• About Explore & Develop

    Frenchs Forest
  • Explore & Develop Frenchs Forest is conveniently located within one of the premiere Northern Beaches business hubs, yet boasts a stunning green outlook with our close proximity to a natural bushland setting. This beautiful bushland plays a central role in our curriculum as we view children as global citizens who are responsible for the care and conservation of our natural world.

    Our appointed Educational Leader drives an experienced teaching team in designing and implementing a curriculum that is unique and relevant to the children in our setting. With a strong dedication to professional development, our team is committed to staying abreast of the latest research and theories around Early Childhood Education.  Together with our combined years of professional experience in the sector and guided by the National Curriculum document, The Early Years Learning Framework, our educators write educational programmes that lay the foundations for lifelong learning. We are passionate about creating captivating experiences and learning spaces in which literacy, numeracy, science, physical and emotional well-being, and social development are promoted. Our digital documentation portal allows educators to reflect upon, assess, and plan the learning of individual children in our care, and invites families to be a part of this process.

    • Established in 2005

      Servicing the needs of the Northern Beaches community since 2005

    • Privately owned

      As the owners of Explore & Develop Frenchs Forest, Cherie Cash and Jenny Mays are always on-site to greet you. With a combined total of 34 years of experience in the Early Childhood sector, they continue to manage the service with passion and a personal approach to the needs of each child and family.

    • Nestled in a bushland setting combining indoor and outdoor learning.

      Explore & Develop Frenchs Forest offers the convenience of a local service nestled in the bush setting where bush turkeys, rabbits and lizards are our daily visitors. We also have dedicated library, art space, vegetable garden, outdoor eating and barbeque area.

    • Experienced teaching staff

      Our teaching team, who lead the curriculum at our service, hold either a Bachelor of Education or Diploma in Early Childhood with several of the team boasting more than eight years’ service with us.

    • Nutrition taken seriously

      Our on-site chef creates nutritionally balanced meals, cooked fresh every day. This way we not only can offer freshly cooked meals, but we also provide more than the recommended daily intake in all food groups.

    • Exceeding National Standards

      An ‘Exceeding National Standards’ rating means we have been assessed as a service provider with practices that exceed the national standards as defined by the Department of Education.

  • Owner/Operator

    of Explore & Develop Frenchs Forest
    • Cherie & Jenny

      “As the Approved Providers of Explore & Develop Frenchs Forest, we are able to support a team of educators to deliver the best outcomes for children.We ensure that if a family shares their baby, toddler or preschooler with us that we will provide a caring yet stimulating environment that is age appropriate and will benefit their child. Our philosophy is that each child is an individual and we should treat their needs as individual. Both families and the community play an integral and crucial role in child’s development and learning. We believe in building open, honest and authentic relationships with families, staff and children, where everyone has a voice.”

      Cherie Cash and Jenny Mays collectively have over 34 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education and have operated Explore & Develop Frenchs Forest since 2005.

    • “Explore & Develop in Frenchs Forest provides exceptional nurturing, care and education for my children. The dedication of the Educators is unparalleled, team members even outside my children’s classrooms know their names and interests. It’s been an environment in which passions and interests are encouraged, and challenges are patiently worked through. Explore & Develop have created an environment in which they are part of the team championing your child’s development”. Julia, mother of 2 E&D kids.

      Julia Olivares
    • Three of my four children have attended Explore & Develop, Frenchs Forest over a period spanning 7 years. Jenny and Cherie are the most dedicated and delightful Centre Directors and I cannot speak highly enough of the staff members in each and every room who are always happy, warm and nurturing educators. In my experience, the Educators have always placed my children’s needs at the forefront of their care provision and are always ready to provide feedback on a daily basis.
      The ability to access the Kinderloop app from my phone on a daily basis allows me to see what my children are experiencing and reassures me that they are having a wonderful time at Kindy.
      The meals that are provided seem to go down better with my children than my own home cooked foods and I would highly recommend Explore & Develop Frenchs Forest to anyone considering Long Day Care for their child/children.

      Carol-Anne Willis
    • The Explore & Develop Frenchs Forest team have looked after and nurtured our daughter for several years. There are a number of standout staff members who have had a particularly beautiful impact on her with a really lovely mixture of cuddles and playful learning.

