Our Program and Approach
At KU Cammeray, we aim to provide an environment that promotes security and a sense of belonging. We aim to create a place where your child is happy, feels confident and is given the opportunity to learn, explore, discover, make decisions, be independent and make new friends.
We are passionate about providing play-based experiences as the basis for all children’s learning. We provide opportunities for children to engage in long periods of uninterrupted play in order to foster dispositions for learning, including problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating.
We respect and celebrate children for who they are, what they know and what they can do. We celebrate children’s knowledge and learning in the here and now, while fostering skills required for life. We believe that education has the power to transform the lives of all.
At KU Cammeray, we aim to provide a calm, nurturing learning environment and routine, where children are active participants in their own learning. We are lucky to have a wonderful natural outdoor environment, which we use as an additional classroom, ensuring each child spends time in both the indoor and outdoor environment each day.
We see children as capable and competent and believe in all children’s capacities to succeed, regardless of diverse circumstances and abilities. We believe our program naturally builds on the skills children need for school, without making school and their next chapter the main focus. We encourage each child to become independent, which creates a satisfaction of being able to do things for themselves and a feeling of self-worth and confidence.
We Focus On
In addition to the high quality well-rounded programs we offer, all KU centres are also encouraged to develop a focus.
At KU Cammeray, we focus on making the most of our beautiful natural outdoor environment. We use the area every day and in all weather (providing wet weather clothing when needed). Playing in a natural environment has been found to promote health benefits, including cognitive, social and emotional development, as well as building resilience and creativity. The children are encouraged to take risks, which develops dispositions for learning, such as enquiry, problem solving, confidence and competence, creativity and imagination, as well as being physically active.
We also visit the local park to take the children’s experience of the natural environment further than the preschool grounds and extend learning by exploring the natural elements of Green Park.
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...
"The centre is fantastic. My daughter loves going to preschool and is constantly amazing me by the new experiences she has and the new skills she is learning." - KU Cammeray parent
“The staff at KU Cammeray are outstanding. We love the staff and the program and could not be more pleased we chose the centre.” – KU Cammeray 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.
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, 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.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan
KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Cammeray, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.