KU John J. Carroll Preschool

2 Phelps Street
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  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm

Our Program and Approach

At KU John J Carroll, our educational program is play-based, with educators collaborating with children and families to ensure that experiences offered relate to the interests, strengths and development of children and provide a balance of success and challenge.

Daily learning experiences for children include a balance of indoor and outdoor play, active and passive learning, individual and small group experiences and child initiated and educator initiated activities.

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.

At KU John J Carroll, we are proud of our reputation within the local community for providing rich education and care that concentrates on individual children in a family-focused and supportive way. We place a strong emphasis on making connections with the children and their families so that they feel connected and secure within our care.

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 John J Carroll, we focus on our community and parent partnerships. Our community is surrounded by many local businesses as well as a strong parent community with an array of expertise.

We feel that the children benefit from this focus, because Surry Hills is a unique, densely populated community encompassing a great range of cultures, businesses and diverse family groups. Through exposing the children to this variety within their community, we are enriching their awareness of the world around them and strengthening their feelings of belonging.

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...

“The preschool’s emphasis on learning through play, the nurturing environment and the sense of community has really helped my two children become respectful, caring and interesting little human beings, as well as giving them the space they need to be ready for school.” - KU John J Carroll parent
"Our friends and neighbours had said such great things about KU John J Carroll, but it wasn't until our daughter started at the preschool that we realised what a gem we had in the community. Professional, nurturing educators, who put the child first. We couldn't be happier." - KU John J Carroll 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, 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.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU John J. Carroll, 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 Gianna Black

Gianna Black


Gianna is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 30 years’ experience working at KU Children’s Services. She commenced at KU John J Carroll in 2017, previously working as a Director at a range of services within KU. Gianna is a Marte Meo Supervisor and a Facilitator in the Circle of Security Parenting Program. Both of these programs have strongly informed Gianna in her practice in supporting each child’s social and emotional wellbeing within the program. Working closely with educators and parents through training and mentoring within the service, Gianna supports their understanding and implementation of the guiding principles of these programs within the service and within the home. Gianna believes it is important to allow each child to develop their own inner capacities within an environment where their emotional and relationship needs are met, allowing children to have the opportunity to resource their own learning either independently or with others, through the learning environments provided for them each day.

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 majority of the educators at KU John J Carroll have been working at the centre for over 10 years, providing consistency and predictability to the children and families within the community. Educators have years of experience drawing on their expertise to ensure the educational program delivered is of a high standard and they are committed to ongoing professional learning and development.

The daily fees for 2019 at KU John J Carroll Preschool are:

  • Start Strong Fee: $48
  • 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.