KU Croydon Preschool

6 Railway Street
CROYDON NSW 2132
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  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Preschoolers

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, re-cycling, 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 Exceeding 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.


Other Features

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

photo of Amanda Shad

Amanda Shad

Director

Amanda is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 18 years’ experience in the early education field.

She has held management roles in three early childhood long day care services and has extensive experience working with educators, families and children in various settings.

Amanda has a passion for educating children through interest based learning projects, music and movement, and quality interactions.

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 2019 at KU Croydon Preschool are:

  • Start Strong Fee: $45.50
  • Unfunded Fee: $73.50

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.