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 KU Maybanke, our program facilitates each child’s learning and development in relation to their identity, connection with community, wellbeing, confidence as learners and effectiveness as communicators. We view children as active contributors to their learning and we listen to their voices, empower them to make choices and include them in decision-making.
We provide a stimulating environment with plenty of uninterrupted time for play in both our indoor and outdoor spaces, giving children variety and choice. Children access these areas on their own as they pursue their own interests and build on their skills.
We have a strong focus on ‘School Readiness’ and ‘School Transition’ for both children and their families. We support school readiness by assisting children to develop their skills in areas such as literacy, numeracy and self-care, when they are ready and at their own pace.
We aim to establish immediate rapport and a sense of belonging in our community, as families arrive through the front door.
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 Maybanke, we focus on connecting children with nature.
We incorporate this into our program through activities such as gardening, growing vegetables and fruits – which we then cook and eat. We also have a worm-farm which uses compost from our vegetable garden.
We feel that the children benefit from this focus because many of them live in an urban environment and don’t have access to their own outdoor play area. This focus is actively teaching children skills about conservation, sustainability and taking care of and respecting nature.
Our centre has been independently assessed by the Department of Education NSW 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...
“KU Maybanke is a wonderful multicultural preschool, with very passionate and professional teachers. We have enjoyed the family feel and it’s strong connection with the community. Koko and Hunter have both loved everyday at KU Maybanke. It has prepared them socially and emotionally for kindergarten.” – KU Maybanke parent
"We are incredibly grateful to have our son attending KU Maybanke. It is the educators that make this preschool a special place; they are warm, dedicated, genuinely caring, highly experienced, and supportive of each child’s needs. They take the time to get to know your child and the family. Each child feels valued and respected, which in turn makes them feel secure and safe to play and learn. My son participates in activities and play that encourage him to be creative, think and use his imagination. We appreciate the educators’ guidance and support to help each child develop social and communication skills, emotional intelligence and good values when interacting and playing with others. We have watched our son develop confidently and thrive in this environment. What a great start to school life for a little person!" - KU Maybanke 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.
KU Maybanke is housed in a beautiful heritage listed building, which is named after Maybanke Anderson, who was the founder of KU.
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 Reconciliation Action Plan
KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Maybanke, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to present it here.