Our Program and Approach
At our centre childhood is celebrated. When they play and explore, children's imagination and curiosity is sparked – they enjoy learning, and are inspired to continue learning more.
At Little Stars at Southern Cross, our aim is to provide an educational program that gives children the opportunity to enjoy learning and to develop their individual potential across all the developmental domains.
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. From our first contact with your child, we begin the critical first steps of establishing positive, effective and secure relationships, the foundation for everything that follows.
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 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 Southern Cross, our special interest is environmental sustainability.
We incorporate this into our program through activities such as our worm-farm, which teaches children how composting works, maintaining our garden and teaching the importance of recycling.
We feel that the children benefit from this interest, because it teaches them sustainable practices to take with them into their childhood and adult lives and it teaches them about their local ecosystem, enhancing their awareness of the environment.
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 Meeting the National Quality Standard.
However what matters most is what our families think...
“We could not be happier with KU Little Stars Southern Cross. The facilities are amazing and all the staff are fantastic - they're all passionate about educating the children. We love the updates posted on Story Park. It's a massive relief to be able to leave your child in a safe and fun environment, where you know they will thrive.” - Little Stars Southern Cross parent
“During our time with Little Stars, we have found the service wonderful in absolutely every aspect. Outside of their roles as educators of our Children, all staff are warm and welcoming and immediately put the children at ease. From their learning needs to dietary requirements, they understand the importance of getting to know each child as an individual and designing activities that cater to both their interests and those of the wider group. Our current Teacher is absolutely outstanding at designing fun, engaging, educational activities with targeted learning outcomes and we could not be happier with our choice of facility for our son." - Little Stars Southern Cross 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.
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 2018, Emily Li at Little Stars at Southern Cross was awarded the Making “the KU Difference” Award through Sustainability.