KU Craigieburn

24-36 Cleveland Drive
CRAIGIEBURN VIC 3064
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  • 03 9205 2701
  • Monday to Friday 7:00am - 6:00pm
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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.

Our holistic educational program is play-based, following the National Quality Framework and Victorian Early Years Learning Framework and focuses on the needs and interests of children.

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 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 interest.

At KU Craigieburn our special interest is incorporating home languages into our program and embedding the cultural diversities into our everyday curriculum.

We feel that the children benefit from this interest because their sense of belonging is enhanced and we are representing the true culture of our context. At our centre, we have educators from various backgrounds and languages. We strive to develop children’s bilingualism and cultural identity.


Our Quality


Our centre has been independently assessed by the Department of Education and Training Victoria 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...

“My daughter just loves coming to the centre and loves the variety of activities that are available each day.” - KU Craigieburn parent

"Jo, the caretaker director, was brilliant in helping me get the days care that I needed for my daughter." - KU Craigieburn 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 centre is located in a beautiful area next to Mount Ridley College. We have bright rooms and a large, open outdoor area, providing a wonderful environment for children of all ages to interact and learn.

Our playground is designed to maximise the use of the natural environment and allow children to play and explore as they would in their own backyard. We offer stimulating activities that arouse children’s curiosity and encourage them to choose from a variety of planned experiences, expanding their learning potential. Our playground includes natural elements such as sand, water, grass, mud, leaves and twigs, and we also offer gross motor experiences such as climbing, jumping and physical play. We foster the holistic development of each child so they 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, Ratna Jie from KU Craigieburn Children’s Centre was awarded the Making “the KU Difference” Award to Quality.


Our Reconciliation Action Plan

KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Craigieburn, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.


Other Features

Child Care Rebate
Cooked Meal
Designed Centre
Extended Hours
Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Play-based Learning
Parking
Outdoor Play
Nappies
Lunch
Storypark
Award

Pardeep Samra

Director

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.

We have long attending educators who have been here since our first day of opening and a diverse team from multiple backgrounds including Vietnamese, Indian, Sri Lankan, Indonesian, Samoan, Chinese, Macedonian, Italian, and Irish.

The daily fees for 2019 at KU Craigieburn Children's Centre are:

  • Infants: $121
  • Toddlers: $121
  • Preschoolers: $121

This is the full daily fee. If you are entitled to Child Care Subsidy, this will reduce the daily fee you are charged.

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, KU has remained very proudly a not-for-profit provider of quality education for more than 120 years. Like all early childhood education providers, our costs continue to be subject to market factors such as CPI, salary costs, Government funding and the requirements of the National Quality Framework.

Our fees are designed to cover the operational costs of delivering the unique KU learning experience, and to ensure KU can continue delivering those experiences for many years to come. Any surplus we may make is reinvested into our local staff, continually improving the quality of our services, and ensuring our long-term sustainability. KU does not distribute our profits to shareholders or send them offshore.

About Child Care Subsidy

Child Care Subsidy is the main payment to assist families with the costs of childcare. It is paid directly to the childcare provider and passed onto families as a fee reduction wherever families meet the criteria. The level of subsidy you receive, as well as the number of hours you will be subsidised, depends on your individual family’s circumstances.

If you do not already have one, you will need a MyGov account linked to Centrelink to claim any subsidy you may be eligible for, and to find out more information, you can speak to your service Director or visit www.education.gov.au.