KU Avalon Preschool

118a Avalon Pde
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  • 02 9918 6583
  • Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm
Our Program and Approach

At KU Avalon, the principles that guide our teaching practices include secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships, as well as believing in each child’s capacity to succeed. We also respect diversity and provide ongoing learning and reflective practice for both teachers and children. Motivated by the Early Years Learning Framework, our teaching and learning philosophy focusses on the concepts of Belonging, Being and Becoming.

Our program is play-based and offers children the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of learning experiences and activities, each specifically designed to promote children’s confidence as capable, active participants in their own learning. Children are presented with a range of activities including gardening, arts and crafts, music and movement, physical play, block building, sand and water play, science experiments, early numeracy activities such as counting and measurement, and early literacy activities such as pre-reading, drawing and writing.

At KU Avalon, we are proud of our reputation within the local community of providing rich education and care that concentrates on individual children in a family-focussed and supportive way.

Our Preschool is a welcoming and nurturing space where each child is immersed in a rich tapestry of educationally interactive experiences – a space where children are supported to be their own, unique selves, growing and developing a sense of belonging and empowerment.

We greatly value the strong relationships between our staff, children and families, and we look forward to the opportunity of including your family in the life of our centre.

Our Special Interest

In addition to the high quality, well-rounded programs we offer, all KU centres are also encouraged to develop an area of special interest.

At KU Avalon our special interest is our outdoor play space.

We incorporate this into our program through our indoor outdoor program, encouraging the children to dig and plant in our vegetable gardens and play in our imagination gardens and spaces.

We feel that the children benefit from this interest as it reflects the natural environment and attitude of the Avalon committee – understanding, respecting and looking after our beautiful natural environment.

Our Quality

Our centre has been independently assessed by the Department of Education NSW under the National Quality Standards, and are proud to be rated as Exceeding in all 75 areas of the National Quality Standard.

However what matters most is what our families think...

“Everything has been amazing, so friendly and a great feeling. My girl is loving it. She's been screaming while leaving me for the past month but she's fine here - says a lot. Thank you!” - KU Avalon parent
“KU Avalon is a fantastic preschool with wonderful grounds and caring teachers. It is a well run facility with many friendly parents.” - KU Avalon parent

Our Environment

Each KU centre is unique. The best outcomes for children are created within relationships and interactions between children and staff, and children and their families, not within four walls. We work hard to create beautiful, interesting, homelike learning environments for children - whatever our setting.

KU Avalon is a preschool catering for 40 children, located a walking distance from central Avalon. It works as a two room, inside outside program. KU Avalon is one of the oldest preschools on the peninsular, having opened in 1951 by the community of Avalon. We have strong connections with our local community, the library, ANZAC memorial, local schools, shops, surf club and retirement community.

Our playground is designed to allow children to explore nature and discover the natural environment. We want children to be able to dig in the mud, climb trees, discover and learn about insects and enjoy connecting with nature. The many activities we offer enable children to immerse themselves in the natural elements of their surroundings and feel inspired to create, imagine and play.

Other Features

Designed Centre
Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play

photo of Mariza Economides

Mariza Economides


Mariza is a four-year university qualified early childhood teacher with over 25 years’ experience working with children and babies. She has been working at KU Avalon since 2013.

Our team of early childhood educators are qualified, experienced, caring and highly motivated. All our staff hold specialist qualifications in early childhood education. We believe that the positive interactions children have with our staff are the most important component of our high-quality program.

All our staff live locally, many having had their children at KU Avalon, or have returned to KU Avalon after time away gaining differing experiences. We have a close connection and understanding of the needs of the Avalon community, and use our experiences and training to support all our families and children in their learning and transitions to school.

Children who are three years old, will pay the Unfunded Daily Fee: $76 per day

Children in the year before they are eligible to start school

  • …who attend one day per week (less than 15 hours per week) will pay the Unfunded Daily Fee: $76 per day
  • …who attend two days per week (15 hours per week) will pay the Start Strong Fee: $42 per day
  • …who attend more than two days per week (more than 15 hours per week), will pay the Start Strong Fee ($42) for the first two days, then the Unfunded Daily Fee ($76) for each day after that

If you hold a Health Care Card, you may be entitled to a further discount on your preschool fees. Please speak with the Preschool Director about this if you think you may be eligible.

Why are preschool fees so complex?

The NSW Government provides preschool funding, called Start Strong funding. This funding is to be directed towards children in the year before they are eligible to start school (four and five year olds) who are enrolled in a preschool program for 15 hours per week. At KU Avalon, the ‘15 hours’ is met by enrolling in two x 7.5 hour days per week.

Start Strong funding means we can provide a fee reduction for those 15 hours; this is the Start Strong Fee.

Where do your fees go?

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, KU has remained very proudly a not for profit provider. Our fees are designed to cover the operational costs of delivering the unique KU learning experience, and to ensure KU can continue delivering those experiences for many years to come.

Any surplus we may make is reinvested into our local staff, our high quality services, and ensuring our long term sustainability. KU does not distribute our profits to shareholders, or send them offshore.