ABOUT EXPLORE & DEVELOP

Macquarie Park


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.

Family-owned and operated

Libby Klingberg is the Owner-Operator of Explore & Develop Macquarie Park and North Ryde, which were established nearly eight years ago. She has a wealth of Early Childhood experience. Libby is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education.

Exceeding the National Quality Standard

The service has the highest possible accreditation rating “Exceeding National Quality Standards” as awarded by the NSW Department of Education.

Beyond the classroom curriculum

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.

Consistency of educators

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.

Mindfulness programs for educators and staff

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.

Evidence-based programs

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.

OWNER / OPERATOR

of Explore & Develop Macquarie Park


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Libby Klingberg

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.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

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0 – 2 years

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.

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2 – 3 years

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.

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3 – 5 years

Our preschool rooms are committed to laying strong educational foundations and preparing children for the transition to primary school life.

We provide children with

  • School Readiness Program covering kindergarten Key Learning Areas
  • Mindfulness Program (MindUP!) to nurture pro-social skills and social-emotional competence
  • Beyond the Classroom curriculum involving excursion programs, Bush School and Swim School
  • Imagination Library Literacy Program.

Our fees are inclusive of morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, late snack, nappies, and sunscreen.

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Outdoor environment

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.

CONTACT US

Explore & Develop Macquarie Park


Address

6 – 8 Giffnock Avenue
Macquarie Park
NSW 2113

Phone & Email

Centre Phone: (02) 9889 1200
Enrolments Phone: (02) 9889 1400
Centre Email: macquariepark@exploreanddevelop.com.au
Enrolments Email: enrolments.mpnr@exploreanddevelop.com.au

Business Hours

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.