• About Explore & Develop

    Wamberal
  • At Explore & Develop Wamberal we cultivate children’s natural passion for learning by providing opportunities to experiment and challenge themselves. We achieve this through creative play and intentional teaching in a social and nurturing environment.

    Family partnerships and participation is encouraged and we work hand in hand with families to develop routines, learning opportunities and inclusion of your culture to ensure children thrive.

    Aligning with our philosophy at Explore & Develop Wamberal children have the opportunity to spend unhurried blocks of time in our natural environment to increase their connection to nature, fostering their love of the great outdoors. By providing rich and challenging play environments children learn to assess risks and are encouraged to make sound decisions around those risks which builds confidence, resilience and self-belief.

    • Experienced team of educators

      All of our inspiring skilled educators hold qualifications, Working with Children Checks and are committed to ongoing professional learning development.

    • Rural bush setting

      Set on acreage on Tumbi Road, we are spoilt for space and our outdoor environments are designed to build children’s connection to nature and love of the natural environment.

    • We care for the environment

      Our children take an active role in caring for the environment by engaging in sustainable practices such as growing fruit and vegetables, raising chickens, and learning about waste reduction and recycling.

    • All aspects of development nurtured

      From 6 weeks to school age children are nurtured in all aspects of development from literacy and numeracy to physical, social and emotional development.

    • Transition to school program

      Our transition to school program begins in our infant rooms and is designed to develop the necessary social and life skills which allow children to function independently and flourish when they commence school and for lifelong learning.

    • Family & community focused

      At Explore & Develop Wamberal we believe in building strong community partnerships as this supports and enhances children’s learning and wellbeing. We regularly welcome community visitors to the service and support charities and communities in need.

  • Owner/Operator

    of Explore & Develop Wamberal
    • Cheryl Bruce

      Owner and Approved Provider, Cheryl Bruce – Philosophy
      “Every day families place their trust in us to care for the most precious little people in their lives. We care, we nurture, we build trusting relationships, and we educate. Some children spend as few as seven hours a week in our care, and some as many as 48 hours a week, so I believe in the importance of becoming an extension of each child’s family by providing a safe and secure environment.
      I respect that families have differing choices and needs from us as education and care providers. My team of educators and I endeavour to provide a service where feedback and open communication is encouraged and valued. As such, I also hope that families respect our views and beliefs as a team of highly qualified Early Education professionals.
      I believe in keeping abreast of current thinking, research, best practice, and finding a balance between the latest teachings, and `old’ ways that are tried and tested over many years. We can learn from generations before us, early childhood theorists, along with international policy and practices to develop our programs to assist children’s minds to grow and develop.
      While education is sometimes seen as children reading and writing, recognising colours and shapes etc., more importantly to me, is that we are encouraging a love of learning, and empower children to be the best people they can be, to respect others , be kind and to look after Earth.
      As a service owner, my philosophy must also be inclusive of providing sustainable and secure employment for our team of educators, chefs, administration and support staff. We make ethical choices about keeping our dollars local where possible, by supporting many small businesses and local suppliers.”

    • The hardworking and knowledgeable staff at Explore & Develop Wamberal have allowed our young one to settle into the environment quickly and comfortably. We are more than happy with facilities, service and bush land environment.

      Melissa Hieber
    • Fantastic teachers who teach and care for our children. The kids are always exploring new and exciting themes that build their confidence and their understanding of their world. Communication is great. Staff respect and support the needs of each family.

      Rachel Beemster
    • Over the years, having three children throughout many day-care centers/pre-schools (5 in total) I am so amazed by Explore & Develop @ Wamberal. They have an extremely impressive setup indoors & outdoors which any child will marvel at. The yummy smells coming from the kitchen each morning make me hungry & happy to know my boy will be eating well 🙂 The effort the teachers & staff put in on a daily basis is just incredible and over & beyond what I have ever witnessed at a pre-school. I call them teachers (not just carers) because they are constantly teaching my boy and expanding his little mind….they have modern day attributes for learning & playing which I love & old fashioned ones to…like growing their own herbs/veggies (which the kids help harvest & cook) they have chickens which the kids named & help look after and even trees to climb! I will miss this place come the end of the year as will my boy (big school next). Explore & Develop you guys are awesome and any family is so lucky to be able to join you and my only regret is I did not find you soonerI call them teachers (not just carers) as they are constantly teaching my boy and expanding his mind… they have modern day attributes for learning and playing which I love, and old fashioned ones too…I call them teachers (not just carers) because they are constantly teaching my boy and expanding his little mind….they have modern day attributes for learning & playing which I love & old fashioned ones to…like growing their own herbs/veggies (which the kids help harvest & cook) they have chickens which the kids named & help look after and even trees to climb! I will miss this place come the end of the year as will my boy (big school next). Explore & Develop you guys are awesome and any family is so lucky to be able to join you and my only regret is I did not find you sooner! like growing their own herbs/veggies (which the kids help harvest and cook) have chickens which the kids named and help look after, and even trees to climb! I will miss this place come the end of the year as will my boy (big school next). Explore & Develop you guys are awesome and any family would be lucky to join you and my only regret is I did not find you sooner!

      Lucinda Shelley
    • Pretty sure I cried more when my boys both finished at Explore & Develop. This was their 2nd home for over 4years of their lives with many wonderful and kind teachers and carers. Their time at the preschool has helped them to be the smart, kind and caring boys they are now. I have always recommended the preschool and would use it again. Miss you all

      Sara-Jane Rea
    • Have had my children at this centre for the last 4 years and we could not be happier. Dedicated management and wonderful teachers, an all round fantastic centre. I highly recommend.

      Kate Simpson
  • Learning Environments

    Explore & Develop Wamberal
  • 0 – 2 years

    Our focus in the Joeys and Bilbies rooms, is to build and foster strong relationships to develop a sense of security with the infants in our care. We have two rooms of Under 2s to ensure small groupings and quality care environments.  Our large, separate playground area is designed to be developmentally appropriate, while still promoting play and exploration around the natural elements. An open style pool fence, and family grouping times allow the children to spend time with siblings attending the service.

  • 2 – 3 years

    Our toddler room provides a warm and caring environment to extend on trust and well-being for the 2 – 3-year-old age group. Educators focus on relationships, language, and building children’s independence and self-help skills.

    The children are involved in positive experiences with their educators and peers. Through interactions, children develop positive attitudes towards themselves, their families, their peers, and the community as a whole. We provide opportunities for children to learn about their emotions and to practice expressing themselves appropriately.

  • 3 – 5 years

    Children are encouraged to become active learners through a play-based program that fosters thinking, investigating, exploring and problem solving in a social environment. Our transition to school program is designed to develop the necessary social and emotional skills for children to allow them to function independently when they commence school.  We do this through play-based learning focusing on self-help skills, extending children’s ability to participate in structured small group activities and supporting the development of early language, literacy and numeracy skills.

  • Outdoor environment

    Each day at Explore & Develop Wamberal children have the opportunity to spend unhurried blocks of time in our natural environment to increase their connection to nature, and their love of the great outdoors. Educators providing rich and challenging play environments where children learn to assess risks and are encouraged to make sound decisions around those risks building confidence, resilience and self-belief.

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    Explore & Develop Wamberal
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