Our Program and Approach
At KU Kintaiba, we provide a holistic approach to children’s learning which promotes high expectations and equity, and is captured through observable and opportune teachable moments. Our educators aim to provide a curriculum based on children’s interests, abilities and strengths and encompasses an ongoing cycle of planning, observation, analysis, reflection and evaluation of each child’s development.
We believe that play is a valued learning process for children and provides opportunities to discover, create, improvise and imagine in a supportive and respectful environment. Our aim is to support children’s sense of belonging, being and becoming through play-based engagement, and respect children’s voices.
We recognise and value our centre as a culturally diverse and inclusive community and believe in showing respect for families’ lives, cultures and identities. We aim to promote cultural competence in educators and children throughout our everyday practices.
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.
At KU Kintaiba, we specialise in cultural competency as our overarching specialisation with a special interest in art, sustainability and science.
We incorporate this into our program through activities such as celebrating cultural events, and having this imbedded into the daily program. This is reflected in the centre menu, activities and resources provided by the centre.
We feel that the children benefit from this specialisation, because we are an inclusive and diverse centre and this supports children’s overall wellbeing as they grow and develop throughout childhood and beyond.
As art is a special interest, Amanda who as one of our educators has a Degree in Fine Arts, is enriching the educators and children with her experience and knowledge. This is incorporated into our cultural awareness and practices.
The centre is involved in the Little Scientist Program, where educators incorporate maths and science into the regular program. We aim to create an atmosphere where children feel inspired to engage in the processes of scientific learning, including inquiry, experimentation and research.
Our centre has been independently assessed by the NSW Department of Education under the National Quality Standard, and are proud to be rated as Meeting the National Quality Standard.
However what matters most is what our families think....
“We are so grateful of the dedicated team at KU Kintaiba. We have experienced the value of your nurturing care first hand. It has been wonderful to see our boys adjust, grow, learn, become and belong.” – KU Kintaiba Parent
“Thank you for all the care. All the staff are obviously providing terrific activities to stimulate and interest the children.” – KU Kintaiba Grandparent
In 2023, KU Kintaiba Educator Tash Mackle was the recipient of the 'Making the KU Difference for Communities' Award.
The Making the KU Difference Awards were introduced a number of years ago, as a way of acknowledging KU staff who have worked above and beyond their normal duties to make a significant contribution to KU.
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 Kintaiba is located on the grounds of the University of Newcastle. It is architecturally designed and is quite unique in its appearance. It was originally opened in 1977 with viewing areas above all play rooms so that the centre could work in conjunction with the early childhood department. The centre's unusual building shape adds to its unique feel and atmosphere. The external walls are windows, which captures the natural light and allows the natural bush setting to be viewed from all rooms. It is a very attractive and relaxing setting for learning.
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 mud, 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.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan
KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Kintaiba, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and are proud to present it here.