Explore & Develop Macquarie Park’s vision for our service is to provide the highest possible quality outcomes for children in our care, through innovation within the Early Childhood industry, exceptional education, celebration of our community, and leadership with heart.
We follow The Early Years Learning Framework in developing our program to ensure it offers a variety of child-directed, child-inspired and educator-guided opportunities. We value play-based learning as an ideal context for young children’s development and this is reflected in our practice. An interest based approach takes the whole child into account, focusing on their social, interpersonal, emotional, physical, cognitive and developmental needs. We believe that children have a right to be appreciated as they are at this present moment. Each child’s developmental journey is unique and occurs at its own pace. Our role as educators is to be able to be with the child during this developmental journey with love, care and guidance.
Our educational programs are derived from current research and our educators undergo continual training in evidence-based approaches to early childhood education. We have strong partnerships with local universities and undertake several research projects each year. This ensures we remain at the forefront of our field for and to the benefit of our children, families and educators.
Our curriculum moves beyond the classroom. By engaging an Outdoor Learning Coordinator and a minibus, this allows us to provide valuable experiences in the great outdoors. All age groups travel on excursions to discover that we belong to a wider community, allowing us to build relationships with local initiatives and services. Key programs include Bush School and Swim School.
We believe that through developmental cognitive neuroscience, mindfulness training, social emotional learning and positive psychology, our staff and children will reduce stress, build resilience and self-regulation skills to optimise their capacity for the learning journey at Explore & Develop.
Libby Klingberg is the Owner-Operator of Explore & Develop Macquarie Park and North Ryde, which we opened in March 2009. She has a wealth of Early Childhood experience. Libby is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education.
The service has the highest possible accreditation rating “Exceeding National Quality Standards” as awarded by the NSW Department of Education.
By engaging an Outdoor Learning Coordinator and a minibus, this allows us to provide valuable experiences in the greater outdoors. All age groups travel on excursions to discover that we belong to a wider community, allowing us to build relationships with local initiatives and services. Key programs include Bush School and Swim School.
We follow a primary caregiver model, and ensure the same educators remain with the same group of children for the first three years of their life to ensure healthy brain development.
We believe that through developmental cognitive neuroscience, mindfulness training and positive psychology, our staff and children will reduce stress and build self-regulation skills and resilience to optimise their capacity for the learning journey at Explore & Develop Macquarie Park.
All of our educational programs are derived from current research and our educators undergo continual training in evidence-based approaches to early childhood education. Our university partnerships and our neuroscience research project are just a few of the ways that help us remain at the forefront of our field.
Libby Klingberg is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education. Libby also owns and operates Explore & Develop North Ryde – Delhi Road. She is passionate about creating amazing outcomes for children, and continues to strive to create the most brilliant Early Childhood educators that love what they do every day. She aspires to increase her mindfulness platform so that learning moves beyond the classroom into the home by expanding education to the parent community.
My son has been attending Explore & Develop Macquarie Park for 5 days a week since he was 10 months old and now in his final year in the preschool room. I just can\u2019t recommend Explore & Develop Macquarie Park highly enough! Everything from the way they managing the centre, the quality of educators hired, those unique programs where you don\u2019t get from an ordinary childcare are all well designed and executed in a safe and fun way. The caring and teaching provided in each room from the lovely educators have proven this is more than just a place that looks after children but a truly educating centre where your kids will learn and develop in a safe and happy environment.
At his first centre, he cried constantly when he was left. With you he cried when I picked him up too early! The fact that he changed from a clingy shy boy to such an outgoing, good-natured and confident kid is a testament to how much you all care and how well you have looked after him over the last few years.
The staff were a constant support to the children who attended the weekly swimming program rain, hail or shine. Watching the interactions and relationships between the staff and children while they visited our swimming centre, it was obvious that the staff have a real passion for working with children. The forward thinking approach of the director and supervisors at Explore & Develop Macquarie Park and North Ryde is inspiring.
The team go above and beyond with excellent programs in place to educate the children about positive health and nutrition, mindfulness and sustainability. They organise excursions outside of the Centre as well as hosting special days where the children can involve their families in the Centre. My children have developed and grown so much since starting at Explore & Develop Macquarie Park. They are building confidence every day and are clearly happy and well cared for.
I would like to thank the Explore & Develop early childhood centres at North Ryde and Macquarie Park for helping us with our research into children\u2019s language development\u2026 Despite our research requiring children to solve challenging languae games, we were met only with smiles, quite a feat when working with pre-schoolers! This is a glowing testament to the nurturing inquisitive environment fostered by Explore & Develop.
Your staff at Explore & Develop Macquarie Park are absolutely amazing. The love and support they offer not only my son but me and my family is truly appreciated. I always feel welcome whenever I am at the centre. Lachlan\u2019s language, emotional, and social skills have flourished under the care of all your staff, and he always comes home with a smile on his face. Thank you so very much for the outstanding care you provide for my son every day.
Our priority in the Gecko room is ensuring consistency between each baby’s home life and their time at the service. We also place strong emphasis on strong attachments and consistency of educators. As children progress between teaching rooms from birth to 3 years, we aim to ensure that the same group of educators will remain with the same group of children. Furthermore we follow a primary caregiver model; educators are assigned a specific set of children to nurture more closely throughout the day. By maintaining consistency, we acknowledge that attachment is a fundamental ingredient for healthy brain development. Strong attachments lead to a strong sense of identity and a sense of security which increases the willingness to explore and learn.
Our babies have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities including our Beyond the Classroom Curriculum, Munch Masterclasses and Imagination Library Literacy Program.
Our fees are inclusive of morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack, nappies, cot sheets and sunscreen.
Our toddler room provides a tangible hands-on approach, with engaging routines utilising real-life resources that allows toddlers to discover how the world works and how and where they fit in. We understand that toddlerhood is a time rich in transitions and we strive to support families and children as these skills emerge and expand. Our toddlers have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities including our Beyond the Classroom Curriculum, Munch Masterclasses and Imagination Library Literacy Program.
Our fees are inclusive of morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack, nappies and sunscreen.
Our preschool rooms are committed to laying strong educational foundations and preparing children for the transition to primary school life.
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Our fees are inclusive of morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack, nappies, and sunscreen.
The outdoor area consists of two playgrounds, both with an abundance of natural elements to foster children’s appreciation of nature and the outdoors. The nursery playground (for 0 – 2 years) is a dedicated space for babies to safely explore outside, as they become more confident in their gross motor skills. Highlights of this area include a mini-mud kitchen and sandpit.
The older age groups (over 2 years) enjoy a larger space to support a variety of physical activity and risky play. Children are invited to undertake risks by navigating themselves through the tree stumps and rocky terrain. Other highlights of the preschool playground include a fort and slide, teepee, a campfire space, and a large mud kitchen.
Gardening is also a large component of our outdoor program. We have a thriving herb and vegetable garden where we are growing seasonal produce. We also have a succulent garden and a worm farm. The children are very enthusiastic about maintaining our gardens and enjoy helping their educators water the plants, collect dry leaves, and trim the hedges. They also routinely take care of resident and visiting animals; the children create bird feeders for the local birds and use their leftover food scraps to sustain our worm farm.
4 Drake Avenue
We open from 7.30am-6.00pm, Monday to Friday.
We operate for 50 weeks of the year and close down for two weeks over the Christmas period and on Public Holidays.