Our Program and Approach
As part of the company's commitment to helping employees manage work and family life, NAB has constructed three work-based childcare centres in Sydney and Melbourne. KU Little Stars at Bourke Children's Centre is owned by NAB and operated by KU Children's Services, a recognised leader in the provision of early childhood education and care. The centre is a work based service for permanent NAB employees only. KU Little Stars are purpose built to the highest industry standards and provide exceptional education and care for children within a safe and nurturing environment.
Our play-based program intentionally provides opportunities and activities based upon the Early Years Learning Framework, for your child to discover and pursue their own interests and strengths.
At KU Little Stars at Bourke Children’s Centre, 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 cooking, 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 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 Little Stars Bourke, our special interest is children’s wellbeing.
We incorporate this into our program through daily routines such as dressing, meal times, promoting children’s free movement, nappy change, nose wiping, sleep, rest and play times. Using mindful communication that focusses on the behaviour, rather than the individual child, helps to support their developing sense of self.
We feel that the children benefit from this interest, because healthy social-emotional development in young children correlates with healthy cognitive development and therefore creates strong foundations for future learning and achievement. Cognitive growth does not occur in isolation, it comes through curiosity and interaction. Positive social emotional growth builds the necessary communications skills for learning throughout a child’s life.
Our centre has been independently assessed by the Department of Education and Training Victoria under the National Quality Standards, and are proud to be rated as Exceeding the National Quality Standard.
However what matters most is what our families think...
"As a parent, I love watching my child develop and I have noticed that at KU the teachers build on the skills and interests my child has to challenge and grow them even further. From knowing a few letters he now knows the whole alphabet!" - Little Stars at Bourke parent
"Our three-year old daughter has been with Little Stars for a year and a half now and it’s one of the best decisions we made for her. From day one there is a strong sense of community, belonging and professionalism. All the educators are relaxed, accommodating, friendly and caring. You can sense and see they are supported in their profession and they love what they are doing, which impacts the way they are able to take care of the children and attend to the parents. Little Stars has provided a safe and enjoyable environment for my daughter. She is always happy to go to “school” (as she calls it) and always talks about her friends and her teachers. We are also amazed at the activities held for the kids, such as baby yoga, baking, painting, dress-up and sea animals, that allows them to learn in a such a creative and fun way! Little Stars has also paved the path for the parents to interact more and build relationships outside of the day care, which further strengthens the bond of the children. Over-all, we feel so blessed and grateful to be part of this first-class day care. What a team!" - Little Stars at Bourke 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.
Our playground is our outdoor learning environment and includes natural elements such as sand, grass, water, mud, leaves and twigs and kitchen gardens. Wherever possible we avoid using lots of fixed, plastic equipment in our playground. Instead we provide an ever-changing array of challenging and interesting activities and equipment, explored by children and educators together. These activities help with the development of children’s gross motor skills, enhancing their overall health and wellbeing as they discover their strengths and abilities 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 Little Stars at Bourke, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.