Norton Street, Lilyfield

Explore & Develop Norton Street, Lilyfield is committed to ensuring that each child feels a sense of belonging. We believe the way we introduce children to learning is of high importance and this is the foundation for everything we do. Within our curriculum, we incorporate a range of experiences that support and nurture communication and language, emerging literacy and numeracy, social and emotional development, as well as physical development and coordination. Our natural, open-ended environments are nurturing, fun and stimulating, providing a holistic approach for each child’s journey of self-discovery and change, which supports children in developing an authentic understanding of culture and their world. Incorporating The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Framework, our play-based curriculum provides opportunities for children to experiment, discover, explore, create, investigate, solve problems and express ideas and reflects each child’s interest and stages of development.

Individually owned and operated

For over half a decade, local Inner West mum, Susan Franco, continues to create an education and care environment that nurtures and supports every child, every family and every staff member to flourish.

Experienced team of educators

We value the contributions our educators make to nurturing, inspiring and engaging young children’s lives. Our passionate team of early childhood professionals are committed to ongoing professional development and continue to deliver high quality learning outcomes for all our children.

Educators who love and care for your child

We understand that building loving and reciprocal relationships are the foundation for learning and our team of educators will provide your child with support and confidence in their own abilities and knowledge to nurture their hands, hearts and minds.

Off the City West Link at Norton Street

Our architecturally designed service has ample undercover parking for easy drop-off and pick-ups. We are also close to the CityWest Link and are within walking distance to the Leichhardt North light rail station.

Community and family focused

We are committed to forming supportive and genuine relationships with each other and our community. Explore & Develop Norton Street, Lilyfield is involved in the Inner West Councils’ National Tree Day, TRANBY, World Vision, The Clown Doctors, Orange Grove Public School and Narragunnawali.

Exceeding the National Quality Standard

Our service was assessed as Exceeding the National Quality Framework in 2014 and we continue to deliver this level of educational care as part of our day-to-day practices.

Transition to School Program

Starting School is a significant milestone in the life of any child and family. Explore & Develop Lilyfield supports the essential foundations for learning for all children and in doing so provides a play-based developmentally appropriate curriculum where children are learning important knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will not only prepare them for school but for lifelong learning.

Click on the link to find out more about our ‘Transition to School Program‘.


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Susan Franco
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Susan Franco is a local, Inner West mum, and a passionate Early Childhood educator. She is focused on creating an engaging and nurturing early childhood educational experience that incorporates best practice, educational theory and current research to support every child, every family and every staff member to flourish.

Susan Franco, is also the Winner of Outstanding Business Person of the Year, 2017.


Explore & Develop Lilyfield – Norton Street

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Joey Nursery and Bilby Toddler’s Room

0 – 2 years

We provide a loving and caring environment that nurtures and respects each child’s individual sleep and feeding routines, whilst recognising, respecting and supporting each family’s culture, beliefs and values.

Children are naturally curious learners and we provide a nurturing and stimulating environment with lots of cuddles and individual attention, whilst encouraging each child to explore, learn and discover at their own unique pace.

We believe in working in partnership with families so that each child develops a sense of security and belonging.

Possum Room
Possum Preschool Room

2 – 3 years

Making independent choices is a key focus within our junior preschool curriculum. So are fine motor and gross motor development, social and emotional skills, language skills, cognitive development, toilet training and self-help skills.

This learning environment encourages small and large group activities and is vibrant, flexible and responsive to the interests of each child incorporating puzzles, literacy and numeracy activities, construction activities, creative arts, music and dramatic play.

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Wombat Preschool Room

3 – 5 years

We understand that being ready for school encompasses so much more than just a child’s age and our transition to school curriculum nurtures eager, capable and motivated learners through: independent life skills, nurturing and growing self-confidence, gross and fine motor co-ordination, literacy and numeracy confidence and developing an emerging understanding of math and science concepts.

We work in partnership with local schools to assist families to feel ready and informed for their child’s individual transition to school journey.

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Outdoor environment

Our outdoor spaces specifically cater for different age groups to promote the development of gross motor skills, stimulating sensory challenges and the development of proactive attitudes to nurturing our environment. We believe that children have the right to experience outdoors, breath fresh air and enhance their well-being and development through regular outdoor play.


Explore & Develop Norton Street, Lilyfield


Ground Floor, 370 Norton Street
Lilyfield NSW

Business Hours

Monday – Friday
7.30am – 6.00pm