The moment you walk through our doors you will experience early childhood education as you have never seen it before. The facilities and attention to detail in the centre are unsurpassed. Our playground is special and incorporates natural play spaces, with endless opportunities for exploration and imaginative play. There is an open, relaxed atmosphere where we cater for each child's intellectual, aesthetic, moral, social, emotional and physical development, for the best start to education in a Christian environment. We aim to create a stimulating, attractive, supportive and responsible environment which is conducive to learning. Exploring Tree Macarthur is a “Reggio Emilia” inspired centre. The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it. Read More.
We have designed the centre after consultation with children, (their input on the playground design was amazing) families, educators, early childhood experts, the National Quality Standards and Early Years Learning Framework.
The opportunities for your child include sports, arts, languages, music, numeracy and literacy concepts, conservation and sustainability education. Our interest and concern for your child is foremost at all times, so please feel free to speak with staff at any time. We believe that every child is a miracle from God. As such, we strive for each child to be treated as such, in an environment which upholds Christian values. We want every child to know that God loves them unconditionally and has a special purpose for their life.
Children benefit from a close understanding between centre educators and parents in the nurturing process. Our educators recognise the importance of parents being the primary influence in their child's life and therefore strive to continually develop and maintain close links with the home and family. We encourage parent participation in all areas of the program according to their individual needs, interests and opportunities. Parents are encouraged, by newsletters and direct discussion, to form a close association with the centre. We encourage parent involvement in events and meetings. Please see any of our educators if you would like to be more involved in any way.
The centre has a high level security and surveillance system in every room, which ensures peace of mind. All visitors must enter through our reception area, and access to the classrooms is impossible without our staff. Exploring Tree Macarthur is fully registered, licensed and accredited, and meets the requirements of Camden Council, the Department of Community Services, and the Board of Fire Commissioners.
Exploring Tree Macarthur is located on the grounds of Macarthur Anglican School in Cobbitty. Our early learning centre is managed by Robyn & Brett Legge and is run independently to the school. Located just one minute from the Northern Road and ten minutes from Camden and Narellan, Exploring Tree is a stone's throw from the growth centre of the Macarthur region.
Children are born with amazing potential and capacities, curiosity, a drive to understand, the capacity to express themselves in many ways, are full of amazement and wonder, and the desire to form relationships with others and with the physical world. At Exploring Tree Macarthur, we defend and promote the rights of all children. Our educators promote a strong and positive image of children as citizens and active participants in the community. We want every child to know that God loves them unconditionally and has a special purpose for their life. Our educators strive for active, constructive and creative learning by children as they research, observe and document children’s interpretations of their world.
Our centre's philosophy emphasises learning through play. Through a balance of structured play, exploration learning, and group participation, children can develop. Our program will be appropriate to the children in attendance, and support their different stages of development. We are committed to the inclusion of all children and families. We will identify and respond to their interests, value and acknowledge their experiences and individuality. We aim to build their self-esteem and self-identity, and encourage and extend their knowledge and appreciation of the world around them.
We treat children with respect and build upon their qualities and attributes to increase their self-esteem and desire to learn. Staff will interact in a positive manner, encouraging children in their efforts rather than in only their achievements, focusing on the process, not the end product. We aim to provide a program that reflects cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We will focus on anti-bias, and non-sexist curriculum, as part of the daily routine. We will respect family's values and seek their involvement in the program, our policies, and all aspects of our service.
We aim to meet and extend licensing standards and Quality Improvement and Accreditation requirements. We aim to create an enthusiastic and positive atmosphere for the staff, which encourages initiative and co-operation. We aim to develop mutual respect, courtesy and understanding. Our staff will be made aware of our expectations and their duties, and be provided with relevant training and development. Our centre is sensitive to the needs of surrounding residents in relation to parking, noise, and the aesthetic appeal of our centre, play areas and fencing. We aim to provide for the changing needs of the local community, and to ensure the cultural diversity of our community is recognised, valued, respected, and celebrated.
Robyn Legge (Key) has been working in the Early childhood field since 1989. Robyn grew up with a love of children, and even as a toddler would line up dolls and “play school.” She spent her primary and high school years babysitting, nannying, and teaching Sunday School. Robyn went to Charles Sturt University (Then called Mitchell College of Advanced Education) full-time from 1986 to 1988 inclusive and completed a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood). During these years in Bathurst, Robyn was a nanny to two University lecturers’ children Read More.
The centre is being built by Robyn’s partner, Brett Legge, of BJ Legge Builders, whose carpentry and building skills are exemplary, and a manifestation of his honesty and integrity. Brett has been building homes, school, churches, shops and medical practices around The Blue Mountains and Penrith, for almost 40 years. Brett's References.
Jessica Owens started her childcare career at eighteen, she has completed her Certificate 3 & Diploma In childcare, also a Bachelor of Early Childhood Degree. At a young age Jessica opened her first centre, and continued to work as the Director for the following 6 years gaining such wonderful experience and setting the foundations for her career. Since this first Directors role, Jessica's passion for Early Childhood has continued to grow and develop, including setting up and opening a number of new services, and most recently the role as an Operations Manager, where Jessica was responsible for overseeing all day to day operations of twelve Early Learning Centres Read More
Sustainability is an important part of Exploring Tree Macarthur, from our building and playground, curriculum and resources, right through to our locally based community partnerships.
Sustainability can be seen in our natural ventilation and light across all our learning rooms, renewable technologies including solar panels, the use of rain water for our gardens, our chickens producing eggs, the use of reclaimed timber, the reduction of chemicals used in the building, fit out, maintenance and on-going cleaning, as well as organic gardens and fruit trees grown at the centre and used by the centre chef.