KU Henson Street Preschool

Cnr Short & Henson Streets
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  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm

Our Program and Approach

At KU Henson Street, we provide a play-based learning program that is interconnected with our service philosophy, curriculum statement and is derived from children’s interests, voices and ideas.

We acknowledge and respect that all children are individuals, as we foster their sense of curiosity, exploration and wonder. We aim to support children in becoming confident and involved learners, who are able to develop the skills and dispositions necessary to succeed in preschool and their transition to school.

At KU Henson, we are proud of our long lasting relationship and reputation within the local community of providing quality education and care which emphasises 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, agency and empowerment.

Our program offers children the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of learning opportunities, each specifically designed to promote children’s confidence as capable, active participants in their own learning. Children are presented with a range of provisions including gardening, visual arts, music and movement, physical play, block building, sand and water play and science experiments. Early numeracy and literacy is embedded throughout the day and can be seen through singing songs, reading, creating and acting out stories, counting and sorting objects, measuring and problem solving, as well as predictable routines.

Being a small preschool, we pride ourselves on building relationships and rapport with families quickly, hence fostering an open and welcoming environment. 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 interest.

At KU Henson Street we focus on building strong relationships with children and families by building trusting, respectful and secure connections.

We incorporate this into our program by providing small group experiences, using the child’s voice in the program, intentional teaching and quality interactions. Our Educators also use the principals and practices of The Circle of Security. We provide a fun, safe and stimulating learning environment, reflecting trust, warmth, security and comfort for every child.

We feel that the children benefit from this focus because building secure foundations allows children to feel a sense of belonging and security. When children feel safe and supported they are more confident and ready to explore and learn.

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...

“Our children always love going to preschool. The loving atmosphere, dedicated, caring and knowledgeable staff, the small environment and the fun and engaging program have been a wonderful experience for them and an ideal preparation for school. As parents, we have also felt very supported.” - KU Henson Street Parent

“Our sensitive, inquisitive girl has blossomed at KU Henson Street. The centre has a lovely, cosy atmosphere and Natalie and the staff are always warm, caring and knowledgeable. We couldn't be happier with the centre.” - KU Henson Street 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 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, 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 Reconciliation Action Plan

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

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

photo of Nina Oliveira

Nina Oliveira


Nina is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 12 years’ experience working with children from birth to 6 years. She has been working for KU Children’s Services for the last 8 years. Nina is dedicated to her own professional development, keeping up to date with new information, training and research. She also focuses on mentoring staff on their own professional development.

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 educators are the most important component of our high quality program.

The daily fees for 2019 at KU Henson Street Preschool are:

  • Start Strong Fee: $53.50
  • Unfunded Fee: $72.50

Which fee will you pay?

Start Strong Fee

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

Start Strong funding is then passed on as a fee reduction for those 15 hours, with the Start Strong fee then applied to all four and five year old children enrolled for two days (15 hours) 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.

Unfunded Fee

The Unfunded Fee is charged when:

  • Children are three years old
  • Children are four or five years old who:
    • Only attend one day per week (less than 15 hours); or
    • Attend more than two days (15 hours) per week – you will pay the Start Strong Fee for the first two days, then the Unfunded Daily Fee for each day after that.

Is there a discounted 3-year-old fee?

You may have seen media reports that the NSW Government is extending Start Strong funding to three year olds in 2019. Whilst funding for three year olds will be less than for older children, it is still very welcome news.

The NSW Government will release that funding mid-2019. We look forward to being able to pass this funding on to families as discounted fees at that time. Until then, families of three year old children will be charged the Unfunded Fee.

Are you a Health Care Card holder?

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 further about this.