• About us

    We offer caring and nurturing environments to accommodate the needs of infants through to preschool-aged children.

    We believe that children develop at their own rate and in their own time. This is why we offer daily programs that reflect a calm, relaxed and unrushed environment for growing and learning.

    We help children reach their full potential by providing enriching, meaningful and real opportunities for learning and development through emergent educational programs.

    We believe that children learn as they explore, discover, make, create and imagine. We value constructive play as a tool for learning through our natural environments.

    We celebrate our differences through acknowledgement and acceptance of diversity within our community. We value the insights and traditions that can be shared, respected, and appreciated within our service.

    We welcome and value each family and their contribution. Embedded in our culture is the notion that families are a part of our service and are invited to make contributions to all aspects of its operation.

    We believe that it is important to encourage children to be lifelong learners. As children prepare for their transition to school, Explore & Develop offers specialised programs to support their developing confidence, life skills and abilities.

  • Our Assurance

    Owner-Operator

    All Explore & Develop services are individually owned and operated by committed franchise owners who have been carefully selected because of their dedication, skills and passion for ensuring that every child gets a great start in life. Our families enjoy being able to communicate directly with the owner and the assurance that they are present to manage the service.

    Experienced & Qualified Educators

    We value the commitment and professionalism of our teams by recognising their experience and contribution in all aspects of our service, and we appreciate that their dedication is an integral part of our successes.   We ensure that our educators have many ongoing professional development opportunities in order to constantly develop their teaching skills.

    Partnerships with Children, Families & Our Communities

    Explore & Develop recognises that families are their child’s first and most influential teachers. We are committed to building genuine partnerships with all families, where relationships are respectful, reciprocal, and central to ensuring continuity in care and progression in the learning and development of each child as an individual.

    We are proud to be a charity partner with Barnardos Australia, which is one of the leading child protection charities in Australia caring for vulnerable children.  The range of services that Barnardos offer include family and domestic violence support, mental health support, emergency accommodation, parent education, counselling, foster care and adoption.

    To learn more about Barnados Australian, visit their website.

  • Our Senior Management Team

    Jenny Mays
    Founder & Executive Chair

    As co-founder of the Explore & Develop business, Jenny and her husband, Stephen, developed the first of the Explore & Develop Early Childhood Education and Care Services in Frenchs Forest which was established in 2005. Prior to this, their Early Childhood journey started in 2000 when they purchased an established preschool in Manly.

    Early Childhood was a career change for Jenny, whose previous experience involved over 15 years in Human Resources. With a business so focused on human relations with children, employees, and families, Jenny’s career in HR has assisted her, as she manages some of the most significant issues and challenges in early childhood education and care today.

    Alan Grant
    Founder & Non-Executive Director

    Alan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Explore & Develop. Before co-founding Explore & Develop, Alan previously held the position of CEO of KFC New Zealand. He later founded Lollipop’s Playland Group (Australia and New Zealand), and more recently, co-founded Lollipop’s Educare in New Zealand.

    As a non-executive director, Alan combines his franchise, commercial leasing, and previous childcare management experience, to offer superior advice to the Explore & Develop business today.

    Belinda Ludlow
    Chief Executive Officer

    Belinda started her journey with Explore & Develop as a commercial operations manager in 2012 and has recently moved into the position of CEO. Belinda lives and breathes the Explore & Develop culture as a customer (her daughter attended one of our services), and as co-franchise owner with her husband, Paul, the director of our Castlereagh Street service.

    She brings extensive management, franchising, and operational experience to the role, with a passion to strive for the very best outcomes for all stakeholders.

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