KU Karingal Preschool

Community Place, off Boronia Road
GREENACRE NSW 2190
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  • 02 9759 9354
  • Monday to Friday 8:15am - 3:45pm
Preschoolers

Our Program and Approach

At KU Karingal, we are proud of our reputation within the local community of providing rich education and care that concentrates on individual children in a family-focused and supportive way.

We provide an environment that is safe and secure where each child feels valued and respected. We encourage children to become confident and involved learners where they are able to make independent play choices, and to develop an interest in the world around them to foster a love for life long learning.

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, cooking, puppetry, early numeracy activities such as counting and measurement, and early literacy activities such as reading, drawing and writing.

We believe the foundation for learning is in the relationships children develop with their educators and peers. Our educators are actively engaged with children as they play, and create supportive and nurturing relationships with each child, extending on their interests and learning.

Our physical environment is spacious and inviting, allowing children to make play choices and develop their interests and skills. We encourage children to connect with nature through gardening, engaging actively with the outdoor environment and exploring natural objects.

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 Karingal, we focus on developing literacy and communication skills through dramatic play.

We incorporate this into our program through activities such as the addition of literacy props into our play area and staff becoming immersed in play with the children. Staff model how to use these props, and support children in their exploration and play.

We feel that the children benefit from this focus, because it enriches their verbal and written communication skills.


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...

“Karingal is a wonderful, nurturing environment that fosters learning and gives children opportunities to develop interests and independence. The staff are fantastic! They are very caring, approachable, sensitive to the children’s individual needs and treat the children with respect. I really love that children are encouraged to be children and learn about the world around them through play.” – KU Karingal Parent

“Thank you all very much for welcoming our family into this wonderful community you have built at KU Karingal. Our child has enjoyed his year more than I could have imagined and the care you have all showed towards him has helped shape his character in so many ways.” – KU Karingal 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.

We are situated in a park, and as such are immersed in nature. We love wildlife at KU Karingal and encourage children to interact with it. We inspect native insects, spiders, birds and more.

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, 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

Extended Hours
Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play
Award
Storypark

photo of Natalie Lombe

Natalie Lombe

Director

Natalie is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 26 years’ experience working with children and babies. She has been working at KU Karingal since 2000. Natalie has a particular interest in encouraging children’s imagination, creativity and promoting their interest in the world around them. She acknowledges the importance of group time, especially in sharing stories, puppetry, music and drama. Her goal is for the children to leave the preschool as confident individuals with an eagerness to learn about the world around them.

Our team of early childhood educators are qualified, experienced, caring and highly motivated, with three team members having been at the centre for over 17 years. 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.

KU Karingal staff exhibit characteristics and core values that distinguish a quality service. We encapsulate the principles of the EYLS in belonging, being and becoming, in welcoming all children and families, respecting and valuing children’s abilities and enriching opportunities for children to learn in. This is particularly important given the diversity of the local community.

Children who are three years old, will pay the Unfunded Daily Fee: $62 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: $62 per day
  • …who attend two days per week (15 hours per week) will pay the Start Strong Fee: $34 per day
  • …who attend more than two days per week (more than 15 hours per week), will pay the Start Strong Fee ($34) for the first two days, then the Unfunded Daily Fee ($62) 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 Karingal, 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.