KU Padstow Preschool

133 Davies Road
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  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Preschoolers NSW Fee Relief – Preschool

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 Exceeding the National Quality Standard, across all seven quality areas.

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.

Our Awards

KU Padstow was awarded one of the four SPROuts Awards given by the NSW Early Childhood Environmental Education Network for 2019, recognising the preschool's commitment to learning for sustainability. The preschool participated in ‘Becoming Eco Smart’ with KU, developing unique projects and undertaking adventures, including reducing waste, recognising the environment’s need for care and embedding sustainable practice into their program.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Padstow, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to present it here.

Other Features

Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play
Education for Sustainability
University Qualified Educators
Experienced Staff

photo of Nicole Torossian

Nicole Torossian


Nicole is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 20 years’ experience working with preschool aged children. She has been working at KU Padstow Preschool since the beginning of 2022. She has worked in a variety of roles in her time at KU, including as a Family Coordinator, and in Early Intervention.

Nicole has an interest in Circle of Security, and working with families and the community.

Our Team

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 daily fees for 2024 at KU Padstow Preschool are:

Fee Amount
4 year old Start Strong Fee Relief fee FREE
3 year old Start Strong Fee Relief fee $15.00
Start Strong Equity Fee Relief fee FREE
Unfunded fee $85.50

Which fee will you pay?

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that all children in NSW can participate in 600 hours of quality preschool education in the year before school, no matter where they live or what their circumstances are.

To ensure that affordability is not a barrier for families with young children, the NSW Government provides Start Strong funding making 600 hours, or 15 hours per week, of preschool participation in the two years before school more affordable. In KU preschools, this 15 hours per week is met by enrolling for two days per week.

Start Strong Free Preschool (3 year olds and 4 year olds)

From 2024, the NSW government has provided additional fee relief funding, based on $4,220 per eligible child. This enables NSW preschools to reduce the daily fee as much as possible, within the Start Strong funding parameters.

This funding is for children who turn 3 or 4 years of age by 31 July in the preschool year and are enrolled in a preschool program for 15 hours per week. Across KU Preschools, the ‘15 hours’ is usually met by enrolling in two x 7.5 hour days per week.

Start Strong fee relief can only be accessed at one service, either a preschool or long day care service. This ensures as many children as possible can access affordable early childhood education.

Start Strong Equity Fee Relief Fee

The NSW government provides further funding for children who meet the Start Strong Equity funding criteria. If you think you may be eligible for Equity funding, please speak with the Preschool Director further about this.

Unfunded Fee

The Unfunded Fee is charged when a family has chosen to access the Start Strong fee relief at another community preschool or long day care service.