Explore & Develop Epping Road’s path to high quality early childhood education and care is guided by the principles of the Walker Learning Approach and RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Approach. Through these influences we are equipped to personalise learning and maintain respect as the basis for all that we do, respectively.
Our service believes in the importance of connecting to the natural world and acknowledge the endless opportunities for learning found outside. We embrace risky-play as a natural desire and need for children and recognise our responsibilities in supporting children’s holistic development through active play outdoors.
The service is owned and operated by Eva Klingberg. Eva’s vision is for the service to be a loving extension of the family home, providing children with a positive and stable environment for growth and development. Eva runs an open door policy, and believes families should have a strong sense of belonging.
The service has been awarded the highest possible accreditation rating (Exceeding National Quality Standard) by the NSW Department of Education.
All children participate in projects and experiences beyond the service, where they build connections to community. Our excursion bus opens a myriad of opportunities to explore areas and diverse peoples in our immediate and broader communities.
The Pillars of Learning (POL) program was created to shape and structure our ‘beyond the classroom’ opportunities. It has come to be an addition to our programs, where children’s interests, learning and development can be extended upon through intentional adventures in the wider community.
Our service practices are upheld by principles of nurture and respect. We respect children wherever they are in their own learning journey. We recognise children’s fiery curiosities and respect their right to play. We view children as citizens of the world, who have a right to a say in matters affecting them. We advocate for children to know they are heard and valued from infancy right through to preschool-hood and beyond.
Our dedicated team of educators are the backbone of our service. Ongoing professional development is embraced and recognized as the fuel for driving high quality early childhood education and care practices. We pride ourselves on having a diverse team with a strong supportive and collaborative culture.
Eva Klingberg approaches the service from the perspective of a parent and, as such, believes in open communication between parents and educators. Eva believes in a natural and diverse environment catering to the unique requirements of the children under her care. This includes a focus on sustainability, our gardens, and risky play spaces that challenge the children to improve and develop at their own pace.
This is such an amazing childcare centre. Both my kids love it, and we couldn’t be happier. All the staff are fantastic and very loving towards the kids. My eldest is constantly learning new things and they also encourage him to do other things. Thank you to the whole team at Explore & Develop Epping Road. Highly recommend them.
I love this daycare & all the people that make it what it is so loving caring and fun place I wouldn’t want my son to be anywhere else!!!
I cannot speak highly enough about every single member of the Explore & Develop Epping Road Team. They not only care about my child, they check in with me, and ask if I am okay, knowing I am a single Mum. They are always available to chat and discuss any concerns or questions (which are minimal). I wouldn’t hesitate recommending them to any parent with any child at any age. They are all a special group of people and it\u2019s an honour to know them.
A message is not enough to say how thankful we are. Our baby and toddler have been attending the centre for 6 months and we can see a great improvement in all areas !! Thanks to all educators that have taken care of our boys, we also want to highlight the great administration the centre has on hands.
Our experience in Explore & Develop Epping was a great one, this is why we found it difficult to move him to a different centre (most especially now that you have awesome excursions!). From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank you and all the staff in E&D for caring and nurturing our child. You guys rock!!
I have never felt anxious about leaving my children at the centre because I know that they are in excellent hands. My children are happy to be there and excited to tell me all about their day on the way home.We are so grateful that we have had the opportunity to place both our children at Explore & Develop Epping Road.
Our two nursery rooms offer babies a safe and loving home-like environment as they explore the world around them. All babies have a flexible routine and are nurtured by consistent educators. We strive to maintain the same group of educators with the same group of children for the first three years of their life. This consistency of educators ensures children have stable attachments throughout their nursery years.
Our fees are inclusive of morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack, nappies, bed linen and sunscreen.
Our Turtles room (2- to 3-year-old room) nurtures our children’s growing independence, and offers many opportunities throughout the day for children to develop their self-help skills. Key areas of focus include toilet training, self-feeding, dressing and taking care of one’s belongings. This age group will show an increased interest in relationships. Toddlers will begin interacting more directly with their peers and educators and they will explore concepts such as sharing, turn-taking, conflict resolution and emotional resilience. The educators will guide these life skills by modelling positive relationships and appropriate emotional expression.
Our fees are inclusive of morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack, nappies and sunscreen.
In our Junior Preschool room (3 –4 years) and our Senior Preschool room (4 –5 years) we focus more intently on preparing children for primary school. Our School Readiness Program encompasses a focus on pre-reading, writing, maths and science skills and aims to foster social and emotional skills such as curiosity, resourcefulness, independent thinking, problem solving and initiative. These skills will not only assist children in getting ready for primary school, but will go a long way in preparing them for a successful life.
Our fees are inclusive of morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack and sunscreen.
Our outdoor areas provide a rich opportunity for children to engage with the natural environment and to promote concepts of sustainability. The nursery play area is specifically designed for children under two years of age. It focuses on providing babies with sensory stimulation derived from interactions with natural resources. It features a thriving herb garden, miniature apple trees, a large sandpit and creative arts area. The highlight of the space is our sensory garden, which includes a teepee and a wooden slide.
The preschool play area is a larger space designed to facilitate gross-motor growth in children aged over two years. It includes a large decking area that encourages open-ended physical activity such as ball games, cycling and construction. Other features include a large wooden boat, a dry creek bed and a cubby house, which continually transforms itself according to a child’s imagination. The preschool play area is also a space for our gardening projects. The children participate in growing seasonal vegetables and nurture olive trees to contribute to our Farmers’ Markets.
Additional spaces include the tennis court and grassy picnic area located directly outside the centre. These spaces are accessed on a daily basis by all age groups and allow children to explore alternate surfaces and play experiences. The children also visit local sportsgrounds such as the Rotary War Memorial Athletics Field.
65 Epping Road, North Ryde
Monday – Friday
7.30am – 6.00pm
We operate for 50 weeks of the year and close down for two weeks over the Christmas period and on Public Holidays.