KU Phillip Park

2-10 Yurong Parkway
SYDNEY NSW 2011
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  • 02 9380 9099
  • Monday to Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm
Babies Toddlers Preschoolers

Our Program and Approach

At KU Phillip Park, we see childhood as a time of playful possibility, where children become imagined explorers, discoverers and inventors as they act upon their natural curiosities to learn through questions and be in relationship with others. We also believe as children respond to the world around them, we can better support them to become all they desire to be, by sparking in them a love for lifelong learning.

Our education programs illustrate our professional commitment to inquiry and interest based teaching and learning. Educators respond to the individual needs, interests and experiences of each child. We also value opportunities to promote social skills and positive interactions between children by creating small group learning initiated from children’s shared interests and thinking. In facilitating social, emotional and physical development through social settings, we are able to build upon their confidence, self-esteem and resilience.

Our programs are founded upon the belief that children learn best in settings where they feel safe, secure and loved. It is through relational play that the infant and toddler aged child begins to make sense of the wider world of relationships, especially with significant others beyond their home and family.   

Our learning environment is constantly changing to respond to the children’s play ideas, needs, interests, and projects that they are involved in on a daily basis. We utilise the natural and built environment to give context to their learning and play by providing a range of everyday materials, objects and tools that reflect real life experiences. We regularly set up curriculum areas that promote music, art, active movement, dance, dramatic play, cooking, puppetry, water and sand play, construction, science and technology, to extend children’s current interests. Early literacy and numeracy are integrated throughout these experiences and the routines of the day, and are most visible in storytelling opportunities, circle times as individuals and groups in planning their day and communicating their ideas.

We greatly value the strong relationships between our staff, children and families, and we look forward to incorporating your family in the life of our centre.


We Focus On 

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

At KU Phillip Park, we focus on Building a Community of Inquiry and Investigation.

We incorporate this into our programs in partnership with our community through regular walks, outings and excursions to local sites of significance, such as The Australian Museum, Botanical Gardens, Art Gallery, visits to Cook and Phillip Park and neighbourhood walks to local businesses and restaurants. We anticipate that through these known and unknown journeys into the local community the children will have opportunities to revisit, reflect and retell shared experiences beyond the centre gate. This focus encourages relationships with places, people and objects as landmarks of our community and extends children’s natural curiosity. 


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...

“Having watched my three children grow and excel through play based learning, I will be saddened when the time comes for our boys to move onto ‘big school’. The boys enjoy their days at the centre and have developed strong relationships with their peers and educators.”  - KU Phillip Park parent

"The team at KU Phillip Park are as devoted to our children's emotional and physical development as we are as their parents. We know that the educators there care for our children in a way beyond being an Educator. They see our children as individuals and acknowledge that they need to be supported on a variety of levels in different ways. Those ways include love, affection, laughter, inquisitiveness and encouragement. "Thank you" isn't enough to show them that we appreciate all that they do for our children." - KU Phillip Park parent

Our Environment

Each KU centre is unique. The best outcomes for children are created within the relationships and interactions between children and staff, and children and their families. We work hard to create beautiful, interesting and homelike learning environments for children to be surrounded by.

KU Phillip Park is strategically located next to Cook and Phillip Park, which offers an array of natural and man-made landscapes that include towering trees and historic architecture for children to view and engage with.

Our playground is our outdoor learning environment that includes natural elements such as sand, grass, water, mud, leaves and twigs and kitchen gardens. Wherever possible we avoid using lots of fixed, plastic equipment in our playground, instead we provide open ended items that can challenge and stimulate creativity, where children and educators can create things together. Additional outdoor activities can help with the development of children’s gross motor skills, enhancing their overall health and wellbeing as they discover their strengths and abilities and feel inspired to create, imagine and play.


Other Features

Child Care Rebate
Cooked Meal
Designed Centre
Extended Hours
Hat and Sunscreen
Lunch
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Parking
Outdoor Play
Nappies
Storypark

photo of Bonnie Te Ara Henare

Bonnie Te Ara Henare

Director

Bonnie is a New Zealand trained and university qualified early childhood teacher, with seven years  of teaching experience in early childhood settings, and 17 in total, including specialist teaching experience in the arts within the primary, secondary and adult sectors of education.

Bonnie has a Postgraduate qualification in Leadership specialising in early childhood and recently joined KU in 2015 as a Professional Learning Consultant, working with Centre Directors and educators in providing professional learning and development opportunities for improved quality practice. Bonnie’s current research interests include issues surrounding equity, children’s rights, inclusion, teacher education and indigenous perspectives.  

Our team of early childhood educators are qualified, experienced and highly responsive. All educators hold specialist qualifications in early childhood education. A key component of our high quality program is founded upon the positive interactions between our staff and children.  

We pride ourselves on the multicultural competency of our team, who speak several languages and are representative of a variety of energetic age groups. Some members of staff have been at the centre for over 13 years, offering a great wealth of experience and knowledge of the local community and early childhood education.

We look forward to welcoming you and your children to KU Phillip Park.

The daily fees for 2018 at KU Phillip Park are:

  • Infants: $151
  • Toddlers: $151
  • Preschoolers: $149

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.