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, our special interest is environmental sustainability and outside play. We encourage children’s understanding of the world around them through the natural environment that surrounds the children at KU Leichhardt.
We incorporate this into our program through activities such as our recycling program, worm farm, herb and vegetable garden and we have unique play spaces, such as a wharf with a real boat and a cubby. We also have plans to build a frog pond.
We feel that the children benefit from this interest, because it teaches them sustainable behaviours and practices, gives them a sense of responsibility and encourages a passion for the outdoors and a love of nature.
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...
“My husband and I are very happy with KU Leichhardt. Such a lovely sense of community. Julie and her staff are so beautiful and caring with all of the children; my son loves going.” – KU Leichhardt parent
“Our son started at KU Leichhardt three weeks ago, after three years at the same child care centre. We have noticed a huge change since he started at KU. Marco looks forward to going and he tells us all about his day when he gets home – he clearly has a sense of accomplishment after a day at KU. As parents, we love that Marco has autonomy, freedom to explore and control over his actions and learning. The teachers at KU recognise and work with his strengths and interests, helping him to become an independent and self-regulated learner. We know that the work the teachers do requires skill, attentiveness, dedication and expertise. We believe Marco is building the critical life skills that will help him to be successful, however he defines success. The values at KU are clearly articulated, but more importantly, turned into a reality by the staff. When we pick him up, we see them on the floor helping him to structure and make decisions about his projects. Marco feels that KU Leichhardt is his place. He proudly shows me the garden, the place to park scooters and where he puts his bag. He is allowed to be himself and is valued for it. Thanks to Julie and the teachers at KU Leichhardt, we really appreciate that you have made Marco feel so welcome.” – 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.