12013Nov

Delhi Road, North Ryde

About Us

Privately owned and operated by Libby Klingberg (Bachelor of Applied Science Occupational Therapy (Paediatrics), Diploma in Children’s Services) Explore & Develop North Ryde is a centre that provides a caring, creative, home-like environment that supports the learning and growth of each child that we care for.

Our outstanding Assessment and Rating results in March 2014 of ‘Exceeding the National Quality Standards in all 7 Quality Areas’ are testimony to the oversight, care and commitment that the team has in working with your family.

‘Our vision for our centre is to be a community that cares for educates, and nurtures children:

By supporting the growth and learning of all within it, through innovation, challenge and critical reflection

So families and educators and thrilled to join us, excited to be with us and sad to leave.’

Our centre includes care and education of children from 6 weeks to 3 years and from 3 to 5 years we offer an extended hour’s preschool.

Our centre is open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 6:00pm. We are open 50 weeks per year, closing annually for two weeks at Christmas and all public holidays.

Our Offering

Our Approach

‘Our vision for our centre is to be a community that cares for educates, and nurtures children:

By supporting the growth and learning of all within it, through innovation, challenge and critical reflection

So families and educators and thrilled to join us, excited to be with us and sad to leave.’

Our service includes care and education of children from 6 weeks to 3 years and from 3 to 5 years we offer an extended hour’s preschool.

We are open from Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 6:00pm. Our service operates 50 weeks per year, closing annually for two weeks at Christmas and all public holidays.

Our service provides nappies for the Joey’s, Gecko’s and Turtle’s groups, along with sunscreen, cow’s milk and meals for all children (morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack)

Assessment & Rating Results 2014

Always dedicated to improving and providing the highest quality of education and care for your children, we strive towards excellence in the field of early childhood. Our centre underwent the National Assessment & Rating process in March 2014. We have been rated as exceeding the National Quality Standard in all 7 quality areas that can be assessed. As a service we were awarded an Exceeding rating for display in our centre.

Learning Environments

During the first three years of each child’s life in our centre, our educators remain with the children in their care. This allows optimum relationships to form between educators and children and their families. This means at the end of each year from our junior nursery the staff move with the children to the room above.

By keeping familiar educators with your child they are able to develop trusting relationships building their feelings of being safe, secure and supported in the learning environment. These relationships are fundamental to a child’s successful development within our care.

Our learning environments consist of the following;

Joey Room (0-1 years)Gecko Room (1-2 years)Turtle Room (2-3 Years)
Frogs Room (3-4 Years)Crocs Room (4-5 Years) 

What to bring with you each day:

We ask you to bring a bag with spare changes of clothes (several if your child is toilet training), remember to pack clothes for sudden changes in the weather, a drink bottle or sippy cup for water, a hat (legionnaire style or bucket style to cover ears, face and neck is recommended with no strings attached), a set of cot sheets (fitted sheet and flat sheet), nappy cream if required. Please label all items brought to the service.

Children in our nursery rooms (Joey’s and Gecko’s) do not need to provide cot sheets or linens. We ask that formula or expressed breast milk is brought in as required each day.

The centre provides nappies for the Joey’s, Gecko’s and Turtle’s groups, along with sunscreen, cow’s milk and meals for all children (morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack)

Nursery Rooms

Joeys’ & Gecko’s Room (Nursery Rooms)

Our two nursery rooms offer a calm, nurturing, homelike environment for babies and young toddlers. Each room is led by experienced and highly qualified educators who design programs and experiences for children based on their interests and needs. The dedicated team scaffold and support children to learn about the world through play experiences encouraging children to grow and develop at their own pace.

Our priority in the Joey’s and Gecko’s rooms is ensuring consistency between home life and time at the centre. Wherever possible, feeding and sleeping routines will be developed in consultation with families. Every morning, educators will take the opportunity to speak with you; together deciding upon the best way that your child’s needs can be met. We understand that babies can be unpredictable - sleepless nights, teething, nappy rash... so we are always flexible.

