KU North Ryde Preschool

147-151 Cox's Road
NORTH RYDE NSW 2113
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  • 02 9878 0254
  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Preschoolers

Our Program and Approach

At KU North Ryde, we believe education is an active and ongoing process, whereby children learn from their interactions with their physical and social environments. Young children have a natural curiosity, enabling them to master new skills, acquire knowledge about the world and develop attitudes and values.

In our program, our focus is on the child. Children are actively involved in exploring, investigating, thinking and communicating. Our educators take the time to observe and assess each child, planning the program to suit the abilities and interests of both individuals and the larger group.

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 activities 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.

At KU North Ryde, 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.

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. 


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 North Ryde our special interest is the development of strong fundamental movement skills. We believe that children with a high level of competence in a range of fundamental movement skills are able to confidently participate in a wide variety of activities. They also benefit from many physical, social and emotional health outcomes, in both the short and long term. Opportunities to develop and embed fundamental movement skills into our preschool day is done in many ways, for example, linking arms with a partner and skipping in a circle, making up a hopping rhyme or engaging in a specific multi-sport skill program.

We are able to integrate fundamental movement skills into a variety of key learning areas. This enables the children to make better meaning of their learning and demonstrates what they have learned in several different ways.

As the children participate in these activities, they are also being exposed to a number of curriculum learning areas, such as maths, literacy, health and wellbeing and social emotional development.

We feel that the children benefit from this interest because we are able to see the children’s confidence grow as they learn new skills. We have seen children who are anxious and withdrawn become more resilient and open to taking risks. The joy on the children’s faces when they master a new skill is invaluable. In an age where children are less physically active, we feel that developing strong fundamental movement skills sets the children up for a better future.


Our Quality



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...

“It’s really lovely to find a preschool that feels like an extension of your home and family. You know you don’t have to worry about leaving your children, you know they are well cared for.”  - KU North Ryde parent

“The staff are by far the best aspect. The kids love them because they show genuine interest and care for them, not just turning up and doing a job." - KU North Ryde 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.

KU North Ryde Preschool has been a part of the local community for 50 years. 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. 


Other Features

Child Care Rebate
Extended Hours
Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Parking
Outdoor Play
Storypark

photo of Donna Clark

Donna Clark

Director

Donna is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 20 years’ experience working with children. She has been working at KU North Ryde Preschool since 1997.

Donna takes pride in providing an environment that is filled with warmth, making children and families feel like it is an extension of their own homes. She likes to provide a service that is well organised and feels that this is something that can be seen throughout the centre.

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.

The staff at KU North Ryde form a strong team, working as one to provide the best quality care and education for children and families. Many of the staff members have been at the service for more than 10 years, building a strong link with the local community. 

Children who are three years old or younger, will pay the Standard Unfunded Daily Fee: $69 per day

Children in the year before school (four years old)…

  • …who attend one day per week, will pay the Standard Four Year Old Fee$60 per day
  • …who attend two days per week, will pay the Start Strong Fee: $35 up to two days
  • …who attend more than two days per week, will pay the Start Strong Fee ($35) for the first two days, then the Standard Four Year Old Fee ($60) for each day after that.               

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 about this if you think you may be eligible.

Why are preschool fees so complex?

KU begins our fee setting process by setting our Standard Unfunded Daily Fee; this is the full ‘unfunded’ fee, charged to those families not eligible for any Government funding. Most commonly, this is the fee charged to three year olds.

The NSW Government requires preschool funding to be specifically targeted towards children attending preschool in the year before school (four year olds). This funding reduces the fee to create our Standard Four Year Old Fee for eligible children.

The Government is providing additional preschool funding, called Start Strong funding, to be directed towards four year olds who are enrolled in a preschool program for 15 hours per week, or 600 hours across the year. In this KU preschool, this is offered as two x 7.5 hour days per week. The Start Strong funding will mean we can provide additional fee reductions for those 15 hours – this is the Start Strong Fee.

The Government has advised that it will be reviewing the Start Strong funding at multiple points throughout the year and may adjust the funding levels at those time. This means that the Start Strong Fee may fluctuate throughout the year – it may adjust up or down, however it will never exceed the Standard Four Year Old Fee.

The NSW Department of Education requires parents to give permission for KU to share your child’s details with them; this is included in your KU Enrolment Form. If you do not agree to your child’s personal information being provided to the Department, you will be charged the Standard Unfunded Daily Fee, regardless of your child’s age, or the number of days they attend.

Where do your fees go?

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, KU has remained very proudly a not for profit provider. 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, our high quality services, and ensuring our long term sustainability. KU does not distribute our profits to shareholders, or send them offshore.