Explore & Develop Baulkham Hills will be a purpose-built, architect designed service that caters for children from six weeks to six years of age. We will be conveniently located in the heart of the Hills community, at 98 Old Northern Road, Baulkham Hills with plenty of on-site parking. Our early education and care service is anticipated to open mid-2022.
We aim to provide a welcoming ‘home away from home’ where children and families feel they belong and are part of our community.
Our relationships with children, families, caregivers, and the wider community will guide our service, our philosophy and our decision making.
Our outdoor area will feature nature play-spaces where children can run, play, imagine, explore and learn.
Indoors, we will aim to provide a calm, relaxed and home-like learning environment that encourages inventive and imaginative play, literacy, numeracy and science learning opportunities and social and emotional development.
Our Educators will be intentional with our teaching practices and will encourage and invite children and families to contribute to our curriculum program. The curriculum is guided by Australia’s National Curriculum – The Early Years Learning Framework: Belonging, Being & Becoming and will be enriched with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) concepts.
We welcome you to come and find out more about Explore & Develop Baulkham Hills for yourself.
Explore & Develop Baulkham Hills is owned and operated by a local Baulkham Hills family. We will be on-site daily to manage the service and support the children, families, and Educators.
Having grown up and lived in the local area, we are active members of the community. With young children of our own, we are attuned to the needs of local families and are connected to the wider community.
Our aim is to build a strong friendship with families, as families are the first and most influential people in children’s lives. We aim to work in partnership with families and encourage them to engage with our service through our open-door policy. For as we all know, it takes a village to raise a child and positive connections between families and Educators is a fundamental part of this.
Each child in our care will be listened to and their voices and thoughts acknowledged and respected by our highly qualified and caring Educators. Each child will be encouraged to advocate for themselves and engage in critical thinking, experimentation, problem solving skills and mindfulness.
A dedicated on-site chef at Explore & Develop Baulkham Hills will prepare daily all nutritious food, with the menu featuring wholegrains, dairy, fruit and vegetables. The menu will be guided by Munch & Move, a NSW Health initiative that supports the healthy development of children from birth to five years of age.
Educators will develop learning opportunities that promote and encourage children to develop connections with their natural world, through learning to look after their planet. Aspects of the ‘Earth Love’ program will include children-led programs on recycling, saving water and planting vegetables and other plants.
Our focus will be to make your child’s transition to school as smooth as possible and give your child the important skills to help them start school as confident, capable and independent learners. We recognise the importance of early literacy and numeracy, social and emotional development, as well as physical development and co-ordination. We offer an educational program to support the development of these in your child and their transition to school.
With over 20 years experience working in the Early Childhood sector, Merran has helped many families through the early years of raising children and transitioning them to school.
A mother of four young children, Merran is a highly skilled, experienced and passionate Early Childhood Educator who understands a family’s needs for high quality care and support. She values highly the importance of caring for children and feels that it’s a privilege to connect with children and their families on such a personal level. In fact, a strong bond with each child and their family is at the core of every decision made at Explore & Develop Baulkham Hills.
Building connections and partnerships within her community is important to Merran and her family, as it supports and enhances children’s learning and understanding of the world around them. Her aim is to have an active involvement in the local community and to offer children, families and Educators a strong sense of belonging.
A ‘hands on’ leader, Merran is highly invested in the day to day events happening at Explore & Develop Baulkham Hills. Her ability to develop her team to reach their full potential as empowered and nurturing Early Childhood Educators provides a strong foundation for the service. Merran has a Diploma in Children’s Services from TAFE NSW.