free zones. Meals include breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late afternoon snack. These meals are designed to meet 70% of your child’s total daily nutritional needs. You can see daily menus on the Cherry Bridge Station app, which also records how much food your child eats each day.
We believe that Early Childcare practitioners and educators need to be passionate about what they do. Our exceptional staff work with us because we know that educators who care for children, as opposed to just doing a job, provide a much better quality and consistency of care.
This means your child’s daily experience at Rhodes is made up of caring professionals who want to be there, providing quality childcare, and helping our centres to lift the bar in achieving our goals.
The best thing about this framework is that the goals of Cherry Bridge Station are aligned with what our parents want.
My name is Nancy and I have worked in childcare for 7 years.
I am diploma qualified and the Nominated Supervisor at Cherry Bridge Station, Rhodes. I feel blessed to be able to lead a fantastic team of educators to scaffold children’s learning and development.
I believe families and our local communities are integral to children’s lives and learning, hence, focusing on experiences of being together enabling belonging. I believe children learn through play and are active learners, who make a significant contribution to the world.
CBS Rhodes creates a perfect environment for children to discover and develop. We promote a positive disposition for learning and engaging in play-based-education enables children to grow a sense of being and individuality.
Children develop through differing contexts, which stem from the places in which they live and learn.
This is the core of self-discovery and is central to growing and becoming. I endeavour to inspire children in early education, allowing them the opportunity to lay solid foundations for their future.
Multi-lingual staff with 21 languages
Community, diversity, strong cultural identity and inclusion are all part of being at Cherry Bridge Station. All kinds of communities are part of the everyday experience at Rhodes, and this supports every child’s learning and growing journey.
Our educators are bilingual and come from a range of cultural backgrounds and are familiar with different kinds of family structure – because everybody’s family is different! Most importantly, we walk the talk by incorporating these values into all of our educational programs.
At Cherry Bridge Station Rhodes, our garden grows with veggies, herbs, flowers and edible plants.
We take every opportunity to involve children in the experience of watering, growing and harvesting produce from the garden. Our kitchen scraps go into feeding the worm farm, which fertilises our plants.
We find that children just love to spend time in the garden, picking edible plants for the kitchen and watching things grow. Everyone has a special part to play in our little community garden.
We know that as parents, you are keen to know all about your child’s experiences throughout the day. The Cherry Bridge Station App, enables parents and carers to access real-time notifications about your child’s daily eating, sleeping and play routines, every day. You know your child is in the best possible care, with the option to access and receive relevant notes and images throughout the care session, so that you don’t miss a thing.
With the Cherry Bridge Station App, you know that the interactions, experiences and environments your child encounters meet and exceed established best practice guidelines for Child Care in Rhodes. Behind the scenes, our educators and carers develop programs, play experiences and health and nutrition for your child that also incorporate current research and early childhood studies for delivering optimum quality of care.
Follow your child’s day, monitor their routine, get real-time notifications, or just rest assured that you can check in any time you like, for updates, messages and news.