Explore & Develop Penrith South is accessible from the M4 Motorway via the Northern Road, furthermore we are conveniently located to the Nepean Hospital Precinct, including Nepean Private Hospital. Our surrounding streets (Derby Street and Lethbridge Street) provide a variety of specialists,, medical centres and other professional establishments.
Explore & Develop Penrith South fosters an emergent curriculum. Generally speaking, this means that when educators program and plan for children they are using children’s interests to do this. Explore & Develop Penrith South have a play-based learning style which allows children to explore, wonder and be curious in their environment. This supports children to problem solve, think rationally, use skills of trial and error, and much more.
The benefits of play can be seen as a positive approach to learning that accommodates for educator involvement. This is important as we believe that educator involvement is crucial to support each individual child in their learning. Through play and exploring their interests, children learn to be independent in their learning however recognise when they need assistance. This, in turn, allows for educators to foster and scaffold children’s learning.
Another component of our curriculum which is very important to us, is creating time for our families. We feel by doing this we are helping them feel comfortable and welcome which also allows for a connection to the child’s home which fundamentally links the child’s beliefs, culture and facilitates communication.
Owned and operated by local, Early Childhood professionals, we have a strong commitment to the provision of quality care and education. We are passionate and invest in professional development offering only the best practice in the Early Childhood sector.
Here at Explore & Develop Penrith South, our educational curriculum is guided by Australia’s National Curriculum; the Early Years Learning Framework (ELYF). We use the outcomes, principles and practices outlined in the EYLF to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth through to transitioning to school.
We actively seek ways to engage our local community, as our curriculum includes teaching and connecting the children to the world in which they live. This helps to invoke a sense of curiosity and fuels children’s inquiring minds. We passionately support local community events – Relay for Life, 65 Roses Day and the NAIDOC Cup, just to name a few.
We believe the inclusion of indigenous perspectives and culture has many benefits for all children. Explore & Develop, as a group, have a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and working party. As an extension of this our service has developed our own RAP.
All of our indoor and outdoor environments have been thoughtfully designed to create environments that are nurturing and stimulating. This incorporates appropriate levels of challenge and risk that engages a child’s natural curiosity, builds on their independent exploration.
In 2018, we were rated as a service that exceeds the National Quality Standard.
“We are both proud mothers and our guiding rule of thumb is to provide our families nothing less than we would expect and want for our own children. We have a strong passion and commitment to care and education for all children and families at our service.
Together, we also own and operate Explore & Develop Penrith, and Explore & Develop Penrith South. We manage our time by working a week in each service. We have both established relationships and friendships with the children in our care, their families, our educators and staff. We believe this is an essential ingredient to having successful businesses.
It is truly our privilege to be trusted with the education and care of your child. Our hope is to become a valued extension of your family— as you are to ours.”
The education that my son has received while attending Explore & Develop has been second to none, I have no concerns at all with him attending big school next year because of the preparation that his educators have put into the educational program. The way in which the staff have all embraced the celebration and education of Aboriginal culture truly warms my heart. Explore and Develop are true pioneers in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector, an example that other early childhood education and care services should strive to emulate.
Highly recommend, the facility and teachers are fantastic!
Love them – can’t recommend them enough!
Amazing Centre, wonderful staff and owners.
I just wanted to thank you both so much for the amazing time we spent with your wonderful staff over the past 8 months attending your Centre.
Words cannot express just how grateful we are for the love and care Joshua has been blessed with.
I just received Joshua’s portfolio and it is such a wonderful reflection of how much your team cared for him and helped him in his learning journey.
0 – 2 years
Our Caterpillar Nursery encapsulates the feeling of a nurturing home–like environment. Our environment has soft textured furnishings creating a relaxing feel. We value your child’s home routine and your child’s individual sleep and feeding routine are followed. There are lots of hugs and individual attention to ensure that your child feels safe, secure and has a sense of belonging. As active and inquisitive learners they are discovering their language, independence, social and emotional skills – all within their busy day at Explore & Develop.
2 – 3 years
Our Butterfly Room delivers the toddlers their own spaces to explore, discover, create and imagine through play based learning. The environment and programs are vibrant, flexible and responsive to the interests and abilities of each child. Experiences will include puzzles, literacy and numeracy activities, construction activities, creative arts, music (cognitive development). Learning to communicate with our friends, using their developing and new found language skills (social and emotional) are very important to our toddlers. So too, are fine motor and gross motor skill development, where our outdoor environment caters for all their energy. Thus, covering all developmental domains and learning areas.
3 – 4 years
The Bumble Bee Room supports children to focus on social and emotional skills, as well as developing the academic needs of all children. The environment is organised to allow for easy flow between experiences, allowing children to create and choose which experiences they wish to participate in. This environment provides a space that allows for individuality, a feeling of belonging and opportunities for children to make choices in a supported environment. They will be encouraged to collaborate with their peers and educators. Here, they can think, dream and explore whilst preparing for our Preschool Program in the Grasshopper Room.
4 – 5 years
The Grasshopper Room provides our children with a preschool program which encourages the pre-literacy skills of reading and language, social and emotional development, creativity and imagination. These are the formative years and we aim to engage and support children in their learning. We provide a safe, supportive environment where children are continuing to be encouraged with practicing decision-making and self-help skills. Our aim is to preserve the uniqueness of each child, while providing authentic opportunities for growth. We acknowledge each child as a capable and resourceful learner and support your child’s sense of self and well-being. We aim to provide children with the confidence to interact with adults and other peers, providing a strong transition to ‘Big School’.
Our outdoor play space is designed with an emphasis on natural and sustainable areas with specific multi-use and specific play purposes. Our aim is to provide an outdoor play space that invites open-ended interactions, spontaneity, risk-taking, exploration, discovery and a connection with nature. Spaces have been created where children can have a relaxing and peaceful experience whether it be individually or together as a group experience.
Explore & Develop Penrith south is very proud to be working with Reconciliation Australia and to be part of the inaugural Narragunnawali Awards, recognising reconciliation excellence in the education sector. Explore & Develop Penrith south won the category for early learning services. Along with this award we have been recognised with exceptional commitment to reconciliation in the classroom and with the community.
We were also very privileged to have had the judging panel visit out service (Geraldine Atkinson, Sharon Davis and Professor Peter Buckskin). We are looking forward to having our celebratory event at our Early Learning Service for the whole community to enjoy within Reconciliation week. We feel extremely proud to of won this amazing award.