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 Chester Hill, we understand our families and children come from a variety of cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds. We believe careful consideration and respect is required for various approaches in developing our program and communicating with our families about their child’s development.
We implement a program that is flexible, developmentally appropriate and where new experiences are built on earlier experiences and the children’s own interest. Such activities are incorporated into the everyday program and include dress ups, gardening, stories, books, music, cooking or planned visits from parents and family members from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Our learning areas are rich in provisions and opportunities that can offer and expose children to variety, choice, exploration, and engaging and stimulating experiences. They enable children to develop their curiosity, perfect new skills, learn about differences and provide opportunities to ask questions.
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 focus.
At KU Chester Hill we focus on the natural environment and sustainability. We incorporate this into our program through activities such as gardening, cooking, different play experiences in the indoor and outdoor environment, worm farms and lots more.
We feel that the children benefit from our focus area, because when children are here, they are able to spend quality time exploring the natural outdoor environment. Children are able grow their very own fruits and vegetables and when ready, harvest them to use in cooking experiences in the room.
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...
"We have had the pleasure of sending our children to KU Chester Hill for over seven years. Over that time they have maintained the very highest of standards at all times. My three children have found connections with different staff members who genuinely care about their welfare and are truly interested in their early education. Many of the staff have been there longer than I have, which really creates a great sense of stability for the children (and the parents!). Of course it is the staff that make a childcare centre what it is, however we are also fortunate to have lovely centre facilities, with the rooms being large and bright with natural light. The playground is always interesting for the children and it is constantly being adapted to what the children are interested in. The vegetable garden in particular is such a great addition and gives the children experiences and promotes discussions that they may not get elsewhere. I would not hesitate a moment in recommending KU Chester Hill to any parent who wishes the best in early childhood education and care for their children." - KU Chester Hill parent
"My wife and I greatly appreciate your warmth and kindness that you have shown us during Hugo’s enrollment and his first day. You have exceeded our expectations by a milestone on the very first day and we look forward to having Hugo learn and grow at such a fun, safe and supportive centre! Words can’t express my gratitude." - KU Chester Hill 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.
At KU Chester Hill Children’s centre, our playground is designed to maximise the use of the natural environment and allow children to explore nature and discover the natural environment. We want children to be able to dig in the gardens, 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. We also offer stimulating activities that arouse children’s curiosity and encourage them to choose from a variety of planned experiences, expanding their learning potential such as sand, water, bark, grass, leaves and twigs, as well as gross motor experiences such as climbing, jumping and physical play.
In 2020, the team at KU Chester Hill was awarded the 'Making the KU Difference through Sustainability' Award. Jennifer O'Dowd, Director at KU Chester Hill, was awarded the 'Making the KU Difference through Reconciliation' Award.
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.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan
KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Chester Hill, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.