KU Kookaburra Preschool

82 Coleman Street
WAGGA WAGGA NSW 2650
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  • 02 6925 2669
  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Preschoolers

Our Program and Approach

At KU Kookaburra, we provide a play-based learning program that is responsive to the strengths, interests and needs of children.

Our educators aim to ensure all children develop secure, reciprocal relationships with their educators and peers, enabling them to grow to become confident people who respect diversity and make a valued contribution to society.

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

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.

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.

We aim to establish immediate rapport and a sense of belonging in our community, as families arrive through the front door.

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 Special Interest

In addition to the high quality well-rounded programs we offer, all KU centres are also encouraged to develop an area of special interest.

At KU Kookaburra our special interest area is Sustainability. Our educators are committed to providing a service that promotes and practises sustainability. We take a highly practical approach to this. At our service, you will notice we have chickens that wander our natural playground. The children are actively involved in their care. The children are also involved in growing vegetables and sharing the produce with our families. Within our learning environments, you will find natural materials for use in our construction and craft. We source natural materials for our props in our social and dramatic play areas. We recognise the significant role our service has in modelling sustainable values and practices, supporting life-long learning for a sustainable future


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 Meeting the National Quality Standard.

However what matters most is what our families think...

“The staff at KU Kookaburra are fantastic. They really care about the individual children and there is always a variety of activities. The educational content has been very interesting and exciting for our children.” – KU Kookaburra parent

“My son loves his day at KU Kookaburra. The activities offered are fun, appropriate and varied. The staff are caring and supportive.” – KU Kookaburra 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.

KU Kookaburra Preschool caters for 28 children a day. The Preschool was established over 60 years ago. The original building stood where our playground is now. The older building needed replacing, so as a community, 30 years ago, our new building was built. Our beautiful, large established trees were incorporated into our new playground ensuring we had a lush, natural area for the children to enjoy.

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 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 Kookaburra 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 Kookaburra, 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

Extended Hours
Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Play-based Learning
Parking
Outdoor Play
Storypark
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photo of Kerrie Harris

Kerrie Harris

Director

Kerrie has worked at KU Kookaburra since 2002 and has a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). Prior to her work at KU Kookaburra, Kerrie worked in various other Early Childhood settings for over 15 years. Kerrie’s particular interests are children’s literacy and sustainability.

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.

We are proud that the staff at KU Kookaburra are experienced and have worked together for many years. The enables us to offer a consistently high quality program with our individual staff members sharing particular strengths and interests.

Children who are three years old, will pay the Unfunded Daily Fee: $61 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: $61 per day
  • …who attend two days per week (15 hours per week) will pay the Start Strong Fee: $23 per day
  • …who attend more than two days per week (more than 15 hours per week), will pay the Start Strong Fee ($23) for the first two days, then the Unfunded Daily Fee ($61) 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 Kookaburra, 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.