KU Hebersham Preschool

Lot 21, Howard Place
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  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Preschoolers Free Preschool Program NSW

Our Program and Approach

At KU Hebersham, play is the foundation for learning in our program. Play consolidates and extends children’s learning knowledge through repeated practice, and supports their developing understandings of the world around them.

We encourage children to explore and use materials at their own developmental level and to choose their own activities, while our educators help children develop new competencies. We intentionally plan activities that extend each child’s development and place a strong emphasis on promoting early literacy and maths.

At KU Hebersham Preschool, we promote sustainability and encourage children’s engagement and care of their natural environment. We are proud of our reputation within the local community of being an inclusive service 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 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.

Our Special Interest

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 Hebersham, our special interest is in the creative arts.

We incorporate this into our program through activities such as a variety of painting mediums and materials, sensory textures, natural and man-made and incorporating the use of drama and props in stories and song. The children create objects through clay and playdough to reflect on our learning, knowledge and emotional wellbeing.

We feel that the children benefit from this interest because our educational leader is a certified art therapist and current early childhood research into brain development with young children highly supports creative experiences as essential for language and thinking processes. The use of creative and intentional teaching techniques can support children’s emotional wellbeing and help build resilience.

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 Hebersham staff are very welcoming and supportive and have helped my two boys greatly. There are many activities for children to learn and play and children are always encouraged to try new things such as gardening, cooking and craft!” – KU Hebersham parent
"Our son never enjoyed Preschool until he went to KU Hebersham. With their focus on social skills and outdoor activities, he really looks forward to returning each week. The Staff are really friendly and caring." - KU Hebersham 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.

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 Hebersham, 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
Designed Centre
Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play

photo of Kimberley Formosa

Kimberley Formosa


Kim started her career in the childcare sector in 2004 completing a Diploma in Children’s Services, continuing on to a Bachelor of Teaching (Birth to 5 years) and later a Diploma of Leadership and Management.

Over the past 15 years she has had experience working in several long day care and OOSH services. Throughout her time within each she worked her way up through a range of roles, such as a Preschool Teacher, Leader Educator, Assistant Centre Director and Centre Director.

Kim is a committed, passionate, motivated and dedicated leader and educator. She works hard and aims to support, guide and facilitate educators and children’s learning.

Kim believes it’s important to build positive relationships with families and children, to ensure they are provided a high quality care and education.

She has a deep passion for children’s overall wellbeing and their learning development, whilst truly valuing the importance of learning through play. Kim believes children gain positive learning experiences through open ended, challenging, stimulating, environments which allow them to feel supported, safe and secure.

Kim is a mother and stepmother, and knows how important it is to ensure all children are given love, time to be heard and a voice within their world so they become independent and confident learners who will continue to build lifelong skills which will guide them in having a successful and positive future.

Our Team

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.

All staff employed at KU Hebersham are long term KU employees, who have a demonstrated a positive work ethic and strong community minded commitment to the families and children in our care.

The daily fees for 2022 at KU Hebersham 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) $40.00

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.