OUR STORY

A LITTLE ABOUT US

At Mirabelle, we plant the seeds that will grow into a love of learning.

From the moment you walk through our doors, you’ll feel there’s something different about our Centre. It’s welcoming – it’s nurturing – and it’s designed to enrich the life of your child, and your whole family.

Every day will be memorable at Mirabelle. That’s because our team of educators are dedicated to making learning fun – ensuring your child’s educational, social, and emotional development.

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“A learning environment that evokes an emotive response, we encourage, creativity, innovation and exploration. At Mirabelle we see Children as strong, capable and resilient people, with the capacity for complex thinking and unique perspectives.”

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Sheree Hunstone
Managing Director

  • "We couldn’t have dreamt of a more perfect early learning experience and leaving Mirabelle has honestly been the hardest part of our decision to move. Special shout out to the whole ownership team for creating a very very special place. I can’t imagine the hours, months and years of dedication that has taken... thank you for creating Mirabelle!  I can confidently give parent feedback that all the educators are amazing and have made a huge difference to our lives, especially Tully (but also mine)! The incredible activities organised for the kids always surpassed what I ever would have expected and Tully’s love of school just speaks to the fun and sense of safety she felt in your care!"

    Ellie Mackay Tully's Mum
  • "I really just have to express my gratitude for everything Mirabelle has done for our family. I don’t even really have words to express how grateful we are and how much we appreciate everything and everyone on our Mirabelle journey. When my boys started at Mirabelle they were 4 years old and we had tried, unsuccessfully, to put them in care elsewhere previously.  At Mirabelle, the owners and educators went beyond to support our family, as my boys couldn't speak English at the time. Mirabelle even got an educator that could speak Portuguese to help the transition go smoothly. They were so respectful and understanding about the boys' struggles and helped us as parents to navigate this very fragile time. Without Mirabelle, nothing that is happening in the boys' and our life would even be possible! You guys are a very important part of our history. Thank you so much!!!"

    Christiane Pinto Noa and Kai's Mum
  • "A fantastic year indeed! It's hard to believe I walked in at the start of the year feeling teary and torn to pass over my beautiful girls. It took only a few days to settle in and from then on, they have just grown and blossomed every day. Bonnie and Mabel both run from the car to get in the door each morning. Mabel carries her own bag and Bonnie pulls at the gate with excitement. We feel so incredibly lucky to have found somewhere where our girls feel so safe, so valued and so loved. We are constantly blown away by the wonderful learning Mabel shares with us and are filled with joy seeing Bonnie playing and sharing and making friends. It feels like Mirabelle has been part of our family forever. The greatest thank you to you all!"

    Julia Morgan Bonnie and Mabel's Mum
  • "It's with happiness and sadness all at once giving notice. I'm really happy for Ili and Toddy to make the most of some special adventures before Big School kicks in, but sadness because we have absolutely adored being part of the Mirabelle community and will miss you all. You have played such a big part in Ilija's life and have set him up so well for his next steps."

    Olivia Bakarich Ilija's Mum
  • "Mirabelle represents all the values we feel as a family set children up for the modern world; holistic, play-based learning, gentle and conscious discipline delivered in a compassionate way by incredibly caring educators. Wholesome food, nature based toys and learning. Stimulating these little brains to embrace their individual curiosity about the world... the list goes on. Our daughter has attended for 2.5 years now and her growth and development is a co-creation with us and the Mirabelle team. She loves going to Mirabelle and has made such special and significant relationships with her friends and a variety of educators along the way. We have been embraced by the whole team; educators, admin and management team. We will look back fondly at these foundation stages and the warm welcome we have received."

    Kate Vandermeer Luna's Mum
  • "My son has been at Mirabelle since the day they opened their doors, all the way from the mini toddler room, to the pre-school room. We love the warm, supportive environment, the way nature is so integrated into their play indoors and out, and the lovely outdoor play area. The teachers in every room have become such a special part of my kids’ development."

    Leilani Kinnane River's Mum

LOCALLY OWNED

We are proud to be locally owned by individuals who are active and engaged members of the Bangalow community. Our boutique centre has been an absolute passion project and has become a truly bespoke brainchild of those behind the scenes. Our centre is fortunate to stand independently, outside of limiting big-corporate parameters. We have had the luxury of building business from scratch, doing things our way, true to our values, and with your child’s best interest at heart.


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ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS SPACE

A strong belief about the importance of sustainable practices and looking after our natural environment is a central pillar of our ethos at Mirabelle. We are certain that the future generation hold enormous power and potential to do great things in this this space, if given proper guidance and encouragement with these conscious practices incorporated into everyday life.

Our centre is filled with natural, eco-friendly materials and educational resources, as we’ve made a genuine effort to purchase plastic free and from as many Australian producers and distributors as possible. We reserve food scraps for our compost, worm farm, and happy chooks, and aim to have a minimal impact on our stunning natural environment.


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THE GARDENS

Our outdoor haven is comprised a mini orchard of fruit trees and a functional veggie patch. From this space, the littles are able to learn about sustainability and experience first-hand the cyclical nature of tending to a personal, food-producing garden. We regularly incorporate compost from our kitchen and involve the children in planting new seeds, providing TLC to the plant babies, and reaping produce when ripe. While our veggie patch serves as an onsite window into how the farm to fork movement looks in practice, we actually source more substantial harvests for some meals at the centre from a local plot of land planted to mirror what’s being grown at the centre.


