KU Cheltenham Memorial Preschool

Cnr The Promenade & Beecroft Road
CHELTENHAM NSW 2119
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  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Preschoolers

Our Program and Approach

At KU Cheltenham, we aim to provide a happy, stimulating, caring and safe environment, where children feel a strong sense of belonging. We view each child as unique with an individual personality, learning style and family background.

At KU Cheltenham, 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 is based on the Early Years Learning Framework and provides the central medium for learning. 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 aim to establish immediate rapport and a sense of belonging in our community, as families arrive through the front door.

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 special interest.

At KU Cheltenham, our special interest is our outdoor program. Our preschool is set in a large established woodland garden. With a wealth of space available to the children, our experienced team of educators have created stimulating and engaging play spaces that cater for all children’s interests. Experiences on offer include building with construction (natural and man-made materials), the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of art and craft experiences, play in the mud kitchen, sandpit and dramatic play areas, music and dancing, as well as the chance to climb and play ball games in our large open grass area.

We feel that the children benefit from this special interest because it promotes a sense of wellbeing and fosters self-confidence.


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...

“The atmosphere at the preschool is very warm and caring. I love the large natural environment and that all the teachers know my children and our family. Preschool at KU Cheltenham has been a very valuable experience for all four of my children.” – KU Cheltenham parent
“The staff at KU Cheltenham are wonderful, they are fantastic with the children and they make the preschool experience very enjoyable for my children.” – KU Cheltenham 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 preschool holds a special place in the local community, and has been part of the community since the 1950s. KU Cheltenham became affiliated with KU in 1944, the same year in which Mrs R. Vicars offered to donate the land for the preschool as a War Memorial. It is through the efforts of local community members that funds were raised and the building was built and opened in 1958.

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.


Our Awards

The Annual 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.

In 2017, Mary Mirhaghani from KU Cheltenham Memorial Preschool was awarded the Making “the KU Difference” Award for Communities.

In 2016, Fiona Eadie from KU Cheltenham Memorial Preschool was awarded the Making “the KU Difference” Award for Families.


Other Features

Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play
Storypark
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photo of Michelle Healey

Michelle Healey

Director

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Education, and has over 30 years’ experience working with children and babies. She has been working at KU Cheltenham since 2012. Michelle is particularly focused on ensuring that all families feel welcome at KU Cheltenham, and are able to share in their child’s learning journey. Apart from play in the natural environment, Michelle is interested in the creative arts and music, which feature strongly in the preschool program.

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.

Our long-standing team share a commitment to ensuring all families feel welcome and have a strong sense of belonging in our centre community. We respect the values, backgrounds and differences of each family, and place a high priority on parents and educators working in partnership to achieve the best educational outcomes for children. We encourage children to become independent thinkers, with the confidence and capacity to resource their own learning, and make their own decisions. We look forward to the privilege of working with you and your child on this important stage of their educational journey.

The daily fees for 2019 at KU Cheltenham Memorial Preschool are:

  • Start Strong Fee: $43
  • Unfunded Fee: $81.50

Which fee will you pay?

Start Strong Fee

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. Across KU Preschools, the ‘15 hours’ is met by enrolling in two x 7.5 hour days per week.

Start Strong funding is then passed on as a fee reduction for those 15 hours, with the Start Strong fee then applied to all four and five year old children enrolled for two days (15 hours) per week.

The NSW Department of Education requires parents to sign the ‘Consent to use and disclosure of personal information’ form at the time of enrolment (see KU’s Standard Terms for the Enrolment of Children, p.4). Your eligibility for Start Strong Funding is conditional upon signing this form.

Unfunded Fee

The Unfunded Fee is charged when:

  • Children are three years old
  • Children are four or five years old who:
    • Only attend one day per week (less than 15 hours); or
    • Attend more than two days (15 hours) per week – you will pay the Start Strong Fee for the first two days, then the Unfunded Daily Fee for each day after that.

Is there a discounted 3-year-old fee?

You may have seen media reports that the NSW Government is extending Start Strong funding to three year olds in 2019. Whilst funding for three year olds will be less than for older children, it is still very welcome news.

The NSW Government will release that funding mid-2019. We look forward to being able to pass this funding on to families as discounted fees at that time. Until then, families of three year old children will be charged the Unfunded Fee.

Are you a Health Care Card holder?

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 further about this.