All meals are provided - we ask that formula or expressed breast milk be sent in every morning if necessary. This is to ensure that each child's specific requirements and family preferences are respected. It is also important to note that we are a breast feeding friendly centre and if you are able to you are welcome to come and breast feed your baby within the room. Each child is assigned a cot or sleeping bed in one of our beautiful sleep rooms. Babies in the nursery rooms are provided with linen, but you are more than welcome to bring safe comforters or dummies if need be. To ensure that sleep times are restful, and that your child feels comfortable and secure sleeping in the room, your child will use the same cot until they are ready to move onto a bed. Furthermore, an educator will stay with your child, if necessary, to comfort them.

The nursery room has its own natural outdoor playscape which offers the children a chance to explore their world in an authentic way, providing very real opportunities for learning and growth.

A stimulating sensory approach to learning is highly valued in this room. Learning experiences that utilise real-life resources to stimulate the senses are offered daily. You may see rocks & pebbles, tree stumps and branches or crinkly leaves, fruits for tasting and smelling within the setting. Music, literacy and visual arts experiences are offered regularly, and change with the children's developing interests. We understand that children of this age develop in their own time and we aim to accommodate the varies developmental stages of all children in our programs.

Using their knowledge, skills and understanding of each individual, our educators provide experiences to help children reach developmental milestones aligned with learning outcomes described in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). This will help them to engage with others and prepare them to be successful learners for their future.

Educators are always working towards extending themselves professionally and are constantly reflecting on contemporary research in order to ensure the best possible experience for each and every child.

Toddler Room

Turtles Room (Older Toddlers)

Once your child is ready, he or she will be welcomed into our Turtle’s room! 

The professional and dedicated team understand that at this age our Turtles are learning that the world is not all about them and can be quite complex at times. With a tangible hands-on approach the team provides engaging routines utilising real-life resources that allow children to discover how the world works and how and where they fit in.

A typical day in the toddler's room is full of excitement, opportunities for exploration and discovery. We follow the Early Years Learning Framework in developing our program to ensure it offers a variety of child directed, child inspired and educator guided opportunities. We value play based learning as an ideal context for young children’s development and this is reflected in our practice. An interest based approach takes the whole child into account, focussing on their social, interpersonal, emotional, physical, cognitive and developmental needs. We believe that children have a right to be appreciated as they are, and not just who they are going to be.

We dedicate a significant amount of time to interest based emergent play across all key learning areas in order to inspire children to engage in a truly immersive learning experience. We are attentive to, and really value, the expertise, cultural experience, knowledge and interests of children. A strong emphasis is placed on developing social skills, how to be with others, engage with them, negotiating turns and sharing resources as we become aware of the needs and rights of other children. 

We understand that ‘toddlerhood’ is a time rich in transitions – from cot to bed, bottle to cup, nappies to underwear – and strive to support families and children as these skills emerge and expand. We value the input of our parents, as it has been shown that feelings of security and confidence can be enhanced with consistency between the home and care setting. We will develop in consultation with you, an ‘action plan’ to make sure that these transitions are managed well and are enjoyable for your child. 

In the Turtles room, the children are offered morning tea, a hot lunch, afternoon tea and a small late afternoon snack. Our meals are nutritionally balanced and very satisfying! After lunch, a rest/sleep time is offered to (and usually appreciated by) all children. For this rest period we set up the stretcher beds with the familiar cot sheets you provide and have relaxing music playing.

Junior Preschool

Frogs Room (The Junior Preschool)

At Explore & Develop North Ryde we provide the children with a fun, innovative educational program sourced from children's interests. Using the Early Years Learning Framework, we support each child's varied developmental needs. We work to extend and expand their existing skill sets whilst designing experiences to support the development of new skills.

