KU Donkin Preschool

Donkin Avenue
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  • 02 4868 1737
  • Monday to Friday 8:15am - 3:45pm

Our Program and Approach

At KU Donkin, we provide a play-based learning program that reflects the individual interests, abilities and needs of each child. We provide a safe environment that is nurturing and stimulating, and fosters personal growth and development.

Our program provides opportunities for both active and quiet activities, and we have spacious indoor and outdoor areas for both individual and group learning. Our qualified and dedicated educators aim to provide an environment where all children have equal opportunities to develop to their full potential.

KU Donkin has been operating within the local community for over 50 years. We are proud of our reputation within the local community of providing rich education and care that concentrates on individual children in a family-focused and supportive way.

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. We offer a strong literacy and numeracy component, and children are well prepared for school through these experiences with the emphasis on developing independence, problem solving, imagination and social and emotional skills.

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 focus.

At KU Donkin, our special focus is connecting children and families to the natural world.

KU Donkin is located in the picturesque Southern Highlands. We experience distinct seasonal changes and this is reflected in the activities we do within our program. Our connection to nature and the seasons occurs through activities such as growing vegetables and fruit, and working with children to propagate seeds. We also provide parents information on what seasonal vegetables to plant or cook.

We encourage children to be keen observers of nature and our playground provides a beautiful backdrop in which that can occur.

Our Quality

Our centre has been independently assessed by the NSW Department of Education 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...

"KU Donkin is a fantastic preschool environment to help nurture children and develop their interest in exploring and discovering. Frequently our son recounts the tales of his adventures at Donkin, as well as teaching us and his siblings the exciting things he has learnt. KU Donkin has a wonderful community spirit and feels like an extension of our home environment. The educators are inspiring and truly caring. They ignite the fire inside the children to be inquisitive at the same time as offering a safe and caring space for the children to grow. I am delighted we chose Donkin for our children." - KU Donkin parent
"I choose to send my children to KU Donkin Preschool, because it’s like an extension of the family. The environment and the staff are so welcoming. The children feel safe, secure and happy." - KU Donkin parent

Our Environment

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.

KU Donkin has a solid reputation within the community and has the benefit of a very large playground with well established deciduous trees. There is also a large amount of space inside the Preschool with a playroom and a separate lunch and music room.

Our playground is designed to allow children to explore nature and discover the natural environment. We want children to be able to dig in the mud, grow plants, 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.

Other Features

Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play

photo of Karen Hayes

Karen Hayes


Karen is a university qualified early childhood teacher, school counsellor and primary school teacher, with over 40 years’ experience working with children of various ages. She has been working at KU Donkin as Director since 2013. She also taught within the service for 11 years. Previous to this, Karen has worked as a School Counsellor and a TAFE Teacher, training staff to work in Early Childhood Services and teach in a variety of early childhood settings. 

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.

The staff have a long history of working at KU Donkin and are committed to providing enriched early childhood education and high quality care to children. Families are warmly welcomed into our service.

Children who are three years old, will pay the Unfunded Daily Fee: $61 per day

Children in the year before they are eligible to start school

  • …who attend one day per week (less than 15 hours per week) will pay the Unfunded Daily Fee: $61 per day
  • …who attend two days per week (15 hours per week) will pay the Start Strong Fee: $33 per day
  • …who attend more than two days per week (more than 15 hours per week), will pay the Start Strong Fee ($33) for the first two days, then the Unfunded Daily Fee ($61) 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?

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. At KU Donkin Memorial, the ‘15 hours’ is met by enrolling in two x 7.5 hour days per week.

Start Strong funding means we can provide a fee reduction for those 15 hours; this is the Start Strong Fee.

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.