KU Grandstand Preschool

5 Figtree Lane
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  • 02 9955 7118
  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm

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.

Other Features

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

photo of Caren Walters

Caren Walters


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.

Children who are three years old, will pay the Unfunded Daily Fee: $75 per day

Children in the year before they are eligible to start school

  • …who attend one day per week (less than 15 hours per week) will pay the Unfunded Daily Fee: $75 per day
  • …who attend two days per week (15 hours per week) will pay the Start Strong Fee: $41 per day
  • …who attend more than two days per week (more than 15 hours per week), will pay the Start Strong Fee ($41) for the first two days, then the Unfunded Daily Fee ($75) for each day after that

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 about this if you think you may be eligible.

Why are preschool fees so complex?

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

Start Strong funding means we can provide a fee reduction for those 15 hours; this is the Start Strong Fee.

Where do your fees go?

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, KU has remained very proudly a not for profit provider. Our fees are designed to cover the operational costs of delivering the unique KU learning experience, and to ensure KU can continue delivering those experiences for many years to come.

Any surplus we may make is reinvested into our local staff, our high quality services, and ensuring our long term sustainability. KU does not distribute our profits to shareholders, or send them offshore.