KU Rushcutters Bay Preschool

Waratah Street
RUSHCUTTERS BAY NSW 2011
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  • 02 9358 5428
  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Preschoolers

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 Rushcutters Bay, we provide high quality early childhood education and care within a relaxed, safe and nurturing environment.

Our program follows the guidelines of the Early Years Learning Framework and is based on current and sound educational research and theories. Our curriculum is developed by our educators in partnership with families and considers children’s interests, needs and abilities.

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.

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

With a dynamic team of qualified and experienced staff, a wide range of educational resources and an active and involved group of families, our preschool is the ideal place for children to play, learn and grow.


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 Rushcutters Bay, we specialise in the appreciation of our natural environment.

We incorporate this into our program through activities such as outdoor play – we have a vegetable garden which needs watering and weeding – and as a result we can cook and eat our own produce. We also have a chicken coup and a mud kitchen, which promotes creativity and imagination.

We feel that the children benefit from this specialisation due to the fact most of them live in an urban setting, and it gives them a space to engage daily with nature. It also encourages children to practise sustainable behaviours and develop respect for the natural environment. Our program involves long periods of uninterrupted play in the outdoors environment.


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.

However what matters most is what our families think...

“Our three children have attended the Preschool and Playgroup over the past ten years. It’s a place that parents and carers are welcome to join the family. The playground is an oasis, set on the city fringe, where children from all over the neighbourhood and from varying cultures and family units, learn through play. KU Rushcutters Bay is an environment promoting caring and supporting each other and our world.” – KU Rushcutters Bay parent
“An absolute joy to see the kids develop and grow, form friendships and learn. The teachers give each child the best start on their school journey." – KU Rushcutters Bay 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 over 60 years old, and was purpose built as a preschool, so has a large interior and exterior. In our garden, we have trees which are over 100 years old shading our playground. The children can observe the changing of seasons at our centre, with beautiful autumnal and spring scenery.

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. 


Other Features

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

photo of Helen Meimaroglou

Helen Meimaroglou

Director

Helen is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 20 years’ experience working with children and babies. She has been working at KU Rushcutters Bay since 2015. She has previous experience as a University lecturer, teaching early childhood at the University of Western Sydney and Randwick TAFE. Helen holds a strong sense of community spirit, and values the bond with the families and local stakeholders. She ensures to reflect this in the preschool and strives for children to feel part of the community too. 

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.

KU Rushcutters Bay has members of staff who have been working at the centre for over 20 years. Our talented staff are multi-lingual and have a great deal of environmental knowledge.

Children who are three years old or younger, will pay the Standard Unfunded Daily Fee: $78 per day

Children in the year before school (four years old)…

  • …who attend one day per week, will pay the Standard Four Year Old Fee$69 per day
  • …who attend two days per week, will pay the Start Strong Fee: $40 up to two days
  • …who attend more than two days per week, will pay the Start Strong Fee ($40) for the first two days, then the Standard Four Year Old Fee ($69) for each day after that.               

If you hold a health care card, you may be entitled to a further discount on your preschool fees. Please speak with the Preschool Director about this if you think you may be eligible.

Why are preschool fees so complex?

KU begins our fee setting process by setting our Standard Unfunded Daily Fee; this is the full ‘unfunded’ fee, charged to those families not eligible for any Government funding. Most commonly, this is the fee charged to three year olds.

The NSW Government requires preschool funding to be specifically targeted towards children attending preschool in the year before school (four year olds). This funding reduces the fee to create our Standard Four Year Old Fee for eligible children.

The Government is providing additional preschool funding, called Start Strong funding, to be directed towards four year olds who are enrolled in a preschool program for 15 hours per week, or 600 hours across the year. In this KU preschool, this is offered as two x 7.5 hour days per week. The Start Strong funding will mean we can provide additional fee reductions for those 15 hours – this is the Start Strong Fee.

The Government has advised that it will be reviewing the Start Strong funding at multiple points throughout the year and may adjust the funding levels at those time. This means that the Start Strong Fee may fluctuate throughout the year – it may adjust up or down, however it will never exceed the Standard Four Year Old Fee.

The NSW Department of Education requires parents to give permission for KU to share your child’s details with them; this is included in your KU Enrolment Form. If you do not agree to your child’s personal information being provided to the Department, you will be charged the Standard Unfunded Daily Fee, regardless of your child’s age, or the number of days they attend.

Where do your fees go?

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.