Our Program and Approach
At KU Lance, our diverse and dedicated staff provide high quality education and care, enabling children to grow and develop to their full potential through play-based activities that are enjoyable, fun and derived from the children’s interests. Our program is flexible, allowing children and staff to interact together in a safe, positive and nurturing learning environment.
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, cooking, physical play, yoga, 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. Our focus on the arts allows us to explore culture and humanity and provides a springboard to developing a communication tool to express thinking.
KU Lance is a welcoming and calm space where each child is considered a competent, capable and unique individual who brings with them the complexities of their own experience of family and culture. As such, we aim to develop strong and positive relationships with not just the child but their entire family, working in partnership for the best possible outcomes for each child. 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 interest.
At KU Lance, we have an ongoing commitment to sustainability and nature education. Our regular excursions to Barangaroo Headland Park allow children to explore natural environments and ‘wild places’. We also utilise natural items in our teaching and learning environments, as well as a kitchen garden and several pets, to assist children in caring for other living things with whom we share the planet.
Our belief in the benefits of Nature education for children’s wellbeing, resilience and cognitive function are well supported in research. As children learn about and within the natural world, they develop a stewardship of care and respect for the environment.
Our centre has been independently assessed by the NSW Department of Education under the National Quality Standards, and are proud to be rated as 'Excellent' – in the top 1% of early childhood service providers in Australia.
However what matters most is what our families think...
“Thank you for making the past two years a very enjoyable, memorable experience full of learning. We appreciated your time and effort in making Leo comfortable and happy. Your dedication to all the children is obvious and is what sets you apart from the average centre.” – KU Lance parent
“Two years on we caught up with some old friends from Lance. It was like they had never left each other. The friendships forged at KU Lance are still going strong, whatever magic you weave down there, it's worth every effort! Thank you!” – KU Lance 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
KU Lance has been an integral part of the Millers Point Community for over 120 years with our reputation for high quality care and education. We see the local area as a rich learning environment, and venture out the gate often to explore the learning potential as part of our curriculum.
As one of KU’s oldest services, KU Lance has both a sense of history and a strong sense of community. Our distinctive inner city position surrounded by amazing heritage trees, convict-hewn sandstone and views over the Barangaroo site to the harbour, sets KU Lance apart from other CBD services. Our centre caters for both local families and those who travel to the city for work.
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. We also utilise the nearby Barangaroo Headland Park on a regular basis to extend the children’s connection to nature.
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 2016, the team at KU Lance Preschool and Children’s Centre was awarded the Making “the KU Difference” Award through Reconciliation.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan
KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Lance, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2017 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.