KU Lance

37 High Street
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  • Monday to Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm
Babies Toddlers Preschoolers NSW Fee Relief – Childcare

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 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...

“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

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 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.

Our Awards

The team at KU Lance was awarded the 'Making the KU Difference through Reconciliation' Award in 2016.

The annual 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.

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.

Other Features

Child Care Subsidy
Cooked Meal
Designed Centre
Extended Hours
Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play

photo of Ewa Karus

Ewa Karus


Ewa is a university qualified teacher with over 14 years’ experience in the early childhood sector. She loves being part of the early childhood sector, working collaboratively to give every child the opportunity to thrive. She is passionate about having the opportunity to make a positive impact on the wellbeing, learning and development of generations to come.

Ewa believes it is important to have a mindset where you are always learning new and exciting ways to engage children in learning and developing through play. She continues to be inspired by the learning opportunities around her, not just her current research at university or professional training, but the inspiration that comes from working with the children, families and an amazing team of educators.

Outside of early childhood education, Ewa loves exploring Sydney’s food truck scene, finding local food gems and baking for family and friends. She also loves reading a good book, going camping with her family, and learning new languages. Feel free to visit KU Lance and have a chat about the wonderful learning its community has to offer!

Our Team

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.

The daily fees for 2024 at KU Lance Children's Centre are:

  • Infants: $188
  • Toddlers: $188
  • Preschoolers: $185.50

This is the full daily fee. If you are entitled to Child Care Subsidy, this will reduce the daily fee you are charged.

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, KU has remained very proudly a not-for-profit provider of quality education for more than 125 years. In the past, KU has taken great pride in offering the very best services with minimal increased fees wherever possible. However this year is different, escalating operating costs have meant that in 2024 we are forced to increase fees at a higher rate than we would normally.

The fee increase will ensure we can continue to improve the quality of our services and invest in our highly skilled teachers and educators. We recognise our staff are the heart of KU as they build strong nurturing relationships with children and families whilst continuing to provide a high-quality learning program. These are vital factors that contribute to what is most important to us all – the best outcomes for children.

Overall, KU services hold the highest ratings across the National Quality Standard, with 82% of our services either Excellent or Exceeding, compared to the sector benchmark of 45%.

KU does not distribute our profits to shareholders or send them offshore.

About Child Care Subsidy

Child Care Subsidy is the main payment to assist families with the costs of childcare. It is paid directly to the childcare provider and passed onto families as a fee reduction wherever families meet the criteria. The level of subsidy you receive, as well as the number of hours you will be subsidised, depends on your individual family’s circumstances.

If you do not already have one, you will need a MyGov account linked to Centrelink to claim any subsidy you may be eligible for, and to find out more information, please contact Centrelink on 136 150 or visit www.dese.gov.au.

NSW Start Strong Fee Relief

From 2024, the NSW government has provided additional fee relief funding, based on $2,110 per eligible 4 year old child attending a preschool program within a long day care service. This funding is applied as a weekly credit to the gap fee after CCS has been applied or to full fees where a family does not receive CCS. The Start Strong fee relief will not impact CCS entitlements.

If your child is 3 years old and not yet 4 years old on, or before 31 July 2024 and enrolled at an eligible long day care service, you will receive up to $500 in fee relief.

Start Strong fee relief funding is for children who are 4 years old on or before 31 July 2024, and can only be accessed in one service. This could either be in a community preschool or long day care service. If you have a child who may be eligible, please discuss this with your service Director.

The NSW Department of Education requires parents to sign the ‘Fee Relief Declaration and Consent’ form at the time of enrolment. Your eligibility for Start Strong fee relief Funding is conditional upon signing this form.