      Katrina & Simon
    • Our family have been involved with Explore & Develop Frenchs Forest with our two children for the last 9 years, our boys have made so many enriched relationships through their time here and they still continue to blossom those relationships.
      The kids have always enjoyed going along to learn, discover and develop within themselves and feel nurtured and cared for. It’s a hard decision when choosing a daycare, although when your child willingly wants to go, it’s a true reflection of the staff and their abilities.
      The staff are approachable, adaptable and true professionals and they genuinely want to know about your children and in return they develop their days to include them in interesting engaging activities that they enjoy.

      Deb Elliott
    • All three of our children have attended Explore & Develop Frenchs Forest, they have all been welcomed and nurtured during their time here, making it very easy for them to settle into the early childhood setting and feel comfortable with their carers and peers.
      Most of the educators at the service have been there for many years and have developed an educational curriculum which shows their experience and commitment to the children in their care.
      My eldest has started his first year of primary education this year and has been well prepared, both socially and academically for the transition to school.
      We would highly recommend Explore & Develop Frenchs Forest to anyone who is considering enrolling their children here.

      Sally & Ben Liebke
    • We cannot recommend Explore & Develop Frenchs Forest enough, our son Oscar has been at the centre for the past 3 years and we have experienced outstanding care, support and love.
      The educators have all been wonderful with Oscar and the centre has a warm, family feel. It is great to be at a centre where the owners are present, Jenny and Cherie genuinely care about the children, provide support to the educators and always have time for a chat – we have required additional support and they are always there to accommodate any requirements and lend an ear or give advice.
      The centre has a great community spirit, they have fun events and special days and continually look at ways to innovate. We have met beautiful families and made lifelong friends. Oscar generally wants to stay when we pick him up, it is not unusual to gather outside after pick up with the other mum/dads and the kids continue to play and laugh.
      We are sad to be leaving and will absolutely stay in touch.

      Amanda Glossop
  • Learning Environments

    Explore & Develop Frenchs Forest
  • Joey Room

    0 – 15 monts

    Our Joey Room (0-15mths) offers a large playspace with a ratio of 1-3 Educator-child ratio. We also offer a gross motor room and an outdoor playspace. With 3 playspaces for your child you will be amazed at how varied your child’s day can be.

    We understand that when you start your Early Childhood journey that it is our role to provide an environment that offers high quality care and gives you the ultimate comfort for your child.

  • Bilby Room

    15 – 24 monts

    Our Bilby Room (15-24mths) caters to the curiosity of a developing infant though to their toddler stage. With the comfort of a home away from home environment, we ensure your child is stimulated whilst walking through the developmental milestones that are so key for this age group.

    Our Bilby Room has three playspaces offering variety and allows us to structure small group experiences throughout the day. We also have a sleep room that allows us to follow your routine when it comes to rest.

  • 2 – 3 years

    We appreciate the active needs of a young child, so as a Koala or Wombat at our Service we offer smaller classrooms. These group sizes allow us to achieve a high level of interaction between teacher and child.

    We expect 2-3 year olds to be experimenting all the time. Our learning environment offers age appropriate experiences where movement, cognitive development and imagination are all considered in our curriculum planning. Small group experiences are part of our day so we can start appreciating what working alongside our friends feels like.

  • Junior Preschool

    3 – 4 years

    Preschool is a key stage of development. When your child reaches our preschool classrooms a “transition to school” approach is incorporated into our play based curriculum.

    As a Junior Pre-schooler children’s social skills are starting to take form and they are starting to appreciate their peers and what they contribute to the world. The activities that your children participates in includes all the areas required by the Early Years Learning Framework.

    Equally the ability to take responsibility for their routine, their belongings and the structure of the day fosters independence and personal growth.

  • Senior Preschool

    4 – 5 years

    As a senior pre-schooler, the final year before moving to Kindergarten, your child is now demonstrating their ability to explore concepts, follow teacher lead activities and contribute to their curriculum.

    The foundations for class learning has been laid in the Junior Preschool and we now increase our expectations of the outcomes your child can achieve.

    Elements of the curriculum (Early Years Learning Framework) will now extend cognitive learning, fine motor & gross motor skills, social & emotional interactions alongside numeracy and STEM concepts.

    As an Explore & Develop graduate, your child will be school ready and the transition to a formal school environment will be less stressful for you and them.

    This planning makes sure your child is ready for their next step in their learning life – Big School.

  • Outdoor environment

    We feel privileged to be nestled amongst a beautiful bushland setting.  Each day we are able to climb, run, explore and be physically challenged.

    We can often see rabbits, bush turkeys & blue tongue lizards wandering by whilst we tend to our working garden that is tended to by the children.

    Our close connection to the natural world helps our children understand and respect our responsibilities in working towards its sustainable future.

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