Our Program and Approach
At KU Galston, we believe childhood is a time for children to be children, where they can play in a safe, happy and inviting environment. We aim to create a sense of belonging where children can develop self-confidence, feel valued, connect with others and develop relationships.
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.
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.
At KU Galston, 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.
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.
In addition to the high quality well-rounded programs we offer, all KU centres are also encouraged to develop an area of specialisation.
At KU Galston, our specialisation is environmental sustainability.
We incorporate this into our program through practises such as minimising packaging, reviewing our waste, reducing our environmental footprint, sustainable diets, our worm farm, composting, gardening, our vegetable patch, cooking experiences and our recycled water tank.
We feel that the children benefit from this specialisation, because it teaches them sustainable practices to take forward into their childhood and adult life. It ensures they are aware of their external environment and treat it with the love and respect it deserves.
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 love arriving to preschool and seeing the children actively engaged in activities. There is a hum of activity, with busy little bees playing and learning. I see all the teachers sitting among the children reading books, assisting with the latest puppet show, playing games and helping with craft. It warms my heart. I know that my children are getting a head start by starting their early learning years in this educational and nurturing environment. I am so pleased that I have gotten to share and be part of this preschool for six years.” - KU Galston parent
“I am absolutely delighted with the service provided by KU Galston Preschool. It is well organised; the staff are professional, friendly, caring, supportive and approachable. My son settled in really quickly and is extremely happy there.” - KU Galston 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.
We are fortunate to be located in a tranquil, rural setting next to Galston Public school.
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, climb trees, 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. We have a dry creek running through our playground, which encourages imagination.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan
KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Galston, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.