• About Explore & Develop

    Narraweena
  • Here, at Explore & Develop Narraweena we view our relationships with our children and their families as the foundation for our curriculum. We incorporate their voices into our program as we strive to empower and foster autonomy within the children in our care.

    Through ongoing professional development, our educators ensure that their practices and approach to early childhood delivers a high standard of education and care and reflects both theoretical and current perspectives. In conjunction with this, we are guided by The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) which encompasses the three aspects of belonging, being and becoming.

    We adopt a holistic view of children which enables them to grow across all areas of development. We prepare children for a life beyond these walls and foster both curiosity and independence as we aim for our children to leave our service as confident and involved learners. There is a focus on natural environments both indoors and out which promotes our children to develop both a love of and affinity with the natural world.

    • Owner-Operators leading experienced educators

      Our education and care service is owned and operated by Amanda Mossel and Sabrina Bombara, two locally known Early Childhood professionals with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. They lead their team with a hands-on approach.

    • Dedicated and professional educators

      Our educators are motivated and dedicated to providing the highest quality care and education to children and families in our community.

    • Our educational space

      The learning environments within our space our carefully thought out and created to enable them to be the third teacher. These environments are reflective of the individual children within that space and promote the development of confident and involved learners.

    • Established natural outdoor environment

      We are fortunate to have a large natural outdoor environment enabling our children to have access to and make connections with the natural world. We encourage our children to extend and challenge their physical skills through careful and considered risk taking.

    • Partnerships with families

      We view families as the first and most influential people in their children’s lives and therefore strive to collaborate and work in partnership with them.
      With an open door policy, we encourage parents to engage in experiences within the service and foster a sense of connection and belonging.

    • Partnership with the school

      We are situated on the grounds of Narraweena Public School and operate as part of their wider community. Through the community garden, visits to the classroom and participation in school events, our children become familiar with and comfortable in a school environment.

  • Owner/Operator

    of Explore & Develop Narraweena
    • Sabrina Bombara and Amanda Mossel

      Sabrina Bombara and Amanda Mossel are dedicated, professional and qualified Early Childhood educators who have strong connections to the community. Their commitment to delivering a high quality service is evident as they remain on site daily to offer leadership through their hands on approach. They consider the Rights of the Child in their approach to Early Childhood care, and create a service which is inclusive of all children. They believe that all children have the right to be heard, the right to feel safe and the right to high-quality education and care.

    • What a pleasure, what a blessing. To know that every day I walk in there my child has an abundance of interesting, stimulating activities to feed their little minds.
      I have worked in early intervention for many years and I know that this level of early education is hard to find. The level of programming and thought that goes into each of the classrooms is a testament to the quality of teachers here.
      The days are long, and the job can be thankless…..but trust me…The kids will remember the kindness you have shown them, your genuine interest in their long winded stories, and the lightbulb moments you have shared with them. I know this because they share their day with us, and they talk about you with our family and friends.
      This environment is setting them up for what adults they will become and what type of learners they will be.

      Amber Monk
      parent
    • From Day 1 in the Kanga’s room, we have been welcomed with a smile!! The educators in the room have created such a warm and inviting atmosphere, so nice that my shy, quiet, reserved little man has fallen in love with kindy!!
      I cannot thank you enough for making my son’s transition into kindy such a happy and exciting one!! He feels so safe and secure in your care, and for that, I am eternally grateful!!! His learning journey has only just begun, and you have laid the groundwork to help him see that a “learning environment” is a positive place to be.

      Bree Matthews
    • I’d like to commend Amanda and Sabrina for the environment, passion and positive morale you create within the centre on a whole. Your dedication and enthusiasm flows through to the staff and therefore onto the kids. Happy kids creates happy parents.

      Krista Gardner
    • Thank you to all the wonderful educators at Explore & Develop. Everyone is just so caring and I’m so lucky to have the kids treated like family. I really appreciate all the hard work the educators do preparing activities and teaching our little ones.
      When the educators are happy the kids are happy and the environment at Explore & Develop certainly shows this.

