ABOUT EXPLORE & DEVELOP

Waitara


Explore & Develop Waitara implements a play-based curriculum based on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).

This curriculum sees our educators regularly observing the children to establish their interests, strengths, and skills. These observations are then used within our online documenting system (Kinderloop) as the basis of our weekly program. Kinderloop is accessible to families via an app to allow them to participate in their child’s learning at the service.

Our weekly program allows for a range of experiences that are based on the interests of the group, with an emphasis on play-based learning recognizing the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) social and emotional development, as well as physical development and coordination. This can be seen in all our environments, both inside and outside.

We also incorporate a “Transition to School” program into our long day care service. This program is designed to develop the necessary social and emotional skills within the children to allow them to function independently when they commence school. We do this through play-based learning experiences focusing on self-help skills, extending children’s ability to participate in structured small group experiences and supporting the development of early language, literacy and numeracy skills.

Privately owned and operated

Explore & Develop Waitara is a purpose built Early Childhood Education and Care service that is privately owned and operated by Jo Iles, an Early Childhood professional, who is also a mum.

Experienced teams of educators

Our experienced teams of educators hold Certificate III, Diploma, or Bachelor Degrees in Early Childhood Education. They also undergo Working with Children Checks, have current First Aid training and regularly participate in ongoing professional development.

Quality rating

Our service has been assessed and rated against the seven Quality Areas of the National Quality Standard, and the Education and Care Services National Regulations. Our overall rating was “Meeting National Quality Standard” in January 2019. Our “Education Program and Practice” and our “Relationships with Children” were rated as “Exceeding National Quality Standard”

Indoor learning environments

Our indoor learning environments are divided into five generous, well-resourced rooms to ensure that each age group is catered for across the 0 to five year age range

Outdoor learning environments

Our outdoor learning environment is divided into two separate areas to cater for the 0 to two, and two to five year age groups, providing a mix of shaded and sunny spaces, featuring established gardens.

Nutritional meals provided

Our service prepares all its meals daily onsite using fresh ingredients to ensure that a minimum of 50% of a child’s recommended daily intake of all nutrients is provided for each day in care.

OWNER / OPERATOR

of Explore & Develop Waitara


Explore & Develop Waitara child care and preschool Owner
Jo Iles

Jo Iles began operating this service in June, 2009. She holds a Diploma of Children’s Services and she has been educating children since 1994. She believes that children have the right to be educated in a stimulating environment that provides opportunities for lots of play-based learning. Collaboration between families and educators bridge the gap between home and the service, to ensure that children receive consistent care. Children then develop a strong sense of self, and feel confident and secure to reach their full potential as they leave the service for further education.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

Explore & Develop Waitara


Explore & Develop Waitara childcare Joey room
Joey Room

12 children, 6 weeks – 18 months

  • All nutritional meals, formula, nappies, linen, & sunscreen provided
  • Breastfeeding room available for nursing mothers
  • Dedicated cot room for the Joey children
  • We provide a 1:4 adult-to-child ratio with a team of three qualified & experienced Early Childhood Educators
  • Personalised & developmentally appropriate play-based learning curriculum
  • Supportive partnerships to develop nurturing routines that are reflective of home
  • Secure online learning portal for families to access daily learning experiences.
  • Individual learning assessments delivered twice a year accompanied by a parent teacher interview
Explore & Develop Waitara childcare Bilby room
Bilby Room

16 children, 18 months – 2.5 years

  • All nutritional meals, nappies, & sunscreen provided
  • We provide a 1:4 adult-to-child ratio with a team of four qualified & experienced Early Childhood Educators
  • Personalised & developmentally appropriate play-based learning curriculum
  • Toilet training & self-help skill development
  • Secure online learning portal for families to access daily learning experiences.
  • Individual learning assessments delivered twice a year accompanied by a parent teacher interview
Explore & Develop Waitara childcare Koala room
Koala Room

15 children, 2.5 years – 3.5 years

  • All nutritional meals, nappies, & sunscreen provided
  • We provide a 1:5 adult-to-child ratio with a team of three qualified & experienced Early Childhood Educators
  • Personalised & developmentally appropriate play-based learning curriculum
  • Toilet training & self-help skill development
  • We focus on encouraging the development of early social relationships through language & positive communication, negotiation & empathy.
  • Secure online learning portal for families to access daily learning experiences.
  • Individual learning assessments delivered twice a year accompanied by a parent teacher interview
  • Onsite optional music & movement class for children enrolled in the pre-school side of our service
Explore & Develop Waitara childcare Possum room
Possum Room (Junior Preschool)

20 children, 3 years – 4 years

  • All nutritional meals, & sunscreen provided
  • We provide a 1:7 adult-to-child ratio with a team of three qualified & experienced Early Childhood Educators
  • Personalised & developmentally appropriate play-based learning curriculum
  • Toilet training & self-help skill development
  • Partnerships with families to support our junior pre-schoolers in preparing for their transition to primary school.
  • Our junior pre-schoolers will focus on questioning, investigating & problem solving, & they are supported in strengthening their self-help skills & independence.
  • Secure online learning portal for families to access daily learning experiences.
  • Individual learning assessments delivered twice a year accompanied by a parent teacher interview
  • Onsite optional music & movement class for children enrolled in the pre-school side of our service
Explore & Develop Waitara childcare Wombat room
Wombat Room (Senior Preschool)

26 children, 4 years – 5+ years

  • All nutritional meals, & sunscreen provided
  • We provide a 1:9 adult-to-child ratio with a team of three qualified & experienced Early Childhood Educators
  • Personalised & developmentally appropriate play-based learning curriculum
  • Partnerships with families to support our senior pre-schoolers in preparing for their transition to primary school.
  • Our senior pre-schoolers will participate in experiences that offer challenges to extend upon their own interests, skills & abilities to create confident & involved learners who are independent.
  • Embedded early literacy & numeracy program through everything that we do.
  • Secure online learning portal for families to access daily learning experiences.
  • Individual learning assessments delivered twice a year accompanied by a parent teacher interview
  • Onsite optional music & movement class for children enrolled in the pre-school side of our service
Explore & Develop Waitara childcare outdoor environment
Outdoor environment
  • Two separate outdoor environments; 6 weeks – 2.5 years, & 2.5 years – 5+ years
  • Our outdoor environments offer shaded & sunny areas with a variety of flat & gently sloping open areas for the children to explore.
  • Our environments feature established gardens including vegetable gardens, fruit trees & a worm farm to foster an appreciation of nature & the foods we can produce in it.
  • We offer daily Fundamental Movement sessions for the children to participate in educator led physically active experiences. As well as child directed physical experiences with a range of quality outdoor resources & equipment.

CONTACT US

Explore & Develop Waitara


Address

41-43 Balmoral Street
Waitara
NSW 2077

Business Hours

7:30am to 6:00pm
Monday to Friday