KU Berowra Preschool

38 Hillcrest Road
Get directions
  • 02 9456 2762
  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm

Our Program and Approach

At our centre childhood is celebrated. When they play and explore, children's imagination and curiosity is sparked - they enjoy learning, and are inspired to continue learning more. 

Our play-based program intentionally provides opportunities and activities based upon the Early Years Learning Framework, for your child to discover and pursue their own interests and strengths. Each day is constructed to provide children with long periods of uninterrupted time, both indoors and outdoors, to allow them to immerse themselves in their play and learning.

At KU Berowra, 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 centre 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.

Our program 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 reading, drawing and writing.

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 interest.

At KU Berowra, our special interest is our cultural connections and environmental sustainability.

We incorporate this into our program through activities such as celebrating children’s cultures, incursions, engaging with family’s cultural traditions, encouraging children to tend to our garden, composting, worm-farming and recycling. We pride ourselves on the extensive pre-literacy and creative arts programs we deliver to children. Each day we offer music, movement and literacy groups, with extended periods of uninterrupted play in both our indoor and outdoor play spaces.

We feel that the children benefit from this interest, because it teaches sustainable practices to take forward into their childhood and adult lives and helps them engage with their peers and local community.

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 the National Quality Standard.

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

“I was a very satisfied KU Berowra parent for six years. My children would count down the days to attend, because they enjoyed it so much. The friendships, staff and experiences empowered them to learn about the world at such an influential age. Learning through play prepared them for their years ahead.” - KU Berowra parent

"We have been at KU Berowra for many years, with all three of our girls attending this fantastic centre. The girls have thoroughly enjoyed many hours in the beautiful outside area, from the cubby house, to the sand pit, play equipment and their favourite - the dirt pit, with everything from construction based play to dinosaurs! They have been able to learn through play and gently guided by the caring staff. Each girl has had wonderful staff looking after them and some great friendships have formed. Our family would highly recommend this fun, nurturing environment." - KU Berowra 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.

Our outdoor area has many separate sections with a variety of activities and we are located in a park. We are immersed in nature and wildlife, so the children can engage with flora, birds and fauna.

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

Extended Hours
Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play

photo of Mary Stenmark

Mary Stenmark


Mary has worked in a variety of roles in the early childhood sector, with over 20 years’ experience in the field. Mary has been an Early Childhood Teacher and Director with KU Children’s Services since 2006 and commenced her current role as Director at KU Berowra Preschool in July 2017.

Prior to entering the early childhood educational field, Mary worked as a Restaurateur and in the Contemporary Visual Arts as a Gallery Manager and visual artist, working with organisations to develop their educational and fundraising programs. The legacy of these professions and interests informs her educational practice and shapes the curriculum she provides for children. Mary is motivated to actively explore and research pedagogy that focuses upon and represents, authentic and inclusive cultural practice, social justice and children’s identity. She strongly believes that children need time and space to explore and build upon their knowledge of the world through dynamic learning environments. She is equally passionate about the arts and literacy and the role they play in shaping children’s voices and lives.

Our team of early childhood educators are qualified, experienced, caring and highly motivated. All 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.

Children who are three years old, will pay the Unfunded Daily Fee: $78 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: $78 per day
  • …who attend two days per week (15 hours per week) will pay the Start Strong Fee: $50 per day
  • …who attend more than two days per week (more than 15 hours per week), will pay the Start Strong Fee ($50) for the first two days, then the Unfunded Daily Fee ($78) 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 Berowra, 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.