KU Eastwood Preschool

4A Rutledge St
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  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Preschoolers NSW Fee Relief – Preschool

Our Program and Approach

At KU Eastwood, our program is underpinned by the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standards. Within our program, children are actively involved in exploring, investigating, critical thinking and communicating within a language rich environment. We observe and plan for children based on their strengths and interests and believe interpersonal relationships are essential to the success of our program

We have a particularly strong commitment to inclusion, with the great diversity in our families, staff and local community acknowledged, embraced and celebrated within our daily program.

At KU Eastwood, we are proud of our reputation within the 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 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 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...

“KU Eastwood has wonderful facilities, with caring and experienced educators.” – KU Eastwood parent

“I chose this preschool for my children due to its play based learning program and pleasant environment, both indoors and outdoors. The preschool is also supported by a group of dedicated and friendly educators, who engage well with the children and families.” – KU Eastwood 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.

At KU Eastwood, we have an art room set up permanently for the children, as well as a music room with a piano.

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 Reconciliation Action Plan

KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Eastwood, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2019. Please view it here.

Other Features

Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play
Education for Sustainability
University Qualified Educators
Experienced Staff

photo of Linda Meyer

Linda Meyer

Acting Director

Linda is a university qualified early childhood teacher who has worked for KU since 2007. Prior to this, she ran a Family Day Care Service for eight years. She holds a Certificate III, Diploma and Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five Years).

Linda is a warm and caring educator who believes that children are capable and competent learners. She believes children learn best through play where they can explore and learn in their own time.

She highly values building trusting relationships with children, families and staff as this is key to advocating for children’s rights and for supporting the children to reach their full potential.

In 2023 Linda was awarded the Making the KU Difference for Staff Award, recognising her outstanding contribution to the lives of children, families and the community.

Our Team

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 strive to provide the highest quality early childhood education and care possible and are committed to nurturing and supporting a strong sense of community.

The daily fees for 2024 at KU Eastwood Preschool are:

Fee Amount
4 year old Start Strong Fee Relief fee FREE
3 year old Start Strong Fee Relief fee $19.00
Start Strong Equity Fee Relief fee FREE
Unfunded fee $87.50

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)

From 2024, the NSW government has provided additional fee relief funding, based on $4,220 per eligible child. This enables NSW preschools to reduce the daily fee as much as possible, within the Start Strong funding parameters.

This funding is for children who turn 3 or 4 years of age by 31 July in the preschool year and are 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.

Start Strong fee relief can only be accessed at one service, either a preschool or long day care service. This ensures as many children as possible can access affordable early childhood education.

Start Strong Equity Fee Relief Fee

The NSW government provides further funding for children who meet the Start Strong Equity funding criteria. If you think you may be eligible for Equity funding, please speak with the Preschool Director further about this.

Unfunded Fee

The Unfunded Fee is charged when a family has chosen to access the Start Strong fee relief at another community preschool or long day care service.