At Explore & Develop Terrigal, your child will be part of a truly holistic education program from the day they begin. Our curriculum aligns with the Walker Learning approach to early childhood education.

This teaching and learning approach is founded on neuroscience research and recognises the importance of relationships and attachment, as well as intentional teaching practices.

By focusing on building strong connections with the children, the Walker Learning Approach provides the opportunity to understand each individual child’s stage of development. This enables educators to support the children to be the best they can be and are prepared for their life ahead.

Our aim is to foster resilience and confidence in children giving them a passion for investigating and inquiring about their world and to become lifelong learners. Together with our current early childhood practices, Explore & Develop Terrigal provides a beautiful learning environment with a natural outdoor area for children to explore.

Highly qualified educators

It is Explore & Develops stated aim to maintain the highest professional teaching standards in a happy and resourceful working environment for our employees. We are committed to continuous professional learning and development ensuring the highest standards of education and care for children.

Natural outdoor environments

Our service provides a texturally rich and natural outdoor environment for children to investigate and be stimulated while exploring areas such as sand pits, grassed areas and open spaces that are safe for energetic play.

Health and well-being

Our food is prepared on the premises by our chef, who is specially trained in child nutrition, ensuring meals are well balanced with all the essential vitamins and nutrients children need for an active, fun-filled day.

Family and community focused

Supporting our children and families to feel connected with their community also assists them to become aware of similarities, differences and connections between people, to broaden their understanding of the community they live in. We support various fundraising initiatives by gold coin donation such as Cancer Council, Asthma Foundation and Kids Cancer Council.


Our bushwalk, beach, reptile park and transport excursions are planned throughout the year to extend children’s learning and expand children’s concepts of the world around them and their role in society.

Exceeding national standards

Under the National Quality Framework, Explore & Develop Terrigal received a rating of ‘Exceeding National Quality Standard’. Please click the link to view our assessment and rating certificate.


of Explore & Develop Terrigal

Suzanne Chiha
Suzanne Chiha

MBA, Diploma in Financial Services (Financial Planning), Certificate III Children’s Services, Diploma of Children’s Services, Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood).

“My personal philosophy has evolved over many years, through my experience in travel and from my own wonderful childhood growing up on the Central Coast. I believe that children need natural environments to explore, trained educators to support their learning and a community rich with diversity to nurture their development.

Each child is an individual and I wish to provide children with the best possible environment from which they can gain confidence and develop social and emotional skills, which will prepare them for life.

Each child will be loved, cherished and encouraged to reach their full potential, through my hands-on leadership and caring, professional educator guidance.”


Explore & Develop Terrigal


We pride ourselves on offering a high-quality nurturing environment for children and their families during their first year at Explore & Develop Terrigal.

We work in partnership with families in order to create home-like routines for the children, providing a smooth transition between home and the service. Our well-resourced indoor environment and shaded natural outdoor environment encourage stimulation and motivation for curious infants to explore in safe, protective, learning spaces.

To support children’s transition from bottle feeds to solid foods, we provide infant formula for children in our Butterfly room. Nan Comfort and Bellamy’s Organic formula are provided at required stages and offered to children who are having bottle feeds. For those who would prefer to provide breast milk or an alternative formula we can store it for you.

Fee $147


Children in our Ladybird room love the opportunities available to them to exercise their new-found independence. Their confidence is building, encouraging them to take on new challenges. Carefully planned learning environments invite children to explore and discover numerous opportunities. Our dedicated and skilled educator team support each child’s emerging self-help skills, such as feeding and hand-washing. Educators plan specialised programs tailored to meet each child’s interests and developmental levels.

Fee $147

Busy Bees

Our Busy Bee room delivers space for our toddlers to explore, discover, create and imagine through play- based learning. Children’s independence is growing, and milestones, such as toilet training, are supported through partnerships with families. The curious nature and growing language skills of this age group stimulates their wonder of the world around them. Their questioning skills support their own learning, and connects them with the interest-based program, which aims to offer new experiences and development opportunities.

Fee $147

Junior Preschool

The Dragonfly room is where children enter their junior preschool year. Autonomy and independence are continuously promoted. Children’s involvement in setting class rules and guidelines helps them to develop a sense of respect for themselves, their peers, and their environment. Through an interest projects and a play-based program, children explore and build foundation skills in areas such as numeracy, science, creative arts, language and literacy. As social and emotional skills mature, we begin to see more solid friendships evolve with children working together on shared goals.

Fee $140

Senior Preschool

This is our senior preschool year, and the year in which most children prepare for life beyond Explore & Develop. Children at this age have a strong sense of autonomy and are keen participants in their learning environments. During this year, we extend upon and refine skills in key learning areas. There is a strong focus on skills such as social, emotional, literacy, numeracy and fine motor through the interest play based program and projects.

Skilled educators work closely with families, school teachers and other early childhood professionals to ensure that each child has a positive transition to school. Our transition to school program promotes skills in areas such as academia, conflict resolution, self-help and self-confidence.

Fee $140

Outdoor environment

Explore & Develop Terrigal provides a texturally rich natural outdoor environment offering endless opportunities for discovery, exploration, creativity and learning. The environment not only challenges children’s physical well-being but also encourages children to take considered risks. It is through risk that children challenge themselves and further their own development in order to grow and learn both mentally, physically and emotionally.


Explore & Develop Terrigal


456a Terrigal Drive
Terrigal NSW

Business Hours

Monday – Friday
7.00am – 6.00pm

Open 50 weeks per year (excluding Public Holidays)