KU Maidstone Children's Centre

7-9 Hampstead Road
MAIDSTONE VIC 3012
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Our Program and Approach

At KU Maidstone Children’s 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 are dedicated to providing a high quality education and care service that concentrates on individual children and embraces families as the child’s first educators.

Our play-based program and learning environment intentionally provide opportunities and activities based upon the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework, for your child to learn to socially connect with peers, their environment and their community. We encourage children to laugh, think, question and learn. Their sense of self and confidence grows as they make connections with each other, and build warm, trusting relationships with our team.

We observe and record children’s development, interests and strengths and plan the learning environment based on this knowledge. This approach facilitates in children a lifelong love of learning and curiosity.

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 educational program offers children the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of learning experiences, each specifically designed to promote children’s confidence as capable, active participants in their own learning. Children are presented with a range of experiences 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, families and our community, and we look forward to the opportunity of including your family in the life of our centre.


Our Focus Area

In addition to the high quality well-rounded educational programs we offer, all KU centres are encouraged to develop an area of focus.

At KU Maidstone, we have focus on the development of strong, respectful and reciprocal relationships with children and their families.

We build this approach into our program through the implementation of the key educator approach. We feel that the children benefit from this focus because continuity and consistency of care between the family and educators establishes familiarity for children, building a sense of trust and connection with educators and the service. This in turn leads to children’s positive engagement with educators, resources and learning.

The key educator approach assigns one educator to a small group of children within each room. This educator will be the link between home and service. The key educator will meet each individual child’s specific needs while building connection and relationship. Children remain in their room and age group for the calendar year and at the beginning of each new year will transfer with an educator to this next age group. This allows peer groups and educators to remain connected during their time at the service.


Our Quality


Our centre opened on 10 January 2022 and will be independently assessed by the Department of Education and Training Victoria under the National Quality Standards.


However what matters most is what our families think....

“Experienced, patient caring educators. Professional admin staff and nutritious meals. The team at KU are amazing. KU Maidstone is a brand new, spotless and calm environment for children to learn and grow; both my children attend there. We are a very happy KU family and would recommend to other families living in the area. 5 stars.” - KU Maidstone Parent

Our Environment

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 maximise the use of the natural environment and allow children to play and explore as they would in their own backyard. We offer stimulating activities that arouse children’s curiosity and encourage them to choose from a variety of planned experiences, expanding their learning potential. Our playground includes natural elements such as sand, water, grass, mud, leaves and twigs, and we also offer gross motor experiences such as climbing, jumping and physical play. We foster the holistic development of each child so they feel inspired to create, imagine and play.


Our Practice Statement

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet, work, live, play and learn, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation

We pay respect to Elders past present and emerging and acknowledge past and ongoing injustices experienced by Australia’s First Peoples.

We honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples connection to country, community and culture, and respect their right to take the lead in defining what and how their children’s culture is shared and who teaches them.

We recognise the legitimacy of the impact of bias and injustice on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Recent history of bias and injustice include (but not limited to):

  • Children stolen from families
  • Children excluded from accessing education
  • Children incarcerated and abused in institutions
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people enslaved in unpaid work
  • Exclusion of local languages
  • No right to vote
  • No access to basic human rights

We commit to working for the self determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We commit to join them in speaking their truths and providing culturally safe environments.


Other Features

Allied Health
Education for Sustainability
Storypark
University Qualified Educators
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Parking
Nappies
Experienced Staff
Hat and Sunscreen
Extended Hours
Cooked Meal
Designed Centre
Child Care Subsidy
photo of Lynn Farrell

Lynn Farrell

Director

Lynn is a university qualified early childhood teacher and workplace trainer with initial qualifications in Mothercraft Nursing. She has worked in a range of community-based non-profit organisations and services, and draws from a strong social justice and equity perspective and a child’s rights approach.

Lynn is committed to the provision of high quality early childhood education and, as a leader, mentors educators to build capacity, skills, knowledge and understanding of children’s learning and development. She has been acknowledged for her work on inclusion, children’s rights and working with babies in group settings.

Our Team

Our team of early childhood educators are qualified, experienced, caring and highly motivated. All hold specialist qualifications in early childhood education. We believe that the positive interactions children have with our staff are the most important component of our high-quality program.

KU Maidstone has been fortunate to secure employment of highly skilled and qualified early childhood educators. Our educators come from diverse ethnic backgrounds with five different languages being spoken, long term tenure at KU, appreciation and respect for difference and warm welcoming dispositions that facilitate positive connections for babies, toddlers and children.

The daily fees for 2022 at KU Maidstone Children's Centre are:

Fee Amount
Infants $148.00
Toddlers $148.00
Preschoolers $148.00

Which fee will you pay?

This is the full daily fee. If you are entitled to Child Care Subsidy, this will reduce the daily fee you are charged.

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, KU has remained very proudly a not-for-profit provider of quality education for more than 125 years. Like all early childhood education providers, our costs continue to be subject to market factors such as CPI, salary costs, Government funding and the requirements of the National Quality Framework.

Our fees are designed to cover the operational costs of delivering the unique KU learning experience, and to ensure KU can continue delivering those experiences for many years to come. Any surplus we may make is reinvested into our local staff, continually improving the quality of our services, and ensuring our long-term sustainability. KU does not distribute our profits to shareholders or send them offshore.

About Child Care Subsidy

Child Care Subsidy is the main payment to assist families with the costs of childcare. It is paid directly to the childcare provider and passed onto families as a fee reduction wherever families meet the criteria. The level of subsidy you receive, as well as the number of hours you will be subsidised, depends on your individual family’s circumstances.

If you do not already have one, you will need a MyGov account linked to Centrelink to claim any subsidy you may be eligible for, and to find out more information, please contact Centrelink on 136 150 or visit www.education.gov.au.