KU Kingfisher Preschool

Cnr Mt Austin Avenue & Bolger Avenue
WAGGA WAGGA NSW 2650
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  • 02 6925 1650
  • 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.

At KU Kingfisher preschool, we believe that forming strong, secure and safe attachments with children is very important. When children feel safe, secure and supported, their self-esteem is encouraged and they feel comfortable, which leads to more opportunities for learning.

Our program includes the Early Years Learning Framework ‘Belonging, Being and Becoming’. Our educators use the Framework in partnership with input from families, to develop learning programs that are responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities, and we recognise that children learn through play.

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.

Connections with families and children are highly valued in our service and educators are committed to developing and maintaining these through daily interactions. Educators are always available to discuss with families, both informally and formally, information about their child’s development.

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 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 Kingfisher Preschool we specialise in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History and Culture of the traditional owners.

Our specialisation is to build relationships with our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and be recognised as a place that welcomes everyone in our community. We strive to be a place that listens and supports a voice in the community for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to engage in our community with respect and authenticity, by having local Wiradjuri and Torres Strait islander peoples teaching the children history and culture.


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...

"The staff at KU Kingfisher Preschool are fantastic. Very approachable, knowledgeable and extremely friendly. They have made the process very easy and I especially love the daily phone calls to reassure me that my son has settled in and is having a great day." KU Kingfisher parent

"KU Kingfisher Preschool is great! All the teachers and assistants are always so upbeat and pleasant, they create a positive learning environment for the children. Our four year old son is the second of our children to attend and we couldn’t be happier. KU Kingfisher Preschool has helped them both grow and discover their own personalities. We are very pleased with our children’s learning and social skill development and are thankful to KU Kingfisher for contributing to this. The staff deserve well earned compliments for attending to our most precious investment during the day – our child." KU Kingfisher 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 allow children to explore nature and discover the natural environment. We want children to be able to dig in the sand, 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. We have natural shade due to our many trees in our large outdoor environment.


Our Awards

The Annual KU Difference Awards were introduced a number of years ago, as a way of acknowledging KU staff who have made a significant contribution to KU. These annual awards are open to all KU staff, at any level (either individual staff or a team), who have worked above and beyond their normal duties.

In 2015, the team at KU Kingfisher Preschool was awarded the Making “the KU Difference” Award by Representing KU.


Our Reconciliation Action Plan

KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Kingfisher Preschool, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2017 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.


Other Features

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

photo of Francine Owen

Francine Owen

Director

Francine has been a preschool Director for 18 years and has been at KU Kingfisher since 2005. She has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Francine is a dedicated mother, who is passionate about social issues, such as inclusion and supporting the disadvantaged. Francine strives to help people in need and acknowledges empathy and understanding as important qualities.

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.

Children who are three years old, will pay the Unfunded Daily Fee: $60 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: $60 per day
  • …who attend two days per week (15 hours per week) will pay the Start Strong Fee: $9 per day
  • …who attend more than two days per week (more than 15 hours per week), will pay the Start Strong Fee ($9) for the first two days, then the Unfunded Daily Fee ($60) 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 Kingfisher, 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.