KU Isobel Pulsford Memorial Preschool

46-48 Bridge Street
EPPING NSW 2121
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  • 02 9876 4420
  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Preschoolers

Our Program and Approach

At our centre 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.

We are fortunate to have a learning environment that stimulates children’s thinking and provides wonderful opportunities for engaging in the natural environment. Play-based learning is the basis of our educational care. Educators create welcoming play spaces and plan experiences that evoke interest, curiosity and wonder, as well as promoting children’s confidence as capable, active participants in their own learning.

Each day, 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.

Social and emotional development is an important part of our program. We see children as competent and capable learners, with our educators encouraging children to express their feelings and supporting them to understand and regulate their emotions.

At KU Isobel Pulsford, each child is recognised as an individual within our centre and relationships are fostered not only between educators and children, but also with families. 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.

The relationship between children, educators and families creates a sense of belonging for all stakeholders and an environment which creates harmony and a strong community spirit. Our professional team of educators work in partnership with families to help each child develop to their full potential.


Our Specialisation

In addition to the high quality well-rounded programs we offer, all KU centres are also encouraged to develop an area of specialisation.

At KU Isobel Pulsford, we specialise in having a strong and established goodwill in the community for providing excellent support to the children and families. We have excellent rapport with the local schools and community organisations, such as churches and professional services and so we are able to act as a link for families to access these services. We have families and educators from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, which are a good source of support for the population moving into the community.

We incorporate this into our program through resourcing the families to relevant services so the children and families can receive any additional support they need. We also provide information and workshops for families based on their individual and group needs. Our centre is also a base for families to meet and broaden their social circle thus experiencing a sense of belonging.

We feel that the children benefit from this specialisation, because with our strong relationships with families and the wider community, we are able to provide relevant support and assist families to connect with the other professional services available in the community. Each child will have equal opportunities to learn and grow to their full potential, with their educators working in partnership with families and relevant professionals. The children are able to learn and grow at the same level as their peers, because of the ability to use the additional support services available in our community. The children also benefit from the participation of various charity programs, cultural diversity programs, harmony day celebrations and national reconciliation programs.


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 Meeting the National Quality Standard.


However what matters most is what our families think...

“I feel how lucky we are to have my daughter in this lovely preschool. KU Isobel Pulsford provides a delightful, caring, nurturing and healthy environment. There are a variety of creative and educational programs to help the kids to grow both emotionally and intellectually. Especially, the teachers are all experienced, enthusiastic and supportive to the kids. My daughter loves this preschool!” – KU Isobel Pulsford parent
“Overall experience from waiting list to final admission of my child was very pleasant. The Director has been very, very friendly and helpful.” – KU Isobel Pulsford 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 Isobel Pulsford Memorial Preschool was started in 1963 by Isobel Pulsford, who organised the first playgroups in the Epping area.

Our large playground has been beautifully landscaped to maximise the use of the natural environment. Children are allowed 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.


Other Features

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

photo of Kelly Slip

Kelly Slip

Director

Kelly Slip is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 27 years’ experience working with preschool aged children and has worked for KU Children’s Services for over 25 years. Kelly has also recently taught early childhood education students at TAFE NSW and is passionate about supporting a new generation of highly proficient educators.

Kelly leads a team of educators who are focussed on providing a warm and caring environment for the children and families at KU Isobel Pulsford with an emphasis on strong partnerships between families and the preschool. She enjoys creating inspiring and engaging learning environments for the children that create wonder and curiosity and that create a life-long love of learning.

Our team of early childhood educators are qualified, experienced, caring and highly motivated. All hold specialist qualifications in early childhood education. The majority of our educators have been working in the centre for over ten years and are able to speak a few languages. We believe that the positive interactions children have with our staff are the most important component of our high quality program.

Children who are three years old, will pay the Unfunded Daily Fee: $72 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: $72 per day
  • …who attend two days per week (15 hours per week) will pay the Start Strong Fee: $43 per day
  • …who attend more than two days per week (more than 15 hours per week), will pay the Start Strong Fee ($43) for the first two days, then the Unfunded Daily Fee ($72) 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 Isobel Pulsford, 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.