• About Explore & Develop

    Freshwater
  • Explore & Develop Freshwater is set to open its doors in 2018 as part of the new Harbord Diggers development in Freshwater.

    We are conveniently located within the new Harbord Diggers development where our families and staff will have access to the clubs new fitness, hospitality and aquatic facilities.

    Our aim is to provide a welcoming home-like environment where children and families feel they belong and are part of a community.

    The educational curriculum is guided by Australia’s National Curriculum—The Early Years Learning Framework: Belonging, Being, Becoming. It is also supported by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics.

    Our qualified and experienced team of educators will ensure a play based approach to teaching and learning. Our focus is to ensure children feel a sense of BELONGING in our environments, allowing them to BE active contributors and to have their voices heard as members of our community, providing opportunities that support them in developing a healthy sense of self, while BECOMING confident in reaching their potential.

    • Family owned and operated

      Explore & Develop Freshwater is Owned and Operated by a local, Northern Beaches family. Having grown up in the Curl Curl/Freshwater area, we have been active members of the community through sports, surf lifesaving and volunteering for local respite services for children with additional needs.

    • All-inclusive offering

      We feel that no child within our service should go without. This is why we have developed an all-inclusive offering for families. Fresh seasonal menu, formula and bottles, nappies and wipes and bedding for all age groups. A high quality educational curriculum that includes a transition to school program and an excursion/incursion program will be provided by the service.

    • High-quality learning environments

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

    • Sector experience

      With over 16 years’ experience within the Early Childhood Education and Care sector, and a mother to three children of her own, Owner-Operator, Sally, truly understands the needs of families whilst supporting our staff and educators in providing the highest level of education and care for children throughout their early years.

    • Part of the community

      As this is a new service, we are at the beginning of establishing our family and community partnerships. An integral part of our philosophy is the development of partnerships within our local and wider community and it is our ongoing aim to support children and their families in developing relationships, connections and a real sense of belonging to their community.

    • Harbord Diggers Facilities

      The new Harbord Diggers development has been designed to fit the needs of a new community. Along with the development of Explore & Develop Freshwater, is a new state-of-the-art club, which features a fitness and aquatic centre, a new hospitality precinct, and enhanced member services.

  • Owner/Operator

    of Explore & Develop Freshwater
    • Sally

      With over 15 years’ experience within the Early Childhood education and care sector, and a mother of three young children, Sally is a highly skilled, experienced and passionate Early Childhood educator.

      Having volunteered with local respite and international communities, Sally has seen firsthand the impact of positive teachings and environments that nurture each child’s sense of self.

      Over the years this local northern beaches family have been actively involved within the local sporting and SLSC community. Building these connections and partnerships within our community is important to us as it supports and enhances children’s learning and understanding of the world around us. Our aim is to have an active presence in our local community so as to strengthen partnerships and meet the needs of our families, children and our team of staff and educators.

    • “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 Freshwater
  • Nursery Room

    8 children, 6 weeks – 12 months
    • All nutritional meals, bottles, formula, nappies, linen and sunscreen provided
    • Breastfeeding room available for nursing mothers
    • Dedicated cot room for nursery children
    • Personalised and developmentally-appropriate curriculum designed by our qualified and experienced Early Childhood educators
    • Supportive partnerships to develop nurturing routines that are reflective of home
    • Qualified and experienced Early Childhood educators
    • Architecturally designed indoor and outdoor learning environments
    • Secure online learning portal for families to access daily learning experiences, developmental observations and individual learning assessments
  • Infant Room

    12 children, 12 months – 2 years
    • All nutritional meals, bottles, formula, nappies, linen, and sunscreen provided
    • Breastfeeding room available for nursing mothers
    • Dedicated cot room for infant children
    • Personalised and developmentally-appropriate curriculum designed by our qualified and experienced Early Childhood educators
    • Supportive partnerships to assist families as children transition into new routines and develop growing independence
    • Architecturally designed indoor  and outdoor learning environments
    • Secure online learning portal for families to access daily learning experiences, developmental observations and individual learning assessments
  • Toddler Rooms

    15 children, 2 years – 3 years
    • All nutritional meals, bottles, formula, nappies, linen, and sunscreen provided
    • Breastfeeding room available for nursing mothers
    • Personalised and developmentally-appropriate curriculum designed by our qualified and experienced Early Childhood educators
    • Partnerships with families to support our toddlers’ growing autonomy, through nurturing the development of self-help skills, assisting the navigation of problem solving, and their increasing levels of communication
    • Architecturally designed indoor and outdoor learning environments
    • Secure online learning portal for families to access daily learning experiences, developmental observations and individual learning assessments
  • Junior Preschool Room

    20 children, 3 years – 4 years
    • All nutritional meals, linen, and sunscreen provided
    • Personalised and developmentally-appropriate curriculum designed by our qualified and experienced Early Childhood educators
    • Partnerships with families to support our junior preschoolers in preparing for their transition to primary school
    • Architecturally designed indoor and outdoor learning environments
    • Secure online learning portal for families to access daily learning experiences, developmental observations and individual learning assessments
  • Senior Preschool Room

    20 children, 4 years – 5+ years
    • All nutritional meals, linen, and sunscreen provided
    • Personalised and developmentally-appropriate curriculum designed by our qualified and experienced Early Childhood educators
    • Partnerships with families to support our senior preschoolers in preparation for their transition to primary school
    • Architecturally designed indoor and outdoor learning environments
    • Secure online learning portal for families to access daily learning experiences, developmental observations and individual learning assessments
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    Explore & Develop Freshwater
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