In the Frog’s room, learning journeys often take the form of extended group projects. We brainstorm, discuss, question, research, regroup and synthesise our learning together. Projects may run for any length of time - sometimes over months - depending on the children's level of interest. Literacy, numeracy and thinking skills such as recall and problem solving are integrated into the experiences to make learning enjoyable, authentic and valuable; with research suggesting that when children discover something for themselves, that knowledge is more likely to be sustained.

To guide children’s learning, educators use children’s interests to introduce new topics and ideas; engaging children through play in literacy & numeracy experiences, science experiments, social interactions, expressive arts and physical activities. Giving children a strong foundation before they start formal classes in schools, and developing a love of learning that will sustain them throughout their lives at school, at home and in the local community.

The Frog’s group are focused on becoming independent learners. We support children’s developing self-help skills focussing on caring for our belongings, toileting independently, serving ourselves and scraping our bowls at meal times, putting on and taking off our shoes, socks and jackets. We continue to have a rest time after our lunch where some of the children take the opportunity to sleep and others rest and undertake quiet activities.

Learning how to interrelate with others socially in a positive manner is another key focus and we work on problem solving through negotiation, turn-taking and discussion. Educators teach children to appreciate each other, learning about their friends their families, cultures and ways of being and doing helps children to celebrate difference and better understand each other.

Teaching small groups of children from our class of up to 27 each day, our dedicated team of 3 educators work closely your children. We are able to spend more time with each child as at Explore & Develop North Ryde we maintain a higher than required ratio of educators to children.

Senior Preschool

The Preschool (Crocs Room)

Our Vision

We envision a preschool where all children feel welcomed, accepted, loved and happy! This will be a place where children want to go, and look forward to attending. We will work in genuine collaborative partnerships with children, families and our local community to ensure the provision of an invaluable resource to all who are involved with us.

At Explore and Develop North Ryde we believe that children have a right to receive both quality education and nurturing care.

Educators are dedicated to providing a warm and nurturing environment for each and every child. We employ more educators than the national ratio requires, this allows educators and carers to really get to know the children, their families and their individual cultures.

Our philosophy promotes an inclusive, anti-bias curriculum. We welcome children from all backgrounds. We believe that every child has the right to feel safe, esteemed and loved. Each child and their family will be valued regardless of any personal characteristic, circumstance, feature of lifestyle, social group or culture. By modelling authentic respect towards diversity, we encourage children to accept, appreciate and admire difference.

The social focus within the room encourages the effective development and enhancement of life skills with a focus on conflict resolution. Children are taught to understand the value and power of words. By placing heightened emphasis on the importance of using “I” statements and clarifying needs with verbal communication, children are given opportunities to practice their social skills and further develop their capacity for effective emotional regulation. Current research suggests that the benefits of effective, early, socio-emotional regulatory skills include a tendency towards successful peer relationships and positive academic outcomes!

In the Croc’s Room, we are committed to laying strong educational foundations for children in their preschool years. The Early Years Learning Framework guides our teaching practices. Our emergent curriculum is constantly changing, building upon the interests of the children. Educators use these interests to incorporate key learning areas (English, Mathematics, Science & Technology, Human Society and Its Environment, Creative Arts and Personal Development, Health & Physical Education) similar to those which are used in kindergartens and schools.

Children, educators and parents perpetually offer suggestions to extend on and continue with the program until an interest wanes. Project work is documented through photos, portfolio entries, displayed work samples and classroom installations and is available for the children to revisit whenever they request to do so.

While our programs and experiences prepare children for learning in a class environment, such as kindergarten, we believe that children have a right to be prepared for the specific changes that will occur with their transition to school. Individualised programs are developed with input from the child, parents, our preschool educator, and (circumstances permitting) with the child’s future teacher. This way, children and parents may approach the transition to school with confidence in the fact that their child may be familiar with the expectations of their school, thus minimising the stress that may come with adjusting to the new environment.

To achieve this:

School specific skills such as opening a lunch box, packing a bag, identifying belongings with a number of systems (labelled with a full name, initials, symbol etc.) will be incorporated into the program towards the end of the pre-school year.

