KU Padstow Preschool

133 Davies Road
PADSTOW NSW 2211
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  • 02 9772 4086
  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Preschoolers

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 Padstow, our educational program and practice is closely connected to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), which has five outcomes our educators use to guide children’s development. These are that children have a strong sense of identity, are connected to and contribute to their world, have a strong sense of wellbeing, are confident and involved learners, and are effective communicators.

At KU Padstow, we see children as strong and capable learners. Therefore, the most important aspect of establishing our daily program is child-initiated. The interests and home experiences of children often generate our daily curriculum ideas.

At our centre, children have access to all learning resources throughout the day to accommodate for individual children’s interests, developmental stages and needs.

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 special interest.

At KU Padstow, our area of special interest is sustainability education. Throughout our program, we incorporate activities that allow children to explore the ideas of reduce, recycle and reuse and learn how we can lower our impact on our natural resources and care for our planet for today and tomorrow.

Activities include maintaining our vegetable garden and compost, using recycled and natural materials in our art and learning experiences and involving children in the decisions we make about the types of resources we purchase and use.

We feel that the children benefit from sustainability education because it teaches them sustainable practices and behaviours for the future, ensuring children care for the environment, resources and each other.


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 Meeting the National Quality Standard.


However what matters most is what our families think...

“From my son’s first day of orientation, I knew KU Padstow was the right preschool for Felix. One year on, we have been provided with the most delightful, nurturing environment from his educators helping him settle in, to the wonderful bush surrounds and play setups, to the friendships he has made.” KU Padstow Parent

"Our third child is now at KU Padstow Preschool and we love the range of activities and the equipment at the centre. The staff are friendly and caring. The outdoor area is a great size for all outdoor activities. Theodore is always asking, "Is it preschool day today?" – KU Padstow 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.

Our centre is located in a beautiful parkland location with its own car park. We have a beautiful and expansive outdoor area to complement our spacious indoor environment. Our centre is well resourced with a vast array of materials and equipment to supplement our play-based learning program.

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, discover and learn about insects and enjoy connecting with nature. 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.


Other Features

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

photo of Michelle Berger

Michelle Berger

Director

Michelle is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 19 years’ experience working with children and families. She has been working with KU Children’s services since 2010 and at KU Padstow since January 2017. Michelle has expertise in interest based curriculum, and is passionate about the arts in early childhood and sustainability education.

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.

Children who are three years old, will pay the Unfunded Daily Fee: $67 per day

Children in the year before they are eligible to start school

  • …who attend one day per week (less than 15 hours per week) will pay the Unfunded Daily Fee: $67 per day
  • …who attend two days per week (15 hours per week) will pay the Start Strong Fee: $35 per day
  • …who attend more than two days per week (more than 15 hours per week), will pay the Start Strong Fee ($35) for the first two days, then the Unfunded Daily Fee ($67) 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?

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. At KU Padstow, the ‘15 hours’ is met by enrolling in two x 7.5 hour days per week.

Start Strong funding means we can provide a fee reduction for those 15 hours; this is the Start Strong Fee.

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.