About Cuddly Bear Templestowe Early Learning Centre

Cuddly Bear Templestowe Early Learning Centre is a privately owned and operated long day care centre and Government Funded Kindergarten. We provide care and education for children aged from 6 weeks old to 6 years. Our centre is open weekdays between the hours of 7.00am and 6.30pm except public holidays.

We have highly qualified, experienced, and trained educators.  Our program extends on the principles and practices of Australia’s National Curriculum Framework for Early Childhood Education: EYLF (Early Years Learning Framework).  Our educational programs cultivate self-esteem, encourages independence and creativity, and initiates respect for self and others. We teach cooperation and encourage the love of learning and the expression of curiosity.

Cuddly Bear Templestowe Early Learning Centre offers a high quality School readiness program provided by a Bachelor trained Kindergarten Teacher.

Cuddly Bear Templestowe Early Learning Centre is a 55 place centre: 

  • 15 children in (4 year old) Funded Kindergarten Room
  • 15 in Pre-Kinder Program (3 year old)
  • 15 children in Toddlers Room
  • 10 Children in Babies Room

We are open Monday to Friday between the hours of 7:00am and 6:30pm, 51 weeks of the year. We are closed on public holidays and for one week at Christmas time.

Cuddly Bear Templestowe Early Learning Centre is a privately owned and operated long day care centre in Templestowe, which provides care and education for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years.

Our aim is to provide an environment where families feel Cuddly Bear is their home away from home. Our friendly, dedicated long term professional educators and Pre School Teachers warmly welcome children and their families each day.

Every child has the right to positive experiences throughout their childhood.

Our philosophy is to provide a safe, happy, secure and stimulating environment for the children which encourages a positive attitude towards learning.

This will be done in a variety of ways, which enhances each individual child’s self-esteem and eagerness to learn, taking into consideration the holistic needs of the individual child.

We have an open door policy as we promote collaborative partnerships with families and the community - Families are always welcome to visit and get involved. We invite you to take a look …..

Swimming and Aquatic Education Classes

Children enrolled at Cuddly Bear Templestowe are offered weekly swimming classes at the indoor heated, swimming centre – Westerfold Swim Centre during your child’s attendance. This program saves families time, it frees up your weekend and takes pressure of families to take part in extra curriculum programs.

This program is an excursion, families are asked to complete excursion forms, Cuddly Bear Templestowe completes a detailed risk assessment which can be accessed at any time.

When your child is 3yrs or over and is fully toilet trained, you can enrol them to have weekly 30 minute swimming classes during the day they attend Cuddly Bear.

The preschool classes are all about water confidence and then gaining the subsequent skills to move independently and most importantly, confidently through the water. The friendly, qualified teachers use flotation intermittently throughout the class to assist the kids in this process. Jumping in, dog paddling, facial submersion, blowing bubbles and back floats are what the teachers are looking to see before they start teaching the four main swimming strokes.

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    • Long Day Care
    • $124 /day
    • for ages 6wks to 6yrs
    • Fee includes: Education & Developmental Programs, hey dee ho music classes, Meals Provided.
    • Pre-school
    • $124 /day
    • for ages 3yrs to 6yrs

Use our Child Care Subsidy Calculator to learn how much government support your family may be eligible for.


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Educational Program and Practice Meeting National Quality Standard
Children's Health and Safety Meeting National Quality Standard
Physical environment Meeting National Quality Standard
Staffing Arrangements Meeting National Quality Standard
Relationships with children Meeting National Quality Standard
Collaborative partnerships with families and communities Meeting National Quality Standard
Governance and leadership Meeting National Quality Standard

NQS Rating last updated: 30-Sep-2020

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My two children attended Cuddly Bear, and i could not be happier with the service, my youngest daughter Mia would come home each day and ask when she was going back. Thank you for always helping my child in the morning, settle into the day, i didnt have to worry each day as i drove off as i saw my daugher waving each day at the front window. My oldest daughter loved her kinder years at Cuddly Bear, i wish i moved into the area when she was younger, my fridge is always full of paintings and art she brings home. Thank you to Mel, the chef you always get my Mia to eat veggies i dont know how to do it. To Bec, Pas and Jenna - A huge thank you! A team full of beautiful girls, that you can tell love their jobs. Sal Henderson

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