KU Heathcote Preschool

18 Oliver St
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  • 02 9520 5402
  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm

Our Program and Approach

At KU Heathcote, 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.

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.

We aim to establish immediate rapport and a sense of belonging in our community, as families arrive through the front door.

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.

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 Heathcote we focus on the environment.

We incorporate this into our program by encouraging the children to explore and discover outside in our beautiful natural yard. We discuss and practice sustainability every day and many of the activities provided utilise recycled and found materials. Our centre always has pets as part of the program. We care for guinea pigs, phasmids, hermit crabs and fish.

We feel that the children benefit from this focus because these practices are important skills that children will use throughout life. The nature element of the program reflects the area in which we live, which our children experience every day.

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...

"KU Heathcote Preschool was instrumental in preparing my daughter for school. Within the caring and fun environment, she was able to develop confidence and age appropriate skills and responsibilities, all while enjoying every minute. There is an amazing sense of community and a closeness with nature rarely seen these days. Now my son is here and, after horrible separations at other centres, it is a pleasure to see him want to be there. I cannot thank the educators of KU Heathcote Preschool enough. It’s a truly amazing centre." - KU Heathcote Parent

"KU Heathcote Preschool is a wonderful preschool with very personable, dedicated and caring staff. Our child has learnt so much since attending this centre, like learning to write his name. Through the staff’s guidance and activities, we have watched his confidence grow, and important social skills develop which he will need, in particular, as he progresses through his schooling life. We cannot thank the staff enough for the wonderful experience they have provided for our child." - KU Heathcote 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 Heathcote Preschool is an early childhood service catering for 20 children located in Heatchote, in Sydney’s South, and has been open since 1974. We are fortunate to be surrounded by National Parks.

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.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Heathcote, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2017 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.

Other Features

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

photo of Cassandra Tsirepas

Cassandra Tsirepas


Cassandra is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 12 years' experience working with children and babies. She has been the Acting Director at KU Heathcote since 2018.

Cassandra is an advocate for children’s rights and social justice. In her professional journey, she has focused on the importance of developing strong relationships with children and their families.

She is passionate about sustainability and providing children with natural learning spaces to enhance their ecological identity and connection to the environment.

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 staff team at Heathcote have remained the same for many years. Members have been consistently working there from 6 to 15 years. Staff are passionate about supporting children with additional needs, as well as developing positive relationships.

Children who are three years old, will pay the Unfunded Daily Fee: $65 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: $65 per day
  • …who attend two days per week (15 hours per week) will pay the Start Strong Fee: $35 per day
  • …who attend more than two days per week (more than 15 hours per week), will pay the Start Strong Fee ($35) for the first two days, then the Unfunded Daily Fee ($65) 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 Heathcote, 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.