      Katie McCormack
    • Narraweena Public School is proud of its strong partnership and association with Explore and Develop Narraweena. We invite the pre-schoolers to many of our performances and school activities and encourage their participation, including Easter Hat and Book Week Parades and dance performances. We have built a vegetable garden together and work collaboratively in growing and maintaining the variety of vegetables that it produces. Many of our children attend before and after school care and holiday program activities. All of these are extremely popular and well-organised and offer a variety of engaging activities for the children that attend. Narraweena Public School will continue to support and work jointly with Explore & Develop Narraweena and enjoy its successes within our community.

      Sally Bell
    • I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Explore & Develop Narraweena.
      I have had 2 children attend the centre (with my youngest child still attending). Both my children can be very shy and clingy but all the educators in the various rooms they have been in have no hesitation in comforting them so that I can leave knowing they aren’t in distress.
      The rooms are always clean and tidy with a huge variety of activities to let their creative minds develop. The outdoor area has to be the largest I have seen in a daycare centre and my children love playing out in the large open space. There are plenty of opportunities outside for fun play, exploration and creative play.
      The educators and directors (Sabrina & Amanda) are genuinely interested in my childs emotional wellbeing and development. They are qualified , caring and always available if needed.
      The meals provided are nutricious with a great variety in the menu. The meals always smell amazing and is a godsend with fussy eaters who always seem to want to eat whatever is provided.
      It is extremely reassuring to know that my children are in a safe, nurturing environment where they will continue to develop and learn.

      Susan Alagich
  • Learning Environments

    Explore & Develop Narraweena
  • 0 – 2 years

    In our 0 – 1 and our 1 – 2-year old environments, we foster a strong sense of connection and belonging as we focus on building secure and trusting relationships with our children. With high educator-to-child ratios, we can provide a flexible routine to cater for the individual and ever-changing needs of the young children in our care.

    With a focus on independence and autonomy, we view our children as capable and competent little people. We constantly offer opportunities for children to extend their skills and knowledge, in meaningful context and based on the world in which they live. Connections with nature and sensory experiences, feature in our program on a daily basis to provide children with the opportunity to make meaning using all of their sensory capabilities.

  • 2 – 3 years

    In the toddlers’ room, we acknowledge their very strong sense of autonomy and we endeavour to foster this at every opportunity. As we support independence we not only build their self-help skills, but also enable them to develop a strong sense of self.

    With their developing imagination and growing curiosity we seek opportunities to feed their inquisitive minds. In both the indoor and outdoor environments we offer an array of experiences that cater for the many different languages and learning styles of the children within this space.

  • 3 – 5 years

    Our preschool environments offer challenge and promote children to extend their own interests, skills and abilities. Through supportive educators and stimulating environments, children within these rooms engage in hands on exploration and considered risk-taking. We believe that this supports dispositions for learning and will, in turn, create confident and involved learners who are able to resource their own learning.

    Our ‘Transition to School’ program begins from birth as we support all areas of development and prepare children not only for school, but for life beyond it. Literacy and numeracy is embedded into everything that we do. This allows it to occur in meaningful contexts, which are more readily absorbed.

  • Outdoor environment

    We are fortunate to have an abundance of space in our large natural outdoor environments. We call it our ‘Adventure Playground’ as it offers the children the right balance of risk and adventure. It affords the opportunity for children to run, climb, jump, explore and experiment.

    We encourage children to develop a love for and affinity towards nature as they engage in the outdoor environments. Children learn best through hands on experiences and this is achieved through the many sensory experiences we offer, including our mud kitchen which features in our outdoor spaces.

    We have both a community garden with the school as well as a worm farm and vegetable garden within our own outdoor space. This allows children to develop positive attitudes towards food as they connect to the process from the earth to the table.

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