KU Croydon Preschool

6 Railway Street
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  • 02 9798 7750
  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm

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
Outdoor Play

photo of Carolyn Artis Campbell

Carolyn Artis Campbell

Director (Monday to Wednesday)

Carolyn is a four-year university qualified early childhood teacher with over 40 years’ experience working with children. She has been working at KU Croydon since 2012, and for KU Children’s Services for the past 22 years. She is passionate about the fair inclusion of every child in every aspect of the program, and has a diverse experience of education from early learning, through the primary school, special education overseas and in the Hunter Valley, and teaching of Early Childhood Education at TAFE. Carolyn has three lovely grown up daughters and four delightful grandchildren.

Teacher in Charge – Lynda O’Malley (Wednesday to Friday)

Lynda is a three-year university qualified early childhood teacher with over 25 years of experience working with children. She has been a Director of a preschool in Queensland, and worked in various roles with KU Children’s Services. She has been at KU Croydon for 10 years, and shares the vision of inclusion and belonging for each child. She has two beautiful young adult children – her son in the workforce, and daughter studying Year 12. 

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.

Children who are three years old or younger, will pay the Standard Unfunded Daily Fee: $68 per day

Children in the year before school (four years old)…

  • …who attend one day per week, will pay the Standard Four Year Old Fee$59 per day
  • …who attend two days per week, will pay the Start Strong Fee: $39 up to two days
  • …who attend more than two days per week, will pay the Start Strong Fee ($39) for the first two days, then the Standard Four Year Old Fee ($59) for each day after that.               

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 about this if you think you may be eligible.

Why are preschool fees so complex?

KU begins our fee setting process by setting our Standard Unfunded Daily Fee; this is the full ‘unfunded’ fee, charged to those families not eligible for any Government funding. Most commonly, this is the fee charged to three year olds.

The NSW Government requires preschool funding to be specifically targeted towards children attending preschool in the year before school (four year olds). This funding reduces the fee to create our Standard Four Year Old Fee for eligible children.

The Government is providing additional preschool funding, called Start Strong funding, to be directed towards four year olds who are enrolled in a preschool program for 15 hours per week, or 600 hours across the year. In this KU preschool, this is offered as two x 7.5 hour days per week. The Start Strong funding will mean we can provide additional fee reductions for those 15 hours – this is the Start Strong Fee.

The Government has advised that it will be reviewing the Start Strong funding at multiple points throughout the year and may adjust the funding levels at those time. This means that the Start Strong Fee may fluctuate throughout the year – it may adjust up or down, however it will never exceed the Standard Four Year Old Fee.

The NSW Department of Education requires parents to give permission for KU to share your child’s details with them; this is included in your KU Enrolment Form. If you do not agree to your child’s personal information being provided to the Department, you will be charged the Standard Unfunded Daily Fee, regardless of your child’s age, or the number of days they attend.

Where do your fees go?

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, KU has remained very proudly a not for profit provider. 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, our high quality services, and ensuring our long term sustainability. KU does not distribute our profits to shareholders, or send them offshore.