• About Explore & Develop

    Freshwater
  • Explore & Develop Freshwater is set to open its doors in 2018 as part of the new Harbord Diggers development in Freshwater.

    We are conveniently located within the new Harbord Diggers development where our families and staff will have access to the clubs new fitness, hospitality and aquatic facilities.

    Our aim is to provide a welcoming home-like environment where children and families feel they belong and are part of a community.

    The educational curriculum is guided by Australia’s National Curriculum—The Early Years Learning Framework: Belonging, Being, Becoming. It is also supported by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics.

    Our qualified and experienced team of educators will ensure a play based approach to teaching and learning. Our focus is to ensure children feel a sense of BELONGING in our environments, allowing them to BE active contributors and to have their voices heard as members of our community, providing opportunities that support them in developing a healthy sense of self, while BECOMING confident in reaching their potential.

  • Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater rooms
    Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater staff room
    Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater outdoors
    Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater playground
    Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater rooms
    Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater nursery
    Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater rooms
    • Family owned and operated

      Explore & Develop Freshwater is Owned and Operated by a local, Northern Beaches family. Having grown up in the Curl Curl/Freshwater area, we have been active members of the community through sports, surf lifesaving and volunteering for local respite services for children with additional needs.

    • All-inclusive offering

      We feel that no child within our service should go without. This is why we have developed an all-inclusive offering for families. Fresh seasonal menu, formula and bottles, nappies and wipes and bedding for all age groups. A high quality educational curriculum that includes a transition to school program and an excursion/incursion program will be provided by the service.

    • High-quality learning environments

      The service has been thoughtfully designed in collaboration with leading architects, landscape architects, skilled and experienced early childhood professionals to create an environment that is nurturing and stimulating, whilst providing appropriate levels of challenge and risk, to engage the natural curiosity and developmental growth for children at every stage.

    • Sector experience

      With over 16 years’ experience within the Early Childhood Education and Care sector, and a mother to three children of her own, Owner-Operator, Sally, truly understands the needs of families whilst supporting our staff and educators in providing the highest level of education and care for children throughout their early years.

    • Part of the community

      As this is a new service, we are at the beginning of establishing our family and community partnerships. An integral part of our philosophy is the development of partnerships within our local and wider community and it is our ongoing aim to support children and their families in developing relationships, connections and a real sense of belonging to their community.

    • Harbord Diggers Facilities

      The new Harbord Diggers development has been designed to fit the needs of a new community. Along with the development of Explore & Develop Freshwater, is a new state-of-the-art club, which features a fitness and aquatic centre, a new hospitality precinct, and enhanced member services.

  • Owner/Operator

    of Explore & Develop Freshwater
    • Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater owner
      Sally

      With over 15 years’ experience within the Early Childhood education and care sector, and a mother of three young children, Sally is a highly skilled, experienced and passionate Early Childhood educator.

      Having volunteered with local respite and international communities, Sally has seen firsthand the impact of positive teachings and environments that nurture each child’s sense of self.

      Over the years this local northern beaches family have been actively involved within the local sporting and SLSC community. Building these connections and partnerships within our community is important to us as it supports and enhances children’s learning and understanding of the world around us. Our aim is to have an active presence in our local community so as to strengthen partnerships and meet the needs of our families, children and our team of staff and educators.

    • As parents it warms our hearts to think how wonderful of an experience we and our son have enjoyed since joining E&D Freshwater. Our son’s development has been amazing going from English as a second language to fluent and from dreading daycare to loving it and not wanting to leave! The educators all the way up to owner Sally truly care about the children. We can’t say enough good things about the team; they are truly world class. The facilities and activities are top notch and we are very happy with our choice as daycare now feels like an extended family. Thank you very much for all you have done and continue to do it has made a big difference to our lives.

      Will (Jnr Preschool Room Parent)
    • From the moment you walk into Explore & Develop Freshwater you experience a sense of calm. The beautiful décor, indoor/outdoor environment, exciting toys and smiling faces of the educators only add to this great kindy!! The teachers and all staff are so friendly, interested and engaged in the children but also our family- they remember everybody’s name and any weekend plans and always ask how we are with genuine interest! We are absolutely loving being here- both our children come home talking about having had the best day playing and learning!! We love E&D Freshwater and cannot recommend it highly enough.

      Gemma (Toddler & Senior Preschool Parent)
    • The teams are great and really stand out as incredible individuals who really love the kids. It’s reassuring to know that the kids, have such a fantastic experience every day.

