KU Peter Pan Paddington Preschool

2 Union Street
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  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Preschoolers Free Preschool Program NSW

Our Program and Approach

At KU Peter Pan Paddington, we view children as capable, resourceful and active contributors to their own development and learning. We use intentional teaching and engage children in play-based learning to promote the holistic development of each child. Our program supports children to develop the skills and knowledge needed to facilitate a successful transition to school. We believe that children consolidate knowledge and skills at different times and that individualised approaches support each child to develop at their own pace.

At KU Peter Pan Paddington, our learning environment provides a safe and stimulating space, where the children have a say in what resources, provisions and equipment they would like to use to assist in the development and extension of their learning. Through this process, they learn how to confidently communicate and negotiate these choices and learn that their voices are important.

Our program offers children the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of learning experiences and activities, including gardening, arts and crafts, music and movement, physical play, construction, sand and water play, science experiments, numeracy activities such as counting and measurement, and early literacy activities such as listening to stories, drawing and writing.

Each fortnight Kaija Upenieks, a classically trained music teacher, engages our preschool children in her playful music education program ‘Sing A Song Dance Along’. This holistic program offers ample opportunities for the children to experience music from different cultures and participate in singing, dancing and playing various instruments.

KU Peter Pan Paddington has been part of the Paddington community since 1928 and are committed to building strong relationships between our staff, children, families and the local community. Some current parents and staff are even former KU Peter Pan Paddington Preschoolers.

We are looking forward to meeting you and your family and to inviting you to become part of the rich tapestry of life at our preschool.

Our Specialisation

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

At KU Peter Pan Paddington our specialisation is creating opportunities for children to engage with natural play spaces within an urban environment, while challenging them to take calculated risks in their learning and exploration.

We incorporate this into our program through providing time each day for sustained engagement within the outdoor environment. Provisions such as our worm farm, recycling stations and seasonal garden beds, attest to our commitment to sustainable practice. In addition, children are encouraged to climb trees, slide down the hill on skate boards, play with sticks and challenge themselves in ways that build their confidence.

We feel that the children benefit from our area of specialisation, as it provides them with unique opportunities to develop vital life skills in a safe and supportive environment.

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...

“My son is so happy at KU Peter Pan Paddington. I have seen him grow in confidence, develop new friendships and learn new skills over the last 6 months in this stimulating and nurturing environment.” – KU Peter Pan Paddington parent

“My two boys were fortunate enough to experience KU Peter Pan Paddington. The preschool is amazing, the staff are loving and it is a great educational environment where children learn and have so much fun. The program supported our boys and helped them be ready for school.” – KU Peter Pan Paddington 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.

Peter Pan Paddington is situated amongst the heritage listed backstreets of Paddington, consisting of two spacious, light filled classrooms that inspire and nurture 40 children each day. Our playground is framed by a beautiful old sandstone wall and a canopy of mature trees that not only shelter us from the elements, but also expose us to the wonder and excitement of seasonal change and growth.

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 provoke children’s curiosity and encourage them to choose from a variety of planned experiences, which extend on their current interests and capabilities. Our playground includes natural elements such as sand, water, mud, leaves and twigs, and we also offer gross motor experiences such as climbing, jumping and many opportunities for physical play. We aim to foster the holistic development of each child so they feel inspired to create, imagine and play.

Our Awards

In 2017, a teacher at KU Peter Pan Paddington was recognised as being one of the best early childhood educators in the country by being named the National Early Childhood Educator of the Year at the Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards.

The prestigious award recognises the significant contributions this teacher has made towards improving the wellbeing of children and families at KU Peter Pan Paddington and her commitment to professional learning and development.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

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

Other Features

Designed Centre
Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play

photo of Robert Benson

Robert Benson

Acting Director

Robert is a University qualified Early Childhood Teacher and has been working in the field for nearly forty years. Most of this time has been as a KU Director and Teacher in Sydney’s inner city.

Robert has a strong belief in promoting deep relationships with children and their families as a foundation for the children’s learning. He is a keen gardener and has a particular interest in building children’s connections with nature and understandings around environmental sustainability. He loves to create beautiful environments for children full of rich opportunities for learning. He is very interested in encouraging children’s investigations into local Aboriginal culture, finding the “right ways” to do this and the “right people” in the community to support this. He is also a strong advocate (and sometimes activist) for social justice and this is shown through the program that he provides for children.

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. We are extremely fortunate at KU Peter Pan Paddington to have a committed base of educators with over 100 years of experience between us.

The daily fees for 2021 at KU Peter Pan Paddington Preschool are:

Fee Amount
Attending two days (3 or 4 year olds) FREE
Unfunded fee (single or additional days) $93.00

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.

'Free Fees': Start Strong (3 year olds and 4 year olds) and additional COVID funding

To be eligible for Start Strong (and therefore the COVID-19 funding for ‘free fees’ in 2021), children must turn 3 or 4 by 31 July in that preschool year, and be 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.

For 2021, the NSW government has provided additional funding for NSW preschools, to lessen the financial burden on families as a result of COVID-19. This funding means preschool will be free for those two days (15 hours), for children eligible for Start Strong funding.

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.

The Unfunded Fee is charged when:

  • Children who:
    • Only attend one day per week (less than 15 hours); or
    • Attend more than two days (15 hours) per week - in 2021, the first two days will be free, then you will be charged the Unfunded Daily Fee for each day after that.