KU and the Adult Migrant English Program
For over 30 years, KU has proudly provided childcare under the Australian Government funded Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) to assist parents to complete their English classes, while children have the opportunity to engage with peers in play based learning environments.
The AMEP is a free service to help eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants with low English levels to improve their English language skills and settle into Australia. AMEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. For more information about AMEP Program delivery please click here.
Free child care placements for children under school age are provided to the families for the duration of their face to face English classes. The children can remain enrolled under the AMEP funding until their families reach vocational English.
For families newly arrived in Australia, this is often their first experience of childcare. Our centres are welcoming to all families and embrace cultural diversity. This positive childcare experience provides a settlement springboard for families and children to take the next steps into participating and engaging in the broader Australian community.
KU is proud to work in partnership with the Navitas English and Max Solutions to support the settlement needs of AMEP clients. For all eligible AMEP clients who have children under school age, KU manages the provision of childcare through on-site or mainstream childcare services. There is no child care cost to AMEP clients for childcare provided through the AMEP for the duration of their AMEP tuition.
KU manages six AMEP onsite childcare centres with locations in Bankstown, Cabramatta, Canberra, Fairfield, Liverpool and Mayfield.
Our Program and Approach
At our centre, early childhood and children’s cultures are celebrated each day. When they play and explore, children's imagination and curiosity is sparked - they enjoy learning, and are inspired to continue learning more. Our educators encourage families to maintain their first language and we match our educators' languages with the language needs of each AMEP service.
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. Our program is both multilingual and culturally appropriate.
We encourage children to laugh, think, question and learn. Their sense of self and confidence grows as they make connections with each other, and build warm, trusting relationships with our team.
Strong relationships with our migrant families are of utmost importance to us. We are very proud of the high quality program we provide to young children, however what matters most is what our families think....
“This was our first experience with childcare in Australia. It was so important to have childcare onsite with educators who were able to speak our language. This allowed the family and staff to have meaningful daily communication about the child. The exchange of information is a necessary component of building trusting relationships with the community.” - KU AMEP parent
"Special thanks to all KU staff for their great support during the time my children were enrolled at a KU AMEP centre. It was amazing, not only for myself, but also for my children. My children were really excited to go to childcare and I was relaxed going to class to improve my English. I have received great support for my children to be well educated and for myself to be relaxed emotionally. I received good advice from the Director. I would like to thank the Director and her staff very much for their great support. My husband and I will never forget their efforts and their contribution for my family." - KU AMEP parent
Each KU AMEP centre is unique in its cultural diversity and languages. 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 in our AMEP settings.
Some of our centres have a beautiful outdoor environment which is seen as an extension of our indoor learning environment. A range of experiences are offered outside which may include vegetable gardens. These experiences provide the opportunities for children to learn about healthy eating practices.
Our Program is fully funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and it is free for eligible migrant families.