• About Explore & Develop

    Emu Plains
  • Explore & Develop Emu Plains will be conveniently located at the foot of the Blue Mountains – 273 Great Western Hwy, Emu Plains. The service will offer a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years old, 7.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.

    Our aim is to provide a welcoming home like environment where children and families feel they belong, and they are part of a community. Families can feel assured that the owners of the service will be available on site daily, together with an experienced and highly qualified team of educators.

    Explore & Develop Emu Plains will foster an emergent curriculum. This means that when educators program and plan for children they are using children’s interests to do this. Explore & Develop Emu Plains will have a play-based learning style which allows children to explore, wonder and be curious in their environment. This supports children to problem solve, think rationally, use skills of trial and error, and much more. The benefits of play can be seen as a positive approach to learning that accommodates for educator involvement. This is important as we believe that educator involvement is crucial to support each individual child in their learning. Through play and interest’s, children learn to be independent in their learning however recognise when they need assistance. This, in turn, allows for educators to foster and scaffold children’s learning.

    Another component of our curriculum which will be very important to us is creating time for our families and building family partnerships. We feel by doing this we are able to find genuine ways to listen to and communicate with families. We want our families to feel valued, respected and empowered in their role as parents. By working in partnership, families better understand their child’s learning and development and children are much more likely to reach their potential.

  • Explore & Develop Emu Plains childcare and preschool
    Explore & Develop Emu Plains Childcare & Preschool Outdoor
    Explore & Develop Emu Plains childcare and preschool
    Explore & Develop Emu Plains Childcare & Preschool Outdoor
    Explore & Develop Emu Plains childcare and preschool
    Explore & Develop Emu Plains Childcare & Preschool Outdoor
    • Owner-Operators leading experienced educators and staff

      Owned and operated by local Early Childhood professionals, we have a strong commitment to the provision of quality care and education. We work alongside our team on a daily basis. We value and recognise the importance of professionalism, and ensure that all educators and staff have exceptional skills and experience for their position. We are passionate and invest in professional development offering only the best practice in early childhood education and care.

    • Educational curriculum and the importance of School Readiness

      Explore & Develop Emu Plains educational curriculum will be guided by Australia’s National Curriculum: the Early Years Learning Framework (ELYF). We will use the outcomes, principles and practices outlined in the EYLF to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth through to transitioning to school.

    • Community partnerships

      We will actively seek ways to engage our local community, as our curriculum will include teaching and connecting the children to the world in which they live. This helps to invoke a sense of curiosity and fuels children’s inquiring minds. We have demonstrated at our Penrith and Penrith South services that we passionately support local community events – Relay for Life, 65 Roses Day and NAIDOC Cup, just to name a few. We plan to continue these partnerships at Emu Plains.

    • Acknowledging and respecting the first owners of the land

      We believe the inclusion of indigenous perspectives and culture has many benefits for all children. Explore & Develop, as a group, have a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and working party. As an extension of this our service will develop our own RAP.

    • Thoughtfully constructed indoor and outdoor learning environments

      All of our indoor and outdoor environments will be thoughtfully designed to create environments that are nurturing and stimulating. They will incorporate appropriate levels of challenge and risk that engages a child’s natural curiosity and builds on their independent exploration.

    • Experienced Nominated Supervisor

      Cathy Spain will be our Nominated Supervisor and has over 10 years experience as a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. Cathy has worked at our Penrith South service as our Educational Leader since 2014 and is excited to be leading our Emu Plains team of educators and staff.

  • Owner/Operator

    of Explore & Develop Emu Plains
    • Explore & Develop Emu Plains Childcare and Preschool
      Catherine and Diane Pelle

      Catherine and Diane Pelle are both proud mothers and our guiding rule of thumb is to provide our families nothing less than we would expect and want for our own children. We have a strong passion and commitment to care and education for all children and families at our service.

      With 10 years’ experience within the Early Childhood Education and Care sector, together we own and operate Explore & Develop Emu Plains, Penrith and Penrith South. We manage our time by working a week in each service. We have both established relationships and friendships with the children in our care, their families, our educators and staff. We believe this is an essential ingredient to having successful businesses.

      It is truly our privilege to be trusted with the education and care of your child. Our hope is to become a valued extension of your family— as you are to ours.

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