KU Grandstand Preschool

5 Fig Tree Lane
NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2060
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  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Preschoolers

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 Grandstand, we believe that unconditional regard for children, expressed in respectful interactions, is paramount. We believe this approach nurtures strong and trusting relationships, which are essential in supporting meaningful learning.

Our focus is to provide an educational environment and play-based learning in order to promote the best interests of children and support the rights of all children. With relationships as our foundation, children are provided with the best possible environment to learn about themselves, others and the world around them.

We believe play provides the ideal context for children to develop and grow, explore new activities and materials, practice and refine new skills and transfer learning to new situations. Through play, children are able to test and develop skills and dispositions in a safe and supportive environment, becoming resilient, fair-minded and joyful members of society.


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 Grandstand we focus on sustainability. We are located in an urban area, and as such the natural environment can sometimes be overlooked. We strive to teach preschoolers that sustainable practices can be achieved anywhere and in any space.

We incorporate this into our program through activities such as our worm farm, our water conservation system, learning about recycling, growing herbs and garden produce. We follow the ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ adage.

We feel that the children benefit from this focus because it empowers them to make healthy choices and equips them with the skills necessary to positively influence the world around them.


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...

“The teachers at KU Grandstand are all wonderful. We are very happy to have our son here. Our son has become a lot more confident, independent and social thanks to KU.” - KU Grandstand Parent

“My son is having a difficult transition to preschool as an only child with a stay at home mum. The staff could not be handling it better. The first day I received a call within an hour to say he was struggling and they recommended I collect him soon. From day one I have trusted they are doing the best thing for my child (which is the most important thing)." - KU Grandstand 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.

KU Grandstand has a stunning view of St Leonards Park, allowing the children to witness the beauty of nature and to observe the comings and goings of everyday Sydney life.

Our playground is our outdoor learning environment and includes natural elements such as sand, grass, water, mud, leaves and twigs and kitchen gardens. Wherever possible we avoid using lots of fixed, plastic equipment in our playground. Instead we provide an ever-changing array of challenging and interesting activities and equipment, explored by children and educators together. These activities help with the development of children’s gross motor skills, enhancing their overall health and wellbeing, as they discover their strengths and abilities and 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 Grandstand, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.


Other Features

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

photo of Caren Walters

Caren Walters

Director

Caren is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 24 years’ experience working with children and babies. She has been working at KU Grandstand since 2004. Caren’s belief is that children should be made to feel comfortable and be proud expressing who they are – individuality should be recognised and celebrated. She strives to make sure they are equipped to function in this world in the best way that they can. Caren also has a great interest in Aboriginal culture and people.

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.

Our staff value education and have extensive qualifications, with many currently still studying part-time. We are an aspirational team, with a desire to continue learning and progressing ourselves – which we feel reflects on our children.

The daily fees for 2019 at KU Grandstand Preschool are:

Fee Amount
4 year old Start Strong fee $44.50
3 year old Start Strong fee $70.50
Start Strong Equity fee $10.00
Unfunded fee $77.50


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 by reducing fees for children. In KU preschools, this 15 hours per week is met by enrolling for two days per week.

Start Strong funding enables us to pass on fee reductions for all eligible 3 and 4 year old children for those two days (15 hours) each 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.

4 year old Start Strong fee is charged for:

  • Children who are 4 years of age on or before 31 July in that preschool year
  • 2 days per week enrolment

3 year old Start Strong fee is charged for:

  • Children who are 3 years of age on or before 31 July in that preschool year
  • 2 days per week enrolment

Start Strong Equity fee is charged for

  • Children who are at least 3 years of age on or before 31 July in that preschool year
  • 2 days per week enrolment
  • Within the following criteria:
    • Health Care Card (not in the name of the child)
    • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
    • Children with additional needs

The Unfunded Fee is charged when:

  • Children are not at least 3 years of age on or before 31 July in that preschool year
  • Children enrolled 1 day, or in addition to 2 days per week.