Our Program and Approach
At KU Macquarie Fields, 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.
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.
We believe that early childhood programs need to provide opportunities for children to grow in a developmentally appropriate way. Inherent in this is the understanding that educators and families will create partnerships that will enable children to develop to their fullest potential.
At KU Macquarie Fields, we believe that early learning environments focus on and build upon the positive aspects of a child’s abilities and support the quality of relationships children develop with staff, parents and peers and community. We also encourage the full participation of each child in our play based learning activities to support, stimulate and structure learning, to bring about progress in the individual needs and abilities of each child.
At our preschool, children will be involved in a wide range of learning experiences including constructing and building, sand and water play, art, music, science, early literacy and numeracy, storytelling, puzzles and cooking.
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.
We Focus On
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 Macquarie Fields, we focus on relationships with the local community, the understanding and respect of cultural diversity and inclusion support.
We incorporate this into our program through our great relationship with the local primary school, our links to the Department of Education and visits from local Aboriginal communities. We also have strong relationships with the early intervention service providers. We are privileged to have bi-cultural support workers in our centre and this helps to promote an understanding of each other’s cultures, language and heritage.
We feel that the children benefit from this focus, because it provides them with a sense of belonging in their local community and educates them about the wonderful uniqueness of their peers.
Our centre has been independently assessed by the NSW Department of Education 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...
"Thank you for making Hazel and her family feel very welcome to the lovely preschool community you have at KU Macquarie Fields. Hazel loves her days and wishes she could come along more days in the week! The team are doing a fabulous job with the children." - KU Macquarie Fields parent
"Thanks to each and every member of the KU Macquarie Fields Preschool team for the extraordinary effort and support for our child. Renee loves and looks forward to visit your care. She even asked me a couple of times as to why she is not going to the preschool every day, expressing her desire and keenness to visit 'right away'." - KU Macquarie Fields 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.
We have recently renovated our outdoor learning spaces and have a sensory garden, an outdoor play-space with a covered learning area, a literacy garden with an amphitheatre and a vegetable garden.
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 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 2017, the team at KU Macquarie Fields Preschool was awarded the Making “the KU Difference” Award for Communities.