Our Program and Approach
At KU Leichhardt, we provide a play-based program that is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework. Our program facilitates each child’s learning and development in relation to their identity, wellbeing, connection with community, confidence as learners and effectiveness as communicators.
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 view children as active contributors to their learning and empower them to make choices. We listen to children’s voices, with their ideas and needs guiding our planning decisions. We maintain close relationships with families and encourage parents to make contributions to and enhance our daily program.
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 Leichhardt, one of our special interests is environmental sustainability. In order for our children and future generations to continue to enjoy what we have today, it is important they learn from an early age ways in which their actions and choices can impact upon the environment. We believe children will become the advocates to champion for change and develop new technologies to improve quality of life.
In order for this occur, embedding sustainability into the children's program is important. At KU Leichhardt Preschool, the children understand that their fruit and vegetable scraps are saved to feed the worms in our worm farm, which in turn produces worm juice to fertilise our vegetable and herb garden. Excess scraps are put into our compost bin. Our children use recyclable materials such as boxes, tubes, yogurt lids, fruit containers and other items to design and build all manners of wonderful creations. The impact of plastic on the ocean and sea creatures is an ongoing topic of interest, discussion and learning.
Practicing sustainability empowers children to construct knowledge, explore values and develop an appreciation of the environment and its relationship to their worlds. We believe this will lay the foundation for an environmentally responsible adulthood.
Our centre has been independently assessed by the Department of Education NSW under the National Quality Standards, and are rated as Working Towards the National Quality Standard.
However what matters most is what our families think...
"As an Early Childhood Teacher myself, choosing a high quality centre for my daughter was very important - KU Leichhardt has ticked all the boxes, and provided an excellent education and loving care for my daughter over the past 2.5 years. Director Minnie and her wonderful team have implemented an outstanding programme, which caters to individual children, as well as providing amazing group learning opportunities. The small class size is a bonus - my daughter’s particular social/emotional needs were met in the most attentive way, and she is subsequently well-prepared for the challenge of “big school” next year. Highly recommended!" – KU Leichhardt parent
"A hidden gem for kids in Leichhardt! We have had our eldest child here for 2 years now and plan on sending our youngest child when she is ready. The staff put serious time and effort into not just looking after the children but in actively identifying learning opportunities, structuring activities around them, and posting stories and photos daily to an app where you can see the progress they are making, tied back to learning outcomes. The play based approach to learning has made the kids a tight knit group and made our child more interested in learning. The facilities were already good but have recently been upgraded to include monkey bars and other outdoor equipment, so there is a good focus on health and play as well Minnie and Hnin are mainstays and have been fantastic and have become a huge part of our child's life. The smaller size of the class (often 5 or 6 kids) means our child gets such dedicated and personalised care that you just won't find in other preschools. Other parents that have moved their kids from other preschools have mentioned just this and have seen dramatic improvement in their children's learning. I can't recommend more highly the quality of care our child has received here and would recommend to any parent." – KU Leichhardt 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 Leichhardt is a small sun-filled building leading on to a natural oasis garden. We have a large variety of tall trees and unique outdoor play equipment. Our boat allows children to play and pretend that they are going on adventures.
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 Leichhardt, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.