KU Rushcutters Bay Preschool

Waratah Street
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  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm

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.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Rushcutters Bay, 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 Helen Meimaroglou

Helen Meimaroglou


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.

The daily fees for 2019 at KU Rushcutters Bay Preschool are:

  • Start Strong Fee: $52.50
  • Unfunded Fee: $82.50

Which fee will you pay?

Start Strong Fee

The NSW Government provides preschool funding, called Start Strong funding. This funding is to be directed towards children in the year before they are eligible to start school (four and five year olds) who are enrolled in a preschool program for 15 hours per week. Across KU Preschools, the ‘15 hours’ is met by enrolling in two x 7.5 hour days per week.

Start Strong funding is then passed on as a fee reduction for those 15 hours, with the Start Strong fee then applied to all four and five year old children enrolled for two days (15 hours) per week.

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.

Unfunded Fee

The Unfunded Fee is charged when:

  • Children are three years old
  • Children are four or five years old who:
    • Only attend one day per week (less than 15 hours); or
    • Attend more than two days (15 hours) per week – you will pay the Start Strong Fee for the first two days, then the Unfunded Daily Fee for each day after that.

Is there a discounted 3-year-old fee?

You may have seen media reports that the NSW Government is extending Start Strong funding to three year olds in 2019. Whilst funding for three year olds will be less than for older children, it is still very welcome news.

The NSW Government will release that funding mid-2019. We look forward to being able to pass this funding on to families as discounted fees at that time. Until then, families of three year old children will be charged the Unfunded Fee.

Are you a Health Care Card holder?

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 further about this.