KU Gwynneville Preschool

22 Berkeley St
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  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Preschoolers Free Preschool Program NSW

Our Program and Approach

At KU Gwynneville, 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.

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 encourage children to laugh, think, question and learn. Their sense of self and confidence grows as they make connections with each other, and build warm, trusting relationships with our team.

KU Gwynneville Preschool provides a warm and welcoming environment that is child centred and an ideal setting for play based learning. We believe in equity, fairness and respect for the individual differences of families and children as well as the importance of tolerance and understanding in our community. Children are provided with opportunities to be involved in large blocks of uninterrupted play, both indoors and outdoors, as well as small and large group experiences.

The educational experiences provided at KU Gwynneville include science, art, cooking, block building, music, stories, puzzles, sand play and more. We also promote a range of programs that focus on daily living habits and skills, supporting health and wellbeing. These include road safety awareness, sun protection, dental hygiene, munch and move, and a focus on the environment and sustainability.

We see parents as the child’s first teacher and encourage participation of the family in the 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 Gwynneville we focus on our transition program to preschool and formal schooling, community engagement and relationships, and sustainability.

We incorporate these into our program through activities such as family picnics, school visits, visits from the retirement trust, visits from community organisations and energy conservation.

We feel that the children benefit from this focus because they develop a sense of belonging, a sense of community, and a respect for the world we live in. We also aim to promote emotional and social wellbeing, to ensure smooth transitions to school and preschool.

Our Quality

Our centre has been independently assessed by the Department of Education NSW 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...

“KU Gwynneville is an excellent centre and the staff are very knowledgeable, friendly and professional.” KU Gwynneville parent
“The exceptional staff at Gwynneville are an asset to KU. They create a fun, friendly, inclusive and safe environment every preschool day.” – KU Gwynneville 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 Gwynneville is located in an old church, which provides a unique setting for children to play and learn. Our outdoor shed has a mural painted by a local aboriginal artist and we have a specially designed brand new outdoor play area.

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 Awards

The Annual KU Difference Awards were introduced a number of years ago, as a way of acknowledging KU staff who have made a significant contribution to KU. These annual awards are open to all KU staff, at any level (either individual staff or a team), who have worked above and beyond their normal duties.

In 2016, the team at KU Gwynneville Preschool was awarded the Making “the KU Difference” Award for Communities.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Gwynneville, 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

Child Care Subsidy
Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play
Education for Sustainability

photo of Sue Vlasoff

Sue Vlasoff


Sue is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 30 years’ experience working with children and babies. She has been working at KU Gwynneville since 1995. Sue has a passion for cultural awareness, social justice and equality. In 2016, Sue won the Outstanding Achievement in Education Award in the Illawarra/South Coast region from the Australian College of Educators. The award recognises the outstanding contribution Sue has made to improving the quality of early childhood education in the region.

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.

The daily fees for 2022 at KU Gwynneville Preschool are:

Fee Amount
Start Strong fee (3 and 4 year old children enrolled 2 days/week) FREE
Unfunded fee (Children enrolled 1 day, or days in addition to 2 days) $72.50

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

Start Strong Free Preschool (3 year olds and 4 year olds)

For 2022, the NSW government has provided additional funding for NSW preschools, to lessen the financial burden on families. This funding means preschool will be free for up to two days (15 hours), for children eligible for Start Strong funding.

To be eligible for Start Strong Free Preschool, children must turn 3 or 4 by 31 July in that preschool year and be enrolled in a preschool program for 15 hours per week. Across KU Preschools, the ‘15 hours’ is usually met by enrolling in two x 7.5 hour days 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.

The Unfunded Fee is charged when:

  • Children who:
    • Attend more than two days (15 hours) per week - in 2022, the first two days will be free, then you will be charged the Unfunded Daily Fee for each day after that.