About Explore & Develop - Castlereagh Street (Sydney CBD)

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Explore & Develop Castlereagh Street Sydney is like no other Centre in the Sydney CBD. Operated by Paul who is the owner and Director, he is there 5 days a week making sure your needs are addressed and the Centre runs smoothly. Parents often comment on the great vibe that they feel from our service which is partly due to our one of a kind learning environments and mostly by the connection that is evident between our educators and children.  

The service offers a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years old, 7.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday.  Given our extended opening hours, we also offer additional services to support families such as all meals for children from breakfast through to dinner and a private breastfeeding room. Parents are able to use our carpark for dropoff and pickup, even during the day if needed for a business meeting.

Our aim is to provide a welcoming home like environment where children and families feel they belong and they are part of a community. Parents can feel assured that the owner of the service will be available on site daily, together with an experienced and highly qualified team of educators that are fully supported by the Explore & Develop group. 

We invite you to come on a tour and see for yourself why our parents say that we are the best centre in the city.

National quality standard rating: Meeting National Quality Standard.

  • Long Day Care (Child Care Centre)
  • Occasional, Casual or Flexible Care
  • Pre-school

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6 wks to 15 mths S M T W T F S
15 mths to 26 mths S M T W T F S
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3 yrs to 6 yrs S M T W T F S
6 wks to 15 mths S M T W T F S
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2 yrs to 3 yrs S M T W T F S
3 yrs to 6 yrs S M T W T F S
    • Long Day Care
    • $173 /day
    • for ages 6wks to 2yrs
    • Long Day Care
    • $168 /day
    • for ages 2yrs to 3yrs
    • Long Day Care
    • $163 /day
    • for ages 3yrs to 5yrs
    • Fee includes: Meals Provided, Nappies.

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National quality standard rating

Overall Rating - Meeting National Quality Standard (MORE)
Quality Area Rating
Educational Program and Practice Meeting National Quality Standard
Children's Health and Safety Meeting National Quality Standard
Physical environment Meeting National Quality Standard
Staffing Arrangements Exceeding National Quality Standard
Relationships with children Exceeding National Quality Standard
Collaborative partnerships with families and communities Meeting National Quality Standard
Governance and leadership Meeting National Quality Standard

NQS Rating last updated: 15-Jul-2020

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Excellent Quality 14 ratings more
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  • Environment & Facilities
  • Food Preparation & Nutrition
  • Health & Safety
  • Learning & Developmental Programs
  • Management Staff & Supervision
  • Value for Money
  • Warmth & Empathy towards children

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My Daughter has attended at Explore and Develop 3 days per week since May 2016 and recently has moved on to big school. The care and education that my Daughter received throughout her time at EAD was nothing short of exceptional and I would happily recommend EAD to anyone who needs childcare in Sydney CBD. The educators and management are 100% dedicated to the health, well-being and education of your little ones and keep you informed as to your child's progress at every stage. I always felt that my Daughter was receiving the highest standard of care whenever I handed her over into the care of EAD. In particular, my Daughter formed a beautiful relationship with her main educators, Eleni and Teresa throughout her years at EAD, and I trusted them completely. The food that EAD provide to the children is always fresh and healthy, and the centre itself is a beautiful oasis with stacks of fun learning resources and toys. Over the years, our families circumstances changed and we needed to make changes to the days in which our Daughter received care. Paul, the Director was always helpful and accommodating.
Our son has attended Explore and Develop for the past 6 months, and it has been a joy to see him grow from strength to strength under the care of the warm and attentive staff. He loves to explore the beautiful open space and outdoor area, and is learning so much from the thoughtfully curated toys and activities at the center. His transition from the baby to the toddler room was handled so well, and we were kept very well informed of his progress. The staff communicate with us several times a day via Kinderloop and it is the highlight of our day to see him engaging in a new fun game with his friends. The center is impeccably clean and the food is nutritious and of a good variety. They have also been able to accommodate for food allergies. Overall, Explore and Develop has been one of the highlights of our time in Sydney and we are sad to be leaving soon to return to our home in San Francisco.