Explore & Develop Leichhardt aims encourage children to imagine, explore and learn all within a nurturing and family like environment. Our program incorporates the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and allows for a wide range of experiences that are based on the interests of the group and the individual child. The EYLF places a specific emphasis on fun, play-based learning and recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy), social and emotional development, as well as physical development and co-ordination. This can be seen in our environments, both inside and outside, and forms the foundation of everything we do.

Our educators continuously observe the children to establish their interests, strengths and skills that require development. These observations are then used as the basis of our weekly individualised programs for which we encourage parents to provide their input and feedback.

Our educational approach incorporates contemporary educational theorists as well as best practice research and professional learning. We combine this knowledge to best reflect our beliefs with regards to children’s education and development, as well as what we strive to implement in our practices

Individually owned and operated

Local mothers, Belinda and Alison, are on-site daily to manage and support our educators, families and children.

Rustic warehouse conversion

Retaining the beautiful, rustic integrity of a former warehouse, this purpose built conversion provides a unique and inspiring learning environment for children.

Experienced team of educators

All of our passionate educators hold qualifications and working with children checks and are committed to ongoing professional development.

Exceeding National Quality Standard

Our service was assessed under the National Quality Framework and rated ‘Exceeding’ the National Quality Standards.

Naturally landscaped outdoor learning environments

Our outdoor learning environments have been created to maximise an appreciation of the natural environment and stimulating sensory challenges.

Community and family-focused

We are committed to forming supportive and genuine relationships with each other and our community. Some of our initiatives include a clothing drive for Yipirinya Indigenous School, Shoes for Planet Earth, Make-a-Wish Australia, Glebe TreeHouse and Kegworth Public School sponsorship.


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ED Leichhardt operators
Belinda and Alison

Belinda and Alison are both mothers who are passionate about encouraging children to imagine, explore, discover and create, and are on-site every day to manage and support our educators, families and children.


Explore & Develop Leichhardt

ED Leichhardt childcare
0 – 2 years

We appreciate that for most children, our service is the first education and care environment that they encounter. With this in mind, our aim is to foster a welcoming and home-like ambiance, where children and their families feel a sense of security and belonging. We believe in working with families to ensure an individual flow of the day so as the rights and dignity of each child are embedded in their everyday routine and our practices.

ED Leichhardt childcare
2 – 3 years

Our toddler environments deliver a high adult to child ratio and a space to explore, discover, create and imagine through play-based learning. The environment and program is vibrant, flexible and responsive to the interests and abilities of each child.  It includes foundation literacy and numeracy, construction, creative arts, music and pretend play experiences all designed for active and busy minds and bodies.

ED Leichhardt childcare
3 – 5 years

We believe that the preschool years are a precious and critical  stage of human development. We know that children need emotional and social skills appropriate to their stage of life and, through play-based learning, particular emphasis is placed on encouraging the development of the whole child, ensuring that children are confident within themselves to transition to school.

Transitioning to school is more than being about a child’s age. In order for a successful and happy transition to school, children need to have a good grasp of language, motor co-ordination, social and emotional skills and facilitated development of literacy and numeracy confidence. Our educators utilise the Early Years Learning Framework as the foundation of our preschool curriculum.

ED Leichhardt childcare outdoor
Outdoor environment

With multiple outdoor areas, the architecturally designed play spaces specifically cater for different age groups to promote the development of gross motor skills, an appreciation of the natural environment and stimulating sensory challenges.


Explore & Develop Leichhardt


33 Flood Street,
Leichhardt NSW 2040

Business Hours

Monday – Friday
7.30am – 6.00pm