• About Explore & Develop

    Camperdown
  • Explore & Develop Camperdown

    We are committed to delivering high quality early years education. Everything we do is about empowering children to succeed in life.

    We believe children have the right to access rich learning environments that support our inquiry-based pedagogy and educational outcomes. We embrace the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), a national curriculum framework, as the basis for developing our program.

    Educational Program & Practice

    Our inquiry-based pedagogy is designed to inspire children’s natural curiosity to explore, discover, question and imagine as they learn through play. Children’s ideas, interests, strengths, and capabilities form the foundation of our curriculum and drive our goal setting process. Our program includes a wide variety of rich learning opportunities across a range of curriculum areas. This also includes regular incursions, excursions, language and music lessons. Our mixed-age environments also provide unique learning opportunities as children learn and challenge each other.

    Our Team

    Our educators provide provisions to guide, reflect and scaffold meaningful learning to support children in reaching their potential.

    Partnerships

    We believe partnerships with families provide valuable knowledge and diversity, contributing to our positive learning community. We do this through transparent, clear communication and meaningful engagement with all stakeholders.

  • Explore & Develop Camperdown Childcare and Pre-school
    Explore & Develop Camperdown Childcare and Pre-school
    Explore & Develop Camperdown Childcare and Pre-school
    Explore & Develop Camperdown Childcare and Pre-school
    Explore & Develop Camperdown Childcare and Pre-school
    Explore & Develop Camperdown Childcare and Pre-school
    • Exceeding National Quality Standards

      The service has the highest possible accreditation rating “Exceeding National Quality Standards” as awarded by the NSW Department of Education.

    • Family owned and operated

      Local family, Susan and Robert Feltaous own and operate Explore & Develop Camperdown ensuring a quality education and care service.

    • A focus on high quality, rich and diverse learning experiences

      Our inquiry-based curriculum focuses on the process of exploration and discovery. Our routines and play-based learning experiences are designed to foster the whole child and develop life-long learning dispositions.

    • Multi Award Winning Architecturally design service

      The adaptive reuse of an Inner West warehouse has created an oasis for young children to explore, image and inquire through a play based learning philosophy.

      2015 NSW Architecture Awards winner in the Educational category
      The project was also shortlisted in the Sustainability category and nominated for the NSW Premier’s Prize.

      Winner of the 2014 Sydney Design Awards

      Finalist in the 2014 Interior Design Award

    • Experienced, highly qualified and passionate team of educators

      We provide:

      • Higher staff to child ratios than required under the National Quality Framework.
      • Higher qualified full time educators who are committed to further professional development and training. A focus on low staff turnover to ensure strong relationships with families
    • All-inclusive service

      We believe no child should miss out on developing to their full potential. That is why experiences are all-inclusive to children enrolled at our service, which includes but not limited to:

      • Language – Chinese Mandarin classes twice weekly
      • Music – Professional Music lessons twice weekly
      • Service incursions and excursions – Various planned each month
      • Kinderloop – for all documentation and photos in relation to your child’s learning, upcoming events and our Curriculum
      • In-house Chef prepared meals – Our amazing chef prepares all our meals onsite using quality ingredients and develops a seasonal menu
      • KindyNow – Providing the flexibility of casual bookings and discounts for absent days resold to other families
      • Open Door Policy – encourages enrolled families to visit and participate in our curriculum
  • Owner/Operator

    of Explore & Develop Camperdown
    • Susan Feltaous
      Susan Feltaous
    • Rob Feltaous
      Rob Feltaous
  • “As parents of young children, our passion is to deliver a high-quality, early learning and education service that meets our own standards for our family. ‘Is this good enough for our children?’ is the question that is asked of everything we do, here.”

    • Thanks for giving our son such a fun and enjoyable experience during the week while we’re at work. The centre doesn’t just look after him but is building his character and teaching him many things about life, and preparing him for school, while letting him have fun and make friends. He has formed strong bonds with many of the staff and children and loves talking about them at home. We’re fortunate to have found you guys!

      Kristina C
    • Sohrab and I want to thank you for the wonderful year Bijoux has had, we have really loved our time and experience at E&DC. You and Susan have created a beautiful, loving environment for our children, and for that we are very grateful.

      Bodhi and Sohrab S
    • I write this email with a little sadness and mixed feelings as the past 2 years have been amazing for Sofia, she is a very smart little girl who has learned and grown so much and part of this is thanks to you and your wonderful careers.

