• About Explore & Develop

  • Explore & Develop Roseville is conveniently located close to Chatswood, at 388 Eastern Valley Way, Roseville. We provide a safe, caring and educational environment for all children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. The centre is open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 6:00pm.

    Explore & Develop Roseville aims to encourage children to imagine, explore and learn, all within a nurturing and home 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. Our sustainable practices are embedded in everything we do, and we value the use of natural resources.

    Together with individual observations of children, we work in partnership with families to build on each child’s interests and developmental needs. Families’ expertise, culture, values and beliefs are respected, and they share in the decision making about their child’s learning and wellbeing. We welcome you and your family to Explore & Develop Roseville.

    • Family owned and operated

      Explore & Develop Roseville is owned and operated by a local, North Shore family. Chantal Donohoe is on-site daily to manage and support educators, children and their families.

    • Designed for learning

      Designed in collaboration with leading architects and experienced early childhood professionals to create an environment that is nurturing and stimulating whilst providing appropriate levels of challenge and risk, to engage the natural curiosity and developmental growth for children at every stage.

    • Community and family focused

      We are committed to forming supportive and genuine relationships with each other and our community.

    • Experienced

      With nearly 10 years’ of Early Childhood Education and Care industry experience, Chantal Donohoe holds a Diploma in Children’s Services and is a mother of 2 children. As Owner-Operator, Chantal truly understands the needs of families, whilst supporting staff and educators to provide the highest quality of education and care for children throughout their early years.

    • Naturally landscaped outdoor learning environments

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

    • Commitment to the environment

      Throughout our environments and programs, we strive to include natural, sustainable resources both indoors and outdoors.

  • Owner/Operator

    of Explore & Develop Roseville
    • Chantal Donohoe

      Chantal is a local North Shore mother to two young children and an Early Childhood Educator, passionate about encouraging children to imagine, explore, discover and create. She believes in giving children security, support and respect.

      Being on-site, Chantal is able to manage and support our educators, families and children, and create an environment that is an extension of the children’s homes, providing a fluid transition from their family home to our service.

      Chantal aims to exceed the needs of the community, by building nurturing and trusting relationships where children, families and educators feel that they belong. She is committed to the environment and ensures sustainability is at the forefront of her daily practice, whilst creating engaging natural environments.

      Chantal’s aim is to ensure that children progress from early childhood as confident learners, ready to engage in formal schooling.

    • “A point that makes Explore & Develop Roseville a reliable place for children, is the owner of the centre takes full management responsibility and works there every day with a great team.”

    • “Chantal is an amazing Educator, the children in her care are her #1 priority. On the first day of care for my 10-month old baby, she popped him into the carrier to get him to sleep because he wasn’t settling in his cot – I don’t know of any other child care provider who would do this, and we feel very lucky to have her.”

    • “Explore & Develop Roseville is reliable, friendly and attentive. The educators are very thorough in understanding our kids’ needs and we cannot be happier with getting a placement here. The centre has outdoor and indoor spaces, which are carefully curated for the different age groups.”

    • “Chantal and the team have been nothing but professional and caring in everything they have done for our child. Their communication with the families is amazing with regular updates and information on all that is going on with the children and the centre. The centre is new and absolutely phenomenal in every way and has been designed with the children in mind, to give them the most educational and fun time.”

    • “We joined Explore and Develop, Roseville, at the start of September and we could not be happier. My son is thriving – the educators go above and beyond to engage with the kids and encourage them to explore, while helping them feel safe and secure enough to do so.”

    • “The team at Explore & Develop Roseville are amazing. They are friendly, caring, and professional. The centre itself is brand new, and they have done a great job creating welcoming indoor and outdoor spaces.”

      Sept 2020
    • “We feel very lucky to be able to put our son in your centre. He is so happy here, every afternoon when I pick him up, he is always asking: Can I come here tomorrow mummy? Thank you for providing such a good environment and program, and excellent educators.”

  • Learning Environments

    Explore & Develop Roseville
    • Nursery
      birth – 2 years
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        Children's learning and development starts at birth and our aim is to provide a safe, clean, nurturing and stimulating environment for the children in our care. The room is divided giving the younger infants and the older infants their own spaces where they feel safe, secure and nurtured. Two beautifully designed cot rooms to ensure a home-like environment. Age appropriate resources, materials and equipment are provided to encourage children to explore and investigate using all their senses.
    • Toddlers
      2 – 3 years
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        The spaces in our 2-3 years environment are designed to encourage the children to explore, discover, create and imagine through a play based curriculum. The environment and program is vibrant and flexible and responsive to the interests and abilities of each child. Learning centre’s include puzzles, literacy and numeracy activities, construction activities, creative arts, music and pretend play set ups.
    • Pre School
      4 – 5 years
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        This room provides a specially designed preschool program that focuses on both the academic, social and emotional skills of the children. Whilst preparing children for school there is a strong emphasis on developing the children's confidence and independence as well as the necessary skills for starting school and lifelong learning.
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        The areas within the room are organised to allow for easy flow between experiences, creating a sense of order, a feeling of belonging and opportunities for children to make choices, collaborate with others, be active or quiet or find a space where they can think, dream and watch others.
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        Our aim is to resource children with technologies to investigate their environment. There is an active Smart Board and iPads as part of the preschool program to assist in fostering children's language skills, creativity, constructive interactions, thinking and problem solving skills.
    • Outdoor environment
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        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 connection with nature. Spaces have been created where children can have a relaxing and peaceful experience either alone or together in a group.
  • 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 ambience, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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