KU Merewether Preschool

25 Caldwell Street
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  • Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm

Our Program and Approach

At KU Merewether Preschool, we aim to provide an innovative educational opportunity and experience for all children to develop their unique strengths and realise their full potential.

We recognise this will be different for each child and the key to our teaching is to understand and know children as individuals. We do this through building relationships with children and families from the very first moment.

Our play-based environment offers an exciting opportunity to discover and learn. We believe that through play, children learn the skills of independence, self-regulation and planning, using feelings and dispositions that provide a solid foundation for their lifelong learning and relationships.

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 experiences including visual arts, gardening, music, physical play, building and constructions, sand and water play, science experiments, early numeracy activities such as counting and measurement, and early literacy activities such as drawing and reading.

At KU Merewether, we are proud of our long history since 1959 and reputation within the local community of providing rich education and care that concentrates on individual children in a family-focussed and supportive way.

We aim to establish an 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.

Our Specialisation

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

At KU Merewether Preschool, we specialise in learning through ongoing projects and investigations lead by the children’s interests.

We incorporate this throughout our program weaving multiple learning areas and learning styles within our curriculum and beyond.

We feel that the children benefit from project based learning as they delve deeper into understanding areas of interest as we research, discover and learn together. Parents and families also collaborate with the learning extending through to home and back to preschool. We document and display the amazing learning journeys from these projects regularly within the preschool and in digital formats.

Our Quality

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...

"A big thank you for your effort into making such an amazing, fun learning environment for the children. KU Merewether Preschool is such a special place." - KU Merewether 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 with the environment acting as a supportive element to these relationships. We work hard to create beautiful, interesting, homelike learning environments for children.

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, garden, discover and learn about insects and enjoy connecting with nature. The many play experiences we offer enable children to immerse themselves in the natural elements of their surroundings and 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 Merewether, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2017 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.

Other Features

Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play

photo of Nicole Vesperman

Nicole Vesperman


Nicole is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 20 years’ experience working with children. She has been working at KU Merewether since 2013 and has also taught at TAFE and University, as well as presenting professional development workshops. Nicole is interested in visual arts, connecting to nature and learning through discovery.

Our team of early childhood educators are qualified, experienced, caring and highly motivated. All hold specialist qualifications in early childhood education, and most have worked with KU for more than 15 years. We believe that the positive interactions children have with our staff are the most important component of our high quality program.

The daily fees for 2019 at KU Merewether Preschool are:

  • Start Strong Fee: $41
  • Unfunded Fee: $72.50

Which fee will you pay?

Start Strong Fee

The NSW Government provides preschool funding, called Start Strong funding. This funding is to be directed towards children in the year before they are eligible to start school (four and five year olds) who are enrolled in a preschool program for 15 hours per week. Across KU Preschools, the ‘15 hours’ is met by enrolling in two x 7.5 hour days per week.

Start Strong funding is then passed on as a fee reduction for those 15 hours, with the Start Strong fee then applied to all four and five year old children enrolled for two days (15 hours) per week.

The NSW Department of Education requires parents to sign the ‘Consent to use and disclosure of personal information’ form at the time of enrolment (see KU’s Standard Terms for the Enrolment of Children, p.4). Your eligibility for Start Strong Funding is conditional upon signing this form.

Unfunded Fee

The Unfunded Fee is charged when:

  • Children are three years old
  • Children are four or five years old who:
    • Only attend one day per week (less than 15 hours); or
    • Attend more than two days (15 hours) per week – you will pay the Start Strong Fee for the first two days, then the Unfunded Daily Fee for each day after that.

Is there a discounted 3-year-old fee?

You may have seen media reports that the NSW Government is extending Start Strong funding to three year olds in 2019. Whilst funding for three year olds will be less than for older children, it is still very welcome news.

The NSW Government will release that funding mid-2019. We look forward to being able to pass this funding on to families as discounted fees at that time. Until then, families of three year old children will be charged the Unfunded Fee.

Are you a Health Care Card holder?

If you hold a Health Care Card, you may be entitled to a further discount on your preschool fees. Please speak with the Preschool Director further about this.