Opportunities will be sought to encourage literacy skills including letter and word recognition and formation. All children will be presented with multiple opportunities to write and recognise their names, interact with written texts and develop familiarity with a range of text types (reading and writing letters and emails, rosters, poster presentations, utilizing our classroom smart board and iPod to extend learning through technology)

The amount of time spent in a class group will increase gradually throughout the year. Nap times will be replaced by quiet activities such as group story time, music or art appreciation or yoga. The value and importance of turn taking in group situations will be emphasised.

Children will be encouraged to take an active role in class management. The group will be responsible for packing away toys, setting and justifying class ‘agreements’ (rules) and deciding on the décor of the room. Research has shown that when children are aware of their own efficacy in regards to classroom management, they are more interested in maintaining and developing it. Imagine how happy the kindergarten teacher will be when your child not only takes an interest in the aesthetics of their classroom but encourages the other children to appreciate and respect their environment as well.

Community Partnerships

We actively partner with our community, consisting of our educators, families and the wider community as we recognise the importance of these partnerships to benefit the care and development of our children. We have an active parent committee in the centre who welcome and support new families, assist with organising social and fundraising events to support ‘The Imagination Library’.

We are always working to find new and innovative ways to be connected and engaged with each other. We start your enrolment in November with our ‘New parent evening’, continue to our Curriculum Evening at the start of each year, followed by parent teacher interviews for each family. Twice yearly developmental summaries also form part of the information we share with you about your child.

We also utilise a wide range of technology to keep families in touch with the centre and with your child’s care and learning. We have intranet access for centre information and you can expect daily updates of your child’s learning available via Kinderloop. Kinderloop is an app that is available for you to receive instant information on what is happening in the centre to your PC or smart phone.

Families from diverse cultural backgrounds including non-English speaking families are encouraged and assisted to participate in the life of the centre through the use of interpreters, accessing information in other languages and our bilingual staff members. Families with children with additional needs are also welcomed in to the centre. We work actively with our inclusion support agency, local health professionals such as Life Start and Macquarie University Speech and Language Pathology Department and primary schools that children will be moving to upon graduating from our centre.

Our partnerships in the broader community include working with the Benevolent Society in the piloting of the ‘Dads and the importance of Rough & Tumble Play’ workshops. These workshops are designed for fathers to encourage physical play and the neurological benefits this has for children. This is just one part of our Dad’s Engagement Strategy for the centre.

We have been involved with research at various universities including Macquarie University Research Program researching the Social-emotional competence of Mandarin Speaking Immigrant Children in Australian Childcare run through the Institute of Early Childhood Faculty of Human Services.

We have active relationships with the Early Childhood Education Sector including supporting students from TAFE, Macquarie University, University of Western Sydney and private training organisations in the professional development of their students.

We access and seek to collaborate with our local community including but not limited to the local library, doctors, dentists, local cafes, vets, CSIRO and the Aboriginal Heritage Schools Program. Incursions and excursions are undertaken to support learning programs and strengthen our community links.

We also collaborate extensively with other Explore & Develop Services but in particular between Explore & Develop Macquarie Park and 65 Epping Road where information sharing, collaborating, workshops, engagement in online forums are part of our centre practise. Families are also able to network at shared parent in-service evenings between these centres.

Embedded within our centre is the supporting of the charity ‘The Imagination Library’. This is a charity that promotes early literacy in our local area by providing free books on a monthly basis to children from birth to 5 years. We specifically donate to support our local families in North Ryde and West Ryde. Please click here to find out more information https://au.imaginationlibrary.com/

Waitlist & Enrolments

For enrolments, please place your child on our waitlist, or for more information call 9889 1400 or email enrol.northryde@exploreanddevelop.com.au

Career Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in Explore & Develop North Ryde.

We are currently seeking applicants for the following roles at our service;

    Certificate lll TraineeshipCertificate lll Traineeship

To apply for this role please complete our Expression of Interest Form, including your resume and any relevant experience.

Thank you for your interest in a career at Explore & Develop!

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