• About Explore & Develop

    Waitara
  • Explore & Develop Waitara implements a play-based curriculum based on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).

    This curriculum sees our educators regularly observing the children to establish their interests, strengths, and skills. These observations are then used within our online documenting system (Kinderloop) as the basis of our weekly program. Kinderloop is accessible to families via an app to allow them to participate in their child’s learning at the service.

    Our weekly program allows for a range of experiences that are based on the interests of the group, with an emphasis on play-based learning recognizing the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) social and emotional development, as well as physical development and coordination. This can be seen in all our environments, both inside and outside.

    We also incorporate a “Transition to School” program into our long day care service. This program is designed to develop the necessary social and emotional skills within the children to allow them to function independently when they commence school. We do this through play-based learning experiences focusing on self-help skills, extending children’s ability to participate in structured small group experiences and supporting the development of early language, literacy and numeracy skills.

    • Privately owned and operated

      Explore & Develop Waitara is a purpose built Early Childhood Education and Care service that is privately owned and operated by Jo Iles, an Early Childhood professional, who is also a mum.

    • Experienced teams of educators

      Our experienced teams of educators hold Certificate III, Diploma, or Bachelor Degrees in Early Childhood Education. They also undergo Working with Children Checks, have current First Aid training and regularly participate in ongoing professional development.

    • Exceeding national quality standards

      Our service has been assessed and rated against the seven Quality Areas of the National Quality Standard, and the Education and Care Services National Regulations. It was rated Exceeding National Quality Standard in March 2013.

    • Indoor learning environments

      Our indoor learning environments are divided into five generous, well-resourced rooms to ensure that each age group is catered for across the 0 to five year age range

    • Outdoor learning environments

      Our outdoor learning environment is divided into two separate areas to cater for the 0 to two, and two to five year age groups, providing a mix of shaded and sunny spaces, featuring established gardens.

    • Nutritional meals provided

      Our service prepares all its meals daily onsite using fresh ingredients to ensure that a minimum of 50% of a child’s recommended daily intake of all nutrients is provided for each day in care.

  • Owner/Operator

    of Explore & Develop Waitara
    • Jo Iles

      Jo Iles began operating this service in June, 2009. She holds a Diploma of Children’s Services and she has been educating children since 1994. She believes that children have the right to be educated in a stimulating environment that provides opportunities for lots of play-based learning. Collaboration between families and educators bridge the gap between home and the service, to ensure that children receive consistent care. Children then develop a strong sense of self, and feel confident and secure to reach their full potential as they leave the service for further education.

    • Thank you and the staff of the center for the great year we spent together.

      From loads of drawing, craft that kids have done, songs they’ve learnt and the good moods they always have, I can see that the amount of work done is incredible. My children are very proud to show their little masterpieces. Every day they mention you guys, as if you are the members of our family. Thank you very much!

      Kate
    • We appreciate all your love and kindness shown all year long. We will miss you all, but we will not forget you. You each will be a treasure put in our memory chest!.
      Thanks for the great job you do, each and every day! My son will miss all of you. I’m sure his memories will last a long time. Keep up the good work.

      Vanitha
    • This is just a brief note to say thank you for providing such a wonderful child care centre. Your entire staff are absolutely wonderful and I feel confidant and comfortable coming to work on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, knowing that our daughter is well cared for. We were hesitant moving her from the previous centre as she seemed quite settled. I’m very pleased we made the move.

      Patrice
    • Our son has clearly settled in and is really enjoying the learning and atmosphere and we are really pleased with the educators and the overall service.

      Alison & Dave
    • Thanks again to all the girls for their expert care and love of my daughter. She truly has the most wonderful experiences each day due to the loving, warm and stimulating environment your staff provide. You should feel so proud.

      Marianne
    • Thank you so much for the education, care, guidance, & nurturing given to our daughter to help her to become a very confident, independent child and learner in all developmental areas through the year. And I, especially, appreciate your management style and leadership in the centre, which makes us parents trust the service and get really involved in the service as well.

      Yun
  • Learning Environments

    Explore & Develop Waitara
  • Joey & Bilby Rooms

    0 - 2 years

    Our Joey room provides education and care for up to 14 children per day, with four Early Childhood trained educators. Our Bilby room provides education and care for up to 16 children per day with four Early Childhood trained educators.

    Fees are $137 per day (with a scheduled annual fee increase 1st August) and are inclusive of nappies, wipes, bed linen, S26 formula, sunscreen, and all meals (morning tea, lunch, dessert, afternoon tea, and a late snack).

  • Koala Room

    2 - 3 years

    Our Koala room provides education and care for up to 15 children per day, with three Early Childhood trained educators.

    Fees are $131 per day (with a scheduled annual fee increase 1st August) and are inclusive of nappies, wipes, sunscreen, and all meals (morning tea, lunch, dessert, afternoon tea, and a late snack).

  • Possum & Wombat Rooms

    3 - 5 years

    Our Possum room provides education and care for up to 20 children per day, with three Early Childhood trained educators.

    Our Wombat room provides education and care for up to 25 children per day, with three Early Childhood trained educators.

    Fees are $110 per day (with a scheduled annual fee increase 1st August) and are inclusive of sunscreen, and all meals (morning tea, lunch, dessert, afternoon tea, and a late snack).

  • Outdoor environment

    Our outdoor environments provide shaded and sunny areas with a variety of flat and gently-sloping open areas for the children to engage in play experiences, using our outdoor resources.

    The Koala, Possum, and Wombat environments also feature established gardens including vegetable gardens and fruit trees to help foster an appreciation of nature and the foods we can produce in it.

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