KU Croydon Preschool

6 Railway Street
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  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Preschoolers Free Preschool Program NSW

Our Program and Approach

At KU Croydon, we are proud of our reputation within the diverse, multi-cultural 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 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.

Our special interest is the ‘Creative Use of Physical Spaces’.

We link this into our program of embedded sustainability, recycling, care and maintenance of all areas including plans for a redesigned vegetable garden, as well as bringing art and crafts to the outdoors with full use of the veranda and enormous shady tree.

This special interest will focus our attention to the aim of incorporating our Reconciliation Action Plan into regular daily experiences.

We feel that the children benefit from this interest in the expansion of their sense of wellbeing and the development of dispositions of curiosity, adaptation of experience and learning and natural wonder of the world around them in every space.

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 Meeting the National Quality Standard.

However what matters most is what our families think...

“I feel so privileged to have watched my daughter flourish at KU Croydon over the past two years. It is such a rich world of creative inspiration, providing so many opportunities for exploring new ideas and concepts with staff who truly celebrate each child’s inquisitive nature. My daughter has blossomed into a confident, eager learner ready for formal schooling.” - KU Croydon Parent
“KU Croydon provides excellent care for my child. I know that the staff respect my family's confidentiality. At KU Croydon, I know my child is exercising well, learning to write their name, and doing many educational games targeting fine motor skills, as well as coordination and larger motor skills, getting my child the very best start in their education.” - KU Croydon 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 which incorporate diversely cultural backgrounds – whatever our setting.

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 are able to maximise the use of large grounds, surrounding veranda and open playroom throughout the day. 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 a beautiful plane tree which shares its shade, green and autumn leaves, and twigs, sand, water, grass, mud, and we also offer challenging 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 Reconciliation Action Plan

KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Croydon, 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

Extended Hours
Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play

photo of Rowah Ouiek

Rowah Ouiek


Rowah is a university qualified early childhood teacher with almost 20 years’ experience working with children and babies. She has worked in various early childhood settings including inclusion support and has been Director at KU Croydon since 2021.

Rowah’s passions include working with families from diverse backgrounds to assist with fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion. She enjoys incorporating nature play with the different learning domains and has a passion for the Reggio Emilia approach and incorporates this into her teaching practice.

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 and families have with our staff are the most important component of our high quality program.

The daily fees for 2022 at KU Croydon Preschool are:

Fee Amount
Start Strong fee (3 and 4 year old children enrolled 2 days/week) FREE
Unfunded fee (Children enrolled 1 day, or days in addition to 2 days) $81.00

Which fee will you pay?

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that all children in NSW can participate in 600 hours of quality preschool education in the year before school, no matter where they live or what their circumstances are.

To ensure that affordability is not a barrier for families with young children, the NSW Government provides Start Strong funding making 600 hours, or 15 hours per week, of preschool participation in the two years before school more affordable. In KU preschools, this 15 hours per week is met by enrolling for two days per week.

Start Strong Free Preschool (3 year olds and 4 year olds)

For 2022, the NSW government has provided additional funding for NSW preschools, to lessen the financial burden on families. This funding means preschool will be free for up to two days (15 hours), for children eligible for Start Strong funding.

To be eligible for Start Strong Free Preschool, children must turn 3 or 4 by 31 July in that preschool year and be enrolled in a preschool program for 15 hours per week. Across KU Preschools, the ‘15 hours’ is usually met by enrolling in two x 7.5 hour days 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.

The Unfunded Fee is charged when:

  • Children who:
    • Attend more than two days (15 hours) per week - in 2022, the first two days will be free, then you will be charged the Unfunded Daily Fee for each day after that.