Our Program and Approach
At our centre childhood is celebrated. When they play and explore, children's imagination and curiosity is sparked – they enjoy learning, and are inspired to continue learning more.
At KU Faulconbridge, our play-based program intentionally provides opportunities and activities based upon the Early Years Learning Framework, for your child to discover and pursue their own interests and strengths.
We believe partnership with families is fundamental and continually look for ways for families to have an active involvement in their child’s learning journey. By valuing strong collaborative relationships, we aim to create a place where learning is valued and fostered.
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.
We Focus On
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 Faulconbridge, we focus on the Circle of Security and the Educaring approach.
We incorporate this into our program through our approach to transitions. There are several stages of transition children experience, from orientation, to when they arrive in the morning, to their transition between rooms and finally their transition to school. We support the children by including two terms of orientation visits to Falconbridge Public School and ensuring our teachers meet with the children’s new teachers to pass on information.
We feel that the children benefit from this focus, because both the Circle of Security and the Educaring approach provide solid research for how we as educators can help support children to become competent, focused, involved, cooperative, resourceful, initiating, confident, aware, secure, attentive, curious, exploring, interested and inner-directed. In addition, children are supported to develop the disposition and skills that will help them become lifelong learners.
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...
“I know that working within childcare and education is incredibly challenging and all of the staff at KU Faulconbridge are doing an amazing job. We truly feel that our children are in a safe and encouraging environment, not only physically but emotionally.” - KU Faulconbridge parent
“How grateful we are for the first class care the kids get at KU Faulconbridge. It is exemplary. Thanks to all the wonderful teachers at KU Faulconbridge.” – KU Faulconbridge parent
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.
KU Falconbridge is an architecturally designed facility, located on the school grounds of Faulconbridge Public School. The before and after school care and vacation care operates across the oval in the school hall, making it easy for families to manage the logistics of their children being in different places. The teachers at the school also bring their children to KU Falconbridge, so there is a wonderful sense of community.
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 Faulconbridge, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.