      Elisa P
    • I am continuously impressed with the high level of service and personalised nature of all at E&D Camperdown. I am confident that my little people are in the hands of capable Educators who take the time to get to know them and their interests and who help develop them further. It is always assuring being able to drop the Children off at the start of the day and know that they are going to come home having tried something new and challenged themselves. You’ve a fantastic team.

      Anonymous parent from survey
    • Overall we couldn’t be happier with the care provided for Eva at E&D Camperdown. It’s such a loving warm environment with a natural openness allowing her to just be herself.

      Miriam S
    • Great staff, excellent facilities, good communication. Very happy to have my child attend this service. Appreciative of the efforts put in by staff and management.

      Trevor U
  • Learning Environments

    Explore & Develop Camperdown
  • Nursery

    0 – 12 months

    Our Nursery room was intentionally designed to be small and intimate to assist in developing strong bonds between children and educators. There is a maximum of 12 children per day.

    Your child’s daily routine is based on that at home to ensure a consistency of care.

    Your child will be engaged in a range of learning experiences, including gross motor and sensory experiences to help them reach their developmental potential.

    Our open door policy means you are welcome at any time to visit your child and to share in the everyday programs at our service.

    Our fees are inclusive of breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack, nappies, bed linen, formula and sunscreen. Music lessons included twice a week as well as several incursions throughout the year.

  • Explorers

    12 months – 2 years

    Our Explorers room was intentionally designed to be small and intimate to assist in developing strong bonds between families and educators. There is a maximum of 12 children per day.

    In this age group, children are inquisitive both in play and independence. Your toddler is at a highly social and engaging age and will seek out stimulation wherever they can find it.

    We have designed a program that will occupy their mind and help them to learn new skills. Through age appropriate music and language (Chinese Mandarin) classes as well as reading and other experiences helping them learn to communicate and develop relationships with their educators and peers.

    Our fees are inclusive of breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack, nappies, bed linen and sunscreen. Music & Mandarin lessons included twice a week as well as many incursions throughout the year.

  • Innovators

    2 – 3 years

    This group of children is building on those newly developing skills, such as speech and language, interacting and exploring their environment and learning to share and problem solve with their peers. This age group is also likely to be developing independence at meal times and toilet training and our experienced educators are here to foster these emerging skills.

    Our fees are inclusive of breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack, nappies, bed linen and sunscreen. Music & Mandarin lessons included twice a week as well as many incursions throughout the year.

  • Junior Preschool

    3 – 4 years

    Our Junior Preschool classroom is led by a qualified Early Childhood Teacher, delivering a curriculum to focus on children’s social and emotional skills, which children can utilise on a daily basis.

    The Junior Preschoolers are by nature inquisitive and eager to learn with a thirst for knowledge about the world around them.

    Our educators plan learning experiences based on daily observations, children’s interests and input from families, children and other educators. Our program is flexible and adaptable whilst cultivating your child’s individual interests, abilities and talents.

    Our fees are inclusive of breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack, nappies, bed linen and sunscreen. Music & Mandarin lessons included twice a week as well as many incursions throughout the year.

  • Senior Preschool

    4 – 5+ years

    Our Senior Preschool classroom is led by a qualified Early Childhood Teacher, delivering a curriculum to focus on children’s social and emotional skills, which children can utilise on a daily basis and readiness in a formal schooling environment.

    Building on the skills developed in the Junior Preschool room, this group of children are naturally curious about their environment.

    We encourage children to be explorers, problem solvers and creators. To support children in this, our program focuses on fostering self-esteem, emotional well-being, communication, socialisation, collaboration and self-help skills.

    Explore & Develop Camperdown was chosen as one of the first preschools in Australia to participate in the Early Learning Languages Australia program (ELLA) program. ELLA is a digital, play-based program which includes a series of interactive applications (apps), aimed at making language learning engaging and interesting to young children in preschool.

    Our comprehensive School Readiness Program covers the key Kindergarten Learning areas.

    Our fees are inclusive of breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack, bed linen and sunscreen. Music & Mandarin lessons included twice a week as well as many incursions throughout the year.

  • Outdoor environment

    Our physical environment is regarded as equal in importance to that of the educators’ role. The multi award winning design allows for indoor/outdoor play that isn’t weather dependent. A focus on a natural environment with plants, water, rocks, sand, dirt provide our children an environment to explore, discover and enjoy.

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  • Nutrition

    Our chef prepares and bakes all our meals using quality ingredients and develops seasonal menu meeting the Caring for Children (Birth – 5 years) dietary guidelines. We provide breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and a late snack.

    Our chef also caters to special dietary requirements, whether it would be for medical/ cultural/ personal family belief reasons.

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