      Mary & Liam (Infant & Toddler Room Parents)
    • I just wanted to write to say how fantastic the staff in the Explorers Room. Each time I come to kindy either with Oscar and obviously Jack, they are there with such a fantastic presence.
      All the children in the Explorers room just adore them and are happy, they are really in amazing hands with Sarah and all the girls upstairs. She always goes out of her way to understand the needs of the kids. I’ve already told her how amazing I think she is, but I wanted to pass it on to you. It’s such a credit to you too Sally, all your staff are truly wonderful and so very engaged in the children and in life. Having children in both the upstairs and downstairs and how fantastic they all are is just a credit to you. So thank you so much for everything you do. You all do an amazing job and it is definitely noticed by our family.

      Fiona (Infants & Snr Preschool Room Parent)
    • Explore & Develop Freshwater is absolutely amazing, the facility, the staff, the menu and the daily programs are above and beyond perfect. I could not speak highly of the centre if I tried.
      Yordi has the best menu put together full of healthy foods! The staff are always willing to give you their time.

      Abbey (Toddler & Srn Preschool Parent)
    • We transitioned across just a few months ago from another service and I can honestly say Mila has never been happier. The staff are wonderful, friendly and genuinely caring. Explore & Develop Freshwater is a wonderful community of people, and I cannot be happier with the care their wonderful staff provide.

      Philippa (Infant Room Parent)
  • Learning Environments

    Explore & Develop Freshwater
  • Nursery Room

    8 children, 6 weeks – 12 months
    • All nutritional meals, bottles, formula, nappies, linen and sunscreen provided
    • Breastfeeding room available for nursing mothers
    • Dedicated cot room for nursery children
    • Personalised and developmentally-appropriate curriculum designed by our qualified and experienced Early Childhood educators
    • Supportive partnerships to develop nurturing routines that are reflective of home
    • Qualified and experienced Early Childhood educators
    • Architecturally designed indoor and outdoor learning environments
    • Secure online learning portal for families to access daily learning experiences, developmental observations and individual learning assessments
  • Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater nursery
    Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater nursery
  • Infant Room

    12 children, 12 months – 2 years
    • All nutritional meals, bottles, formula, nappies, linen, and sunscreen provided
    • Breastfeeding room available for nursing mothers
    • Dedicated cot room for infant children
    • Personalised and developmentally-appropriate curriculum designed by our qualified and experienced Early Childhood educators
    • Supportive partnerships to assist families as children transition into new routines and develop growing independence
    • Architecturally designed indoor  and outdoor learning environments
    • Secure online learning portal for families to access daily learning experiences, developmental observations and individual learning assessments
  • Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater rooms

  • Toddler Rooms

    15 children, 2 years – 3 years
    • All nutritional meals, bottles, formula, nappies, linen, and sunscreen provided
    • Breastfeeding room available for nursing mothers
    • Personalised and developmentally-appropriate curriculum designed by our qualified and experienced Early Childhood educators
    • Partnerships with families to support our toddlers’ growing autonomy, through nurturing the development of self-help skills, assisting the navigation of problem solving, and their increasing levels of communication
    • Architecturally designed indoor and outdoor learning environments
    • Secure online learning portal for families to access daily learning experiences, developmental observations and individual learning assessments
  • Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater rooms
    Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater rooms
    Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater rooms
    Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater rooms
    Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater rooms
  • Junior Preschool Room

    20 children, 3 years – 4 years
    • All nutritional meals, linen, and sunscreen provided
    • Personalised and developmentally-appropriate curriculum designed by our qualified and experienced Early Childhood educators
    • Partnerships with families to support our junior preschoolers in preparing for their transition to primary school
    • Architecturally designed indoor and outdoor learning environments
    • Secure online learning portal for families to access daily learning experiences, developmental observations and individual learning assessments
  • Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater rooms
    Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater rooms
    Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater rooms
    Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater rooms
  • Senior Preschool Room

    20 children, 4 years – 5+ years
    • All nutritional meals, linen, and sunscreen provided
    • Personalised and developmentally-appropriate curriculum designed by our qualified and experienced Early Childhood educators
    • Partnerships with families to support our senior preschoolers in preparation for their transition to primary school
    • Architecturally designed indoor and outdoor learning environments
    • Secure online learning portal for families to access daily learning experiences, developmental observations and individual learning assessments
  • Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater rooms
    Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater rooms
    Explore & Develop Child Care Freshwater rooms
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