KU Galston Preschool

37 Arcadia Road
GALSTON NSW 2159
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  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Preschoolers

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.


Our Specialisation

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 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...

“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

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.

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.


Other Features

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

photo of Rebecca Onslow

Rebecca Onslow

Director

Rebecca is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 20 years’ experience working with children and babies. She has been working at Galston since 1998. Rebecca believes that she and the centre have a responsibility to the local environment and believes in nurturing strong relationships within the local community. She feels it is important to develop and maintain strong relationships with families and she values great communication, so that children grow and develop to become the best versions of themselves.

Our team of early childhood educators are qualified, experienced, caring and highly motivated. We are a small, cohesive team that values relationships with children and families and strives to develop the children’s interests. All staff hold specialist qualifications in early childhood education and believe that the positive interactions children have with our staff are the most important component of our high quality program.

The daily fees for 2019 at KU Galston Preschool are:

  • Start Strong Fee: $51
  • Unfunded Fee: $70

Which fee will you pay?

Start Strong Fee

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

Start Strong funding is then passed on as a fee reduction for those 15 hours, with the Start Strong fee then applied to all four and five year old children enrolled for two days (15 hours) per week.

The NSW Department of Education requires parents to sign the ‘Consent to use and disclosure of personal information’ form at the time of enrolment (see KU’s Standard Terms for the Enrolment of Children, p.4). Your eligibility for Start Strong Funding is conditional upon signing this form.

Unfunded Fee

The Unfunded Fee is charged when:

  • Children are three years old
  • Children are four or five years old who:
    • Only attend one day per week (less than 15 hours); or
    • Attend more than two days (15 hours) per week – you will pay the Start Strong Fee for the first two days, then the Unfunded Daily Fee for each day after that.

Is there a discounted 3-year-old fee?

You may have seen media reports that the NSW Government is extending Start Strong funding to three year olds in 2019. Whilst funding for three year olds will be less than for older children, it is still very welcome news.

The NSW Government will release that funding mid-2019. We look forward to being able to pass this funding on to families as discounted fees at that time. Until then, families of three year old children will be charged the Unfunded Fee.

Are you a Health Care Card holder?

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 further about this.