Every young child experiences excellence in early education and care, inspiring learning for life.
At KU, we nurture and grow children's learning. We partner with families and communities, and value children as citizens who create, think and do.
We recognise childhood as a special time in itself; a time for all children to be immersed in secure and trusting environments that allow them to explore, play, discover and learn. We nurture the development of identity, confidence and capability which form the foundations of a lifelong love of learning. We ensure the voices of children contribute to the work that we do and the decisions we make.
Integrity & Relationships
We act with honesty, openness and consistency. Our relationships are respectful, mutual and reciprocal and are built on trust, authenticity and ethical behaviour. We welcome feedback and make decisions that are responsible and fair.
We are driven by the passionate pursuit of quality early childhood education and encourage others to share that journey. We lead by example, drawing on our experience and knowledge to shape early childhood education thinking, policy and practice.
We have the courage to pursue bold visions of the future. We are committed to continual professional learning and organisational development. We collaborate and explore new ideas and different ways of thinking.
We acknowledge and consider both our heritage and our future. We embrace our responsibilities within the world around us – to our children and communities, our people, our environments and the long term sustainability of our organisation.
Diversity & Inclusion
We recognise that everyone has their own culture, beliefs, values and strengths contributing to our rich and diverse community. We embrace, advocate for, and invest in the rights of all children to access and actively participate in our programs and have a sense of truly belonging.
The launch of this Strategic Plan marks 125 years since KU was founded; 125 years since early childhood education in Australia began; 125 years of social impact; and making a difference to the lives of children and families through our high quality early childhood education and care programs.
Some things, that are at the core of who we are, have endured over time; KU remains very proudly not-for-profit, and we are uncompromising in our commitment to quality early education because we believe Australian children deserve nothing less.
However, throughout each phase in KU’s journey, our organisation has grown and evolved; responding to the changing needs of families, and adapting to better reflect the communities we serve.
As we take our first steps towards the next 125 years, KU is guided by a new Strategic Plan; a roadmap for the next stage of our journey.
In developing this plan, we looked to the future and considered how KU can have an even greater impact; and how we can continue making a difference for children through early education and care in a rapidly changing world.
We asked ourselves; how do we leverage our strengths? What needs to change? What do we need to consolidate or improve? Importantly, we also considered how to do this whilst staying true to ourselves, to the uniqueness of KU and our vision for Australian children.
Over the next 3 years, our key priorities will be: