Our Program and Approach
At KU Bradfield Park, 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.
We have a holistic approach to teaching and learning, and recognise that children’s physical, emotional, spiritual, cultural and cognitive development are all linked and are of equal importance.
We believe that children’s sense of wellbeing and belonging is developed through sensitive and responsive interactions, relationships with educators and through reciprocal communication between educators and families. At KU Bradfield Park, we believe that families are children's most influential teachers and therefore we place great emphasis on working in close partnership with all our families.
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.
KU Bradfield Park warmly welcomes back past students (and families) who regularly come to visit and value our strong connection with the local community.
We look forward to the opportunity of including your family in the life of our centre.
In addition to the high quality well-rounded programs we offer, all KU centres are also encouraged to develop an area of specialisation.
At KU Bradfield Park, our specialisation is children’s rights and the image of the child.
We incorporate this into our program through activities such as the practice of primary care giving and key person approach across the service. Children are invited to express their opinions and views, and opportunities are created for children that help them demonstrate their competence as decision making participants. Educators draw on the philosophy of Ann Pelo which values questions, and the process of investigation more than arriving at an answer. Our children are encouraged to value complexity, not knowing, and contradictory ideas and constructing knowledge through collective dialogues and study.
We feel that the children benefit from this specialisation when they are invited to see themselves as member of the community, and to take responsibility for the shape of that community. Children are invited to collaborate and work side by side, and educators assist them to develop a word bank that is respectful. The range of planned and spontaneous learning experiences in our environments encourages children to discuss the notion of self-regulation, and to notice and speak about unfairness, and to act to change it. Children benefit from this area of specialisation in that they learn to be a part of humanity, and learn responsible life skills.
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...
“KU Bradfield Park has been awarded high ratings across all domains of the National Quality Standards, that as a parent, I witness each day in the service. This includes the engaged, personalised interactions of all staff (teaching, chef and administrative) with children and their families, attention to additional support that may be required, and the respect and celebration of difference amongst families and children. The programs are thoughtfully prepared to encourage learning and enjoyment through play, as well as to equip children with skills they need for transition to school. In these ways, I believe the service is making a significant contribution to bringing on children who are competent learners, caring individuals, as well as socially and environmentally aware citizens.” - KU Bradfield Park parent
“The commitment and energy of the staff to the education and wellbeing of the children is unwavering. They are constantly seeking new experiences, activities and areas of learning for the children, guided by the children's own interests and through play. Our son loves telling us about the latest activities he's done at preschool and he is very proud when he explains how his idea was pursued or what his achievements were. We also appreciate the involvement we have had as parents. Despite the inevitably rushed drop offs and pick-ups in the working week, the weekly diary updates of the children's activities, the family events at the centre and the parents' social nights have all helped us make friends, settle in to Ku-ring-Gai and feel part of KU and local community.” – KU Bradfield Park parent
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 Bradfield Park is an early childhood service catering for 53 children located in West Lindfield, in Sydney’s leafy North Shore, situated close to Lane Cove National Park and Queen Elizabeth Park.
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 experiences we offer enable children to immerse themselves in the natural elements of their surroundings and feel inspired to create, imagine and play. Our playground also sparks all senses, especially around our fish pond and our own vegetable garden.
The KU Bradfield Park team were awarded the 'Making the KU Difference for Children' Award in 2019, recognising the team's commitment to providing a high quality program to support the best outcomes for the children in their care.
In particular, the award acknowledged their work in developing their Mary Elizabeth's House project with the children, which saw the children working collaboratively to construct their very own house for Mary Elizabeth (from the popular book by Pamela Allen), incorporating block work, drawing, clay, literacy and numeracy, as well as social skills and creativity. The preschool team inspired the children to be creative and valuable skills were learned as the house evolved.
The Annual Making the KU Difference Awards were introduced a number of years ago, as a way of acknowledging KU staff who have made a significant contribution to KU. These annual awards are open to all KU staff, at any level (either individual staff or a team), who have worked above and beyond their normal duties.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan
KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Bradfield Park, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.