Our Program and Approach
At KU Rydalmere, we provide a play-based learning program that is designed to stimulate and encourage children’s love of learning in a challenging and safe environment. We see each child as unique and provide an individualised learning program for all children with the support of each child’s family.
Some of the long-term goals for children at our preschool include learning to work cooperatively with others, acquiring social and language skills, developing a love of literature, developing a love of the natural world and having a sense of fun – to enjoy this truly unique time in their life.
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.
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.
We greatly value the strong relationships between our staff, children and families, and we look forward to the opportunity of including 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 Rydalmere, we focus on environmental sustainability. We believe that we are part of the ecosystem, so we need to be respectful of the nature that we share our environment with.
We incorporate this into our program through activities such as the observation of local creatures, gardening, investigations of our local environment and using natural materials to enhance our play outