Our Vision and Purpose

Every child has a right to feel safe, nurtured, valued and heard.

At KU, we contribute to this by delivering, supporting and leading high quality inclusive play-based learning programs. We provide opportunities for children to become the creators, thinkers and doers of today and tomorrow.

Our Values

Childhood
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.

Leadership
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.

Innovation
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.

Sustainability
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 and advocate for the rights of all children to access and actively participate in our programs and have a sense of truly belonging.

KU's Strategic Plan 2017 to 2019

Creating, Thinking and Doing for today and tomorrow.

From humble beginnings in 1895, our organisation has grown and evolved into a modern KU for today’s children and Australian families. In 2016 the Board and Executive worked together to reflect on KU’s experiences in today’s operating landscape, and to develop a Strategic Plan, becoming the organisation’s roadmap to the future, and specifically the three years 2017-2019.

This bold Strategic Plan builds on, and aligns with, KU’s Vision, Purpose and our six core values.

In delivering our strategic objectives and goals, KU must continue to do what it does well and leverage our existing strengths. Just as we nurture and support children to develop and grow, we need to nurture the organisation to continue to improve, evolve, create and grow.

The Board and Executive were proud to launch KU’s Strategic Plan 2017 to 2019; Creating, Thinking and Doing for today and tomorrow. It is a plan developed to challenge both KU and others in the sector. Over the next three years, we will look beyond what we do today to see what’s possible, and to push the boundaries of early education in Australia. 

Five ambitious goals form the basis of our Strategic Plan, that together ensure that KU will be a consistently strong, agile and innovative leader in the early childhood sector come 2019 and beyond.

  1. Engaged families, staff and other stakeholders actively delivering outcomes for our KU.
  2. A sustainable, scalable business model empowering our future.
  3. Social policy and investment driving relevant and impactful outcomes for children.
  4. Achieving excellence to advance the status and standing of early childhood education.
  5. Producing knowledge that progresses the sector.