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.
At KU Centennial Parklands, we are committed to acknowledging the importance of early education and the values and beliefs that support ongoing commitment to children, families and the wider community.
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 core values and principles facilitate our vision of all children being able to learn, grow, collaborate, and engage with the notion of inclusion, diversity, respect, and acceptance.
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.
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 Centennial Parklands, our specialisation is connecting with the natural environment. One of the strengths of KU Centennial Parklands is our leafy, natural outdoor environment that encourages creative and imaginative play and has space for both small group and individual play.
We incorporate this specialisation into our program through activities such as growing plants and herbs and using what we have grown in our cooking activities. We have a large garden, where planter tubs hold a mix of plants and the vegetable and herb garden creates enthusiasm for growing these and eating the results. Our passionfruit vine often provides fruit for our morning tea.
We feel that the children benefit from this specialisation, because they are able to observe the process of nurturing plants as they grow and engage in bringing our plants, fruits and herbs from garden to plate, enhancing their appreciation for the natural environment.
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 couldn't recommend KU Centennial Parklands enough. It is a centre that exceeds in all areas. The educators really care about the children, they nurture and promote learning through a well thought out and interest based curriculum. They ensure each child is given every opportunity to shine and excel as individuals and as part of a loving community." - KU Centennial Parklands parent
"KU Centennial Parklands provides such a unique learning environment. The beautiful natural environment is the best classroom for children - digging for worms, dinosaur islands in the sandpit, climbing and gardening are just some of the wonderful activities my son and daughter have experienced. The educators are caring and allow the children to discover autonomy with everyday tasks. KU Centennial Parklands encourages curiosity and independence." – KU Centennial Parklands 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 Centennial Parklands is located in a beautiful parkland setting in Moore 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 activities we offer enable children to immerse themselves in the natural elements of their surroundings and feel inspired to create, imagine and play.
All of our playrooms are named after the local birds who visit us; Lorikeets, Kookaburras and Magpies.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan
KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Centennial Parklands, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.