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 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
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 present it here.