KU Playford Park Children's Centre

9b Cahors Road
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  • Monday to Friday 7:00am - 5:45pm
Babies Toddlers Preschoolers NSW Fee Relief – Childcare

Our Program and Approach

At KU Playford Park, we are proud of our reputation within the local community of providing rich, inclusive education and care that concentrates on individual children in a family-focussed and supportive way.

Our centre is a welcoming and nurturing space where each child is immersed in a rich tapestry of educationally interactive experiences based on their individual needs – an inclusive space where all children are supported to be their own, unique selves, growing and developing a sense of belonging and empowerment.

Our highly trained staff provide individual programs for each child in an inclusive setting guided by the Early Years Learning Framework.

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, construction, sand and water play, science, early numeracy activities such as counting and measurement, early language and literacy activities such as drawing and writing and the use of information and communication technology for accessing information and investigating ideas.

We work closely with families to ensure the development and interests of each child can be encouraged and guided both at home and at preschool, and greatly value the strong relationships between our educators, children and families.

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 Playford Park we focus on relationships and attachment.

We incorporate this into our program through the utilisation of the Circle of Security model, to guide and support children and their families to feel they have a secure base from which to develop and grow. We also use the Marte Meo method, in which staff have been trained to use video analysis of interactions to help guide and support children in their interactions with their peers, as well as educators.

We feel that the children benefit from this focus because children learn best in an environment where they are supported by adults who are consistently available for the children to feel safe and secure in their play and exploration. Children know they can return to the secure base of their educators as they require, and venture out when they are feeling confident. Our educators focus on supporting children to build upon their strengths, supporting their interactions with peers through the utilisation of the Marte Meo method.

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...

“Words cannot express how important it is for us that our daughter loves child care so much. It gives us peace of mind that our little girl is in an environment where she is welcomed and loved, and that KU is like our extended family.” - KU Playford Park parent

“My children loved their time at Playford Park and I loved the fact the educators were so approachable and easy going. Parents who have moved away from the area have to bring their children back here, as the children refuse to go anywhere else. The best long day care facility my children have been to!” - KU Playford Park 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 purpose-built centre is located within the grounds of Playford Park in Padstow, adjacent to Padstow TAFE. The TAFE grounds include a duck pond, which children take great delight in walking past each day, often stopping to have a chat and feed the birds. Being located within the park gives us a great vantage point for bird spotting, as well as watching sporting events take place from time to time.

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

In 2021, KU Playford Park Director Jody Daly was awarded a 'Making the KU Difference through Reconciliation' Award. The Making the 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 Playford Park, 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

Child Care Subsidy
Cooked Meal
Designed Centre
Extended Hours
Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play
Education for Sustainability

photo of Jodie Daly

Jodie Daly


Jodie is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 25 years’ experience working with children and babies. She has been working at KU Playford Park since its opening in September 2006. Jodie has had the privilege of being involved in research projects with Dr Robyn Dolby and has presented the research findings, along with Robyn, at Infant Mental Health conferences.

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 staff at KU Playford Park have been working together for an extensive period. Some key team leaders have been with KU Playford Park since the centre opened over 10 years ago and we take great pride in the consistency of our team of educators.

The daily fees for 2024 at KU Playford Park Children's Centre are:

  • Infants: $150.50
  • Toddlers: $150.50
  • Preschoolers: $148

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. In the past, KU has taken great pride in offering the very best services with minimal increased fees wherever possible. However this year is different, escalating operating costs have meant that in 2024 we are forced to increase fees at a higher rate than we would normally.

The fee increase will ensure we can continue to improve the quality of our services and invest in our highly skilled teachers and educators. We recognise our staff are the heart of KU as they build strong nurturing relationships with children and families whilst continuing to provide a high-quality learning program. These are vital factors that contribute to what is most important to us all – the best outcomes for children.

Overall, KU services hold the highest ratings across the National Quality Standard, with 82% of our services either Excellent or Exceeding, compared to the sector benchmark of 45%.

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.dese.gov.au.

NSW Start Strong Fee Relief

From 2024, the NSW government has provided additional fee relief funding, based on $2,110 per eligible 4 year old child attending a preschool program within a long day care service. This funding is applied as a weekly credit to the gap fee after CCS has been applied or to full fees where a family does not receive CCS. The Start Strong fee relief will not impact CCS entitlements.

If your child is 3 years old and not yet 4 years old on, or before 31 July 2024 and enrolled at an eligible long day care service, you will receive up to $500 in fee relief.

Start Strong fee relief funding is for children who are 4 years old on or before 31 July 2024, and can only be accessed in one service. This could either be in a community preschool or long day care service. If you have a child who may be eligible, please discuss this with your service Director.

The NSW Department of Education requires parents to sign the ‘Fee Relief Declaration and Consent’ form at the time of enrolment. Your eligibility for Start Strong fee relief Funding is conditional upon signing this form.