KU Osborne Park Preschool

2 Osborne Place (off Richardson Street East)
LANE COVE NSW 2066
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  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Preschoolers

Our Program and Approach

At KU Osborne Park, 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.

The development of our program is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). We follow a holistic approach to programming, based on developmentally and culturally appropriate practice, the child development theories of Piaget, Vygotsky and others, and the emergent (child-centred) curriculum. During the day, children will be involved in a range of both child-directed and teacher-selected activities.

The basis of learning for young children is through play. Play is a medium used by children to translate experiences into something internally meaningful to them. Play clarifies concepts, facilitates social development and creates periods of satisfaction and delight. Through play, children have opportunities to explore, investigate, create, imagine, problem-solve and make decisions.

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 Osborne Park, our special interest is nature play.

Nature play is a natural fit for us considering our large outdoor environment and our natural bush surroundings. Our special interest is incorporated into our program through activities such as the mud pit and our regular bushwalking program. Our natural playground and surrounding bushscape provides children with greater learning opportunities and encourages children to develop positive, caring feelings about the natural environment.

At KU Osborne Park, we believe children are naturally drawn to active outdoor play. Play in nature provides many benefits for children including improved immunity, physical activity, resistance to stress and behavioural issues, increased self confidence, improved muscle strength and coordination as well as improved language and collaborative skills.


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...

“When I walk into KU Osborne Park Preschool, it’s like I’m walking into a magical kingdom. I might see a snow leopard in her cave of wooden blocks, a swaggle of policemen with cardboard handcuffs or bounty hunters collecting raindrops in buckets. It is wonderful to see my son flourishing in an environment where learning and discovery are so highly prized.” - KU Osborne Park parent

“My daughter is in her second year at KU Osborne Park. She adores the educators and loves that there's a wide variety of activities to choose from. She enjoys playing in the mud pit, jumping on the trampoline and balance boards, building with magna tiles and doing the table top games like visual matrices and puzzles. Recently, her friend brought in a found bird's nest, which the teachers and kids have followed up with related activities. There are themed days including bring-your-bike/scooter day, storytelling and science incursions, as well as a bushwalking program. Above all the children just seem to love it and thrive in the natural environment. The teachers are so committed, and the children have lots of space to burn off all their energy!” – KU Osborne Park 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, welcoming learning environments for children – whatever our setting.

Nestled on the edge of the local bush reserve, our playground is designed to allow children to explore nature and discover the ever-changing natural environment. We believe children need opportunities to dig in the mud pit, climb trees, discover and learn about insects and living things, and enjoy connecting with nature in a natural setting. As well as our wonderful natural environment, our indoor space offers opportunities for children to engage with materials from natural and constructed environments. We offer experiences where children are able to self-select, with a variety of open ended materials for imaginative play. The many activities 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 Osborne Park, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2019 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.


Other Features

Designed Centre
Extended Hours
Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Parking
Outdoor Play
Storypark

photo of Lisa Milham

Lisa Milham

Director

Lisa is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 10 years’ experience working with children and babies. She has a Masters degree in teaching and has been working at Osborne Park since 2016. Lisa is passionate about nature and the great outdoors and through her work with children, strives to teach them about sustainability and caring for the environment in order to instill in them a love for the earth.

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 educators are the most important component of our high quality program.

Our team of educators are highly experienced with some having been at the centre for over 20 years. At KU Osborne Park, we are passionate about fostering children’s dispositions of curiosity, enthusiasm, persistence and confidence through the establishment and development of safe, secure, trusting and supportive relationships. Interactions between children and educators promote children’s autonomy, resilience, self-esteem and wellbeing. We are passionate about ensuring learning is meaningful, authentic and importantly, fun.

The daily fees for 2019 at KU Osborne Park Preschool are:

  • Start Strong Fee: $47
  • Unfunded Fee: $84.50

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.