Our Program and Approach
At KU Kogarah Children's Centre, we provide high quality early education and care to children whose families are employed by St George Bank, Westpac and BT Financial. Additionally, there is now the capacity to take community enrolments for positions that are not filled by St George and Westpac employees.
We promote a play-based approach to learning, allowing children to guide their own learning and discovery, with support from our team of educators to facilitate the process. Our program caters for the strengths and interests of individual children, as well as those engaged in small groups.
Our centre is a welcoming and nurturing space where each child is immersed in a rich tapestry of educationally interactive experiences – a space where children are supported to be their own, unique selves, growing and developing a sense of belonging and empowerment.
Building close partnerships with families is very important to us and we believe that a child’s family is their most important influence. Our open-door policy invites families into our centre to share their child’s experiences and we welcome their input into our service and program.
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 Kogarah Children's Centre, we specialise in cultural competence and inclusion.
We incorporate this into our program through our cultural program – which includes the continuous learning of new cultural traditions, and honouring differences.
We feel that the children benefit from this specialisation, because our centre and families are multi-cultural and it encourages all of us to learn about each other’s cultures and also encourages respect and inclusion.
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...
“Everyone is so lovely at the centre and I know my child is getting the best care and attention.” – KU Kogarah Children's Centre parent
“I love the enthusiasm and care level of the team. The team are excellent at respecting different parenting decisions. They are outside the mainstream and I am grateful for that. You guys work so hard at the job that is so incredibly difficult. We can’t thank you enough.” – KU Kogarah Children's Centre Parent
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 centre is housed in a renovated building, and has a large outdoor space which incorporates a play area and nature area.
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 Kograrah Children's Centre, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to present it here.