Our Program and Approach
At KU Liverpool, we provide an educational program that is based on children’s individual interests and use the Early Years Learning Framework to guide our practices.
Our program is inclusive and involves all children, each with their own background and needs. We provide education and care that is individualised and we aim to create an environment where each child feels valued and nurtured in our centre.
We believe that the development of positive relationships with children is the basis for all other aspects of their learning. Our play spaces are set up to enable individual choice, participation and collaboration with others.
We believe that early childhood is a valuable stage of human development and we see young children as competent and capable learners from birth. We believe relationships to be of upmost importance and aim to develop the kinds of relationships with each child that makes them feel respected and gives them a sense of belonging to our centre community.
Families are an integral part of our program and are encouraged to participate in meaningful ways, which helps us meet their child’s needs and interests. Our team of educators acknowledge and respect the diversity of our communities and are inclusive of all family groups.
The educators facilitate learning through environments that are rich, engaging and stimulating, with an array of meaningful experiences, covering a variety of curriculum areas that are well thought out and purposeful in their intention.
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.
In addition to the high quality well-rounded programs we offer, all KU centres are also encouraged to develop an area of focus.
At KU Liverpool, our focus is the environment and how this impacts on learning, including looking at sustainability. We believe in the importance the environment has in inviting and enticing children’s engagement, through carefully constructed play spaces, sharing in the responsibility of caring for the environment and embracing the values of sustainable living.
We incorporate this focus into our program through activities such gardening projects and composting. The children have engaged in planting a variety of vegetables in our planter boxes and have cared for the plants by watering them, making scare crows to keep the birds away and harvesting fruit to use in cooking and tasting experiences. The children have also experienced the process of composting from start to finish, as they observe the change that takes place over time to all the materials we have placed in the compost bins.
Our centre has been independently assessed by the Department of Education NSW 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...
“My child has been at KU Liverpool Preschool for two years. His confidence level, interactions and communication skills have developed a lot. He loves being at preschool with his friends and teachers. The staff are very supportive.” – KU Liverpool parent
"We are happy to see our child spending happy hours in a safe, loving, creative, as well as respectful, environment. The team of educators are so supportive that the child can grow at his own pace, developing confidence. We are glad to say that KU Liverpool has been a good choice for our child." – KU Liverpool 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 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.
The KU Liverpool Team was awarded the 'Making the KU Difference for Inclusion' Award in 2023, recognising the team's dedication and enthusiasm to support all children to actively participate in a high quality inclusive program.
In addition, Director Marianna Georgiadis was the recipient of the 'Making the KU Difference to Quality' Award in 2022, for her commitment to best practice and high quality inclusive early childhood education.
The 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 Liverpool, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to present it here.