KU Peninsula Preschool

60 Pershing Place
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  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Toddlers Preschoolers

Our Program and Approach

At KU Peninsula, we offer a welcoming and nurturing environment where children feel secure, empowered and energised to learn. Our open environment and access to provisions actively encourages all areas of children’s development.

We recognise that each child is unique, and grows and develops at their own pace and in their own style. Our program is structured to support children to learn within their own timeframe and within different contexts, supporting the individuality of each child.

We view play as an important tool in the development of children’s skills and learning and we provide a wide variety of experiences to support this. Through play, children learn how to be a valuable part of the community, accept others for who they are and develop respect for provisions, peers and the environment.

At KU Peninsula, 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.

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.

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 Specialisation

In addition to the high quality well-rounded programs we offer, all KU centres are also encouraged to develop an area of specialisation.

At KU Peninsula, our area of specialisation is connection to community, land and the relationships we form as they are important in a child’s development; nurturing a sense of security and belonging. Being active community members fosters relationships, connections and opportunities to further children’s understanding of where they live, play, and learn. Where connections are formed, children have more knowledge, skill and confidence.

We incorporate this into our program by engaging with local schools, aged care services, social groups and community groups. Additionally, children will develop respectful connections with local parks, nature reserves, beaches, and water ways. Providing children with opportunities to explore, participate and connect, offers a layer of learning, whereby children develop life skills they can transfer and adapt as they strengthen their knowledge base.

We feel that the children benefit from this specialisation because when children have positive engagements in the community, they are inspired, intrigued, and challenged, and able to develop a strong sense of identity with wider understandings of the place they are connecting. Engagement with local community members empowers and supports children’s overall development and capacity to learn.

Our Quality

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...

“How bright and inviting the preschool is. It provides a great learning environment. My children, as do I, enjoy each day we come to preschool.” – KU Peninsula parent
“What a wonderful space for children to learn in. The teachers and the environment is inviting and warm and a friendly atmosphere is created by all." KU Peninsula 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 Peninsula Preschool is located in the sunny seaside town of Tanilba Bay, providing early education to children 2-5 years old, in a family group setting. We are proud to be part of the community since 1985 and are central to the town centre, local school and amenities.

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 Peninsula Preschool was a Finalist in the Port Stephens Examiner Annual Business Award for Children's Services in 2019.

In 2018, the team at KU Peninsula was awarded the Making “the KU Difference” Award through Reconciliation.

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.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Peninsula, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2017 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.

Other Features

Child Care Subsidy
Extended Hours
Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play

photo of Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor


Mark is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 23 years’ experience working with children of all ages. He has been working at KU Peninsula since 2006 and in this time he has seen the preschool grow and prosper. Over 23 years in the profession, Mark has worked in long day care, vacation care and preschool settings. Through teaching, he aims to empower children to become the best they can be, by fostering a culture of acceptance, respect and unity.

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 2021 at KU Peninsula Preschool are:

  • Toddlers: $96.50
  • Preschoolers: $94.50

This is the full daily fee. If you are entitled to Child Care Subsidy, this will reduce the daily fee you are charged.

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, KU has remained very proudly a not-for-profit provider of quality education for more than 125 years. Like all early childhood education providers, our costs continue to be subject to market factors such as CPI, salary costs, Government funding and the requirements of the National Quality Framework.

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, continually improving the quality of our services, and ensuring our long-term sustainability. KU does not distribute our profits to shareholders or send them offshore.

About Child Care Subsidy

Child Care Subsidy is the main payment to assist families with the costs of childcare. It is paid directly to the childcare provider and passed onto families as a fee reduction wherever families meet the criteria. The level of subsidy you receive, as well as the number of hours you will be subsidised, depends on your individual family’s circumstances.

If you do not already have one, you will need a MyGov account linked to Centrelink to claim any subsidy you may be eligible for, and to find out more information, please contact Centrelink on 136 150 or visit www.education.gov.au.