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.
Our child-centred, play-based program includes a wide range of intentional learning experiences and reflects best practice, drawn from knowledge of early childhood educational philosophies including Montesorri, Reggio Emilia, Circle of Security and Marte Meo.
We aim to develop the potential of each individual child through the practice of relationships in a range of learning areas, equipping each child with ‘skills for life’.
We believe that each child is a unique individual, developing in their own way and in their own time. Our role as educators is to provide an inclusive, nurturing and supportive environment where each child comfortably belongs, and to encourage experiences that enhance each child’s journey towards becoming their own selves.
Our Special Interest
In addition to the high quality well-rounded programs we offer, all KU centres are also encouraged to develop an area of interest.
At KU Milperra, our special interest is building healthy minds.
We incorporate this into our program through activities such as conversations, stories and discussions, role play and modelling, relaxation and mindfulness experiences and group work.
We feel that the children benefit from this interest because we know how important it is for children to feel safe, have a sense of belonging, build strong connections with others, develop social and play skills and learn to manage challenges and difficulties they may face. By supporting children to develop skills that will build positive mental health and life skills such as resilience, mindfulness and coping strategies and techniques, children are building a toolkit of skills they can use throughout life.
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...
"KU Milperra Preschool has given my three kids the best possible start to their early education and we could not have asked for more dedicated and caring staff. As a parent, I have always felt valued and well informed about my children’s experiences at preschool. The communication tools used by KU staff via email or StoryPark are outstanding. The KU Milperra team provide a caring and supportive environment that has supported and encouraged my children to explore and learn. Chloe, Olivia and Jacob have enjoyed the engaging play based programs that cater for their individual interests and have helped them develop independence, confidence, social skills and most importantly a love of learning. The KU Milperra team have guided and nurtured my children ensuring that they will be ready for school and equipped to handle any challenges along the way. As a Kindergarten teacher, I understand the importance of quality early education and the difference it can make when children start school – I can highly recommend KU Milperra and the quality early learning program they provide." - KU Milperra parent
"I will be forever thankful for being referred to KU Milperra. I had both of my daughters attend the service last year and my youngest is currently enjoying her second year there. I love how happy she is about her day, always full of stories on what she has learned. I am so amazed at the progress my daughter is making and love the different areas within the service to explore and engage with. The sandpit and balance equipment in the outdoor play area is something my daughter is always talking about and I just love the amount of space the children have both inside and out. All the staff are just incredible, they are warm, caring, funny and engaging with all the children. To Stacey and your team, thank you so much for a fabulous preschool. You all do an incredible job." - KU Milperra 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.
At KU Milperra, we offer a nurturing, home-like environment where children feel supported and safe. We recognise and respect the uniqueness of each child and their family, valuing diversity and inclusion, in partnership with families.
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.
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, Stacey Gabrych from KU Milperra Preschool was awarded the Making “the KU Difference” Award for Families.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan
KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Milperra, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.