• About Explore & Develop

    Abbotsford
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    Explore & Develop Abbotsford – is proposed to be situated within a heritage listed federation house “Chatham House”.  A purpose built educational play space surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, the ideal location to encourage children’s curiosity and exploration.

    We intend to provide an Early Childhood Education and Care Service in a secure and modern environment where young children are nurtured through our nursery, toddler and preschool programs by passionate and highly-qualified educators.

    Architecturally designed and sympathetically adapted to the history of the property, children will have access to bright, nature-inspired spaces and experiences with plenty of room for growing and for inquisitive and energetic bodies to play, relax or quietly explore.

    We look forward to updating you on the progress towards Development Approval.

    Our Philosophy

    Explore & Develop Abbotsford will encourage children to imagine, explore and learn all within a nurturing and family like environment. Our program will incorporate the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and allows for a wide range of experiences that are based on the interests of the group and the individual child. The EYLF places a specific emphasis on fun, play-based learning and recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy), social and emotional development, as well as physical development and co-ordination. This will be seen in our environments, both indoor and outdoor, and will form the foundation of everything we do.

    Our educators will continuously observe the children to establish their interests, strengths and skills that require development. These observations will then be used as the basis of our weekly individualised programs for which we will encourage parents to provide their input and feedback.

    Our educational approach will incorporate contemporary educational theorists as well as best practice research and professional learning. We will combine this knowledge to best reflect our beliefs with regards to children’s education and development, as well as what we strive to implement in our practices.

    • Locally, family-owned and operated

      Susan and Robert Feltaous, parents of 2 children, will be on-site daily to manage and support our educators, families and children.

    • High-quality learning environments

      The service has been thoughtfully designed in collaboration with leading architects, landscape designers, skilled and experienced early childhood professionals to create an environment that will be nurturing and stimulating, whilst providing appropriate levels of challenge and risk, to engage the natural curiosity and developmental growth for children at every stage.

    • Strong connection with families

      We believe building, strong respectful relationships with families is key to helping children to belong.

    • All-inclusive service

      We feel that no child within our service should go without. This is why we will develop an all-inclusive offering for families. Fresh seasonal menu, formula, nappies and wipes and bedding for all age groups. A high quality educational curriculum that includes a comprehensive transition to school program.

      Also included are:

      • Additional language classes provided by a qualified language organisation
      • Music Classes by a qualified music teacher
      • Nutrition – All meals freshly cooked on premises
      • Flexibility – casual bookings and discounts
      • All incursions
  • Owner/Operator

    of Proposed New Location Explore & Develop Abbotsford
    • Susan Feltaous
    • Rob Feltaous
  • “As parents of young children, our passion is to deliver a high-quality, early learning and education service that meets our own standards for our family. ‘Is this good enough for our children?’ is the question that is asked of everything we do, here.”

  • Contact us

    Explore & Develop Abbotsford
  • Expression of Interest