KU has a longstanding commitment to supporting the most vulnerable in our community, in particular the inclusion of children with complex or additional needs, or those who have been underrepresented in early childhood education settings.

Last year alone, KU made a significant impact in the lives of thousands of children and families:

  • 716 families increased their child’s engagement with the community through KU Family Programs
  • 6,219 hours of NDIS funded services were delivered
  • 703 children with additional needs were included in KU services assisted by KU’s Education Support Team.
  • 1,653 children from refugee and new migrant families were welcomed to Australia through childcare in KU’s Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) services
  • 7,361 early childhood education services were supported by KU Inclusion Agency staff
  • 200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children accessed early childhood education through KU Services
  • 14 KU centres in disadvantaged areas offered additional or new supports and services
  • KU reinvested $1.8M in socially impactful programs

We will continue to strengthen our commitment to supporting the most vulnerable children to participate in early childhood education as set out in our 2020-2022 Strategic Priorities – KU will make a positive social impact.

KU’s own financial investment for a range of critical projects including support for centres in areas of significant social disadvantage is vital for their continued operation.

Aligned to the KU Strategic Plan and KU’s 125 years of social impact, and through support from the KU Marcia Burgess Foundation, KU plans to develop some new initiatives and programs designed to provide greater access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and carers and young people to early childhood education.

We are committed to eliminating the exclusion of Aboriginal voices, as we work in meaningful relationships with communities, listening and advancing their suggestions.

In consultation with KU’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program team and the Ashmont, Wagga Wagga community, the need to engage the employment of a Cultural Facilitator and development of community led program was identified.

This program sees a phased approach to engaging with individual Aboriginal communities at a local level, increasing participation rates in quality early childhood education services, building relationships over time, and ultimately responding to the unique needs identified by that community in the longer term, via bespoke program delivery or funding.

The KU Marcia Foundation Committee is working hard to raise the funds to make the KU Difference where it matters most.