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CREATIVELY CURATED ENVIRONMENT

Our space has been thoughtfully designed to maximise your child’s creative capability and sense of wonder throughout the day. No detail has been overlooked, as we’ve approached the completely custom fit-out with the intention of harnessing every square metre’s potential for encouraging play and dynamic growth. Each of our educational resources has each been hand selected with love and is composed of natural materials.


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ATELIER SPACES

Situated on each of our room’s decks are the “ateliers”, or art studios. These spaces are the heart and soul of Mirabelle’s Reggio Emilia approach to early learning. We encourage every child to express their individual way of seeing the world through the language of art.

You’ll find cupboards bursting with art materials, natural bits and pieces foraged from nature, light projectors, and beyond. Everything your child might need to express intuitive, spontaneous creative experimentation is at their fingertips in these spaces. The littles artwork is displayed with pride on the learning space walls and in Mirabelle’s entrance hall so your child knows their unique creations and ideas are valued. Educators encourage your child to talk through their artistic processes, an activity that plays a crucial role in brain development.


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OUR EDUCATORS

Our team of educators are the backbone on which the children’s daily experience hinge. Their passion for guiding children and allowing space for them to explore their powerful potential cannot be taught or measured merely with a certificate. With this in mind, we are slowly and consciously building our team as the right candidates come along. There is something magical about a space that’s safe for a child to truly express themselves and learn from their surroundings, and our educators create and hold this space for your child. Connectedness and interactions between the teacher and child is paramount to the Reggio Emilia approach.

Our educators bring about children's knowledge, rather than simply filling it in, which requires a heightened level of awareness and emotional availability, as well as the skills to be able to listen and learn from and alongside the children and their parents.


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MINDFULNESS PROGRAM

Our mindfulness program encourages the children to focus on the present moment, and in doing so, take in the full sensory experience that each moment has to offer. We see mindfulness as a tool to build self awareness, self esteem, and effective emotional regulation. We incorporate regular yoga, meditation and breathing exercises into the days here at Mirabelle.


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INDIGENOUS CONNECTIONS

We have formed a special connection with local Indigenous Elder/Artist, Mark Core, a proud Minijumbal man, who’s based in the Tweed Shire with a vision to grow the cultural competence and capacity of our First Nations people.  We are super excited to share that a strong point in our Curriculum “Horizon” will draw on Mark’s rich cultural knowledge of Storytelling and Art.

Mark is an independent artist focusing on landscapes that represent Country.  Inspired by natural materials, shapes and energy his vision absorbs our beautiful mountains, breathtaking rainforests, majestic beaches and its colourful shoreline. His work reminds us of the cultural significance of nature and seasons with a deep spiritual connection to the land.

Mark’s purpose at Mirabelle is to provide Art Workshops in each of our rooms based on the local Bundjalung language. His work will involve the children and educators to create a special meeting place where they will come together in a social context to learn language that represents the artwork and our local community.

Along with the little ones, his intention will stretch to create Storyboards with the curation of a very special Mirabelle Story. We are pleased to share that on an ongoing basis Mark will meet with our Room Leaders and create his extraordinary content to complement their lesson plans. We truly couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate and connect with our First Nations people and authentically engage our children.


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EXTRA CURRICULAR

Playball is a new slice of extra curricula we have integrated into our Horizon (curriculum) with ballstar guru, Russell Kennedy, every Monday here in our beautiful gardens at Mirabelle. This unique specialised sports coaching program for our little ones focuses on: Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Hockey, Cricket, Tennis, Netball, and Football

…and it aligns beautifully with The Early Years Learning Framework expanding on our littlie’s growth and wellbeing! These sessions with Russ are designed to not only be a big giant ball of FUN but will build on self-esteem and confidence, and socially it’s such a great way to spend quality time together interacting and building strong connections outdoors amongst nature. Think of all those fundamental skills the littlies will learn too, and there are a myriad of important learning opportunities to build on, such as gross and fine motor skills, spatial skills, finger and hand strength, hand-eye and foot-eye coordination, grasping skills, balance, teamwork, sportsmanship and the list goes on and on.

School readiness is another additional bonus and contribution to the repertoire of the Playball Program; where the children will be presented with opportunities to concentrate, listen, focus and self-regulate.  It’s also an effective way to teach about resilience because children won't always win.

The important life skills of patience, turn-taking, understanding rules and cooperation will not only make Playball fun and challenging, but an extra dose of fresh air to stimulate the immune system will get the little ones moving.  After all, plenty of outdoor time links in beautifully with healthy, strong, and happy children.


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COMMUNITY CONNECTION

We are so privileged to be part of the Bangalow Community, and our belief is that children thrive in environments that embrace what it really means to be part of such a community. We are delighted to bring your family together with others as part of a wider Mirabelle family, and create connection that embraces the beautiful diversity. There are so many variations amongst individual families enrolled with us, and we celebrate the fact that many children are coming from bilingual and multicultural homes. We are proud to utilise as many local suppliers as possible, and are excited about the establishment and nurturing of ongoing relationships with other small businesses within our area. A sense of place for a child is so far beyond a simple physical locality, and we are passionate about this contributing to a deep sentiment of belonging.


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THE 100 LANGUAGES OF CHILDREN

The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based on the premise that children have a symbolic 100 Languages and they learn and express themselves in all these forms. We view each child is a capable individual, able to communicate their unique abilities in extraordinary ways.

Children are competent, naturally curious and full of wonder and we encourage each child’s endless potential to be embraced through multiple ways of seeing and being. Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of the Reggio Approach, describes the "infinite ways that children can express, explore, and connect their thoughts, feelings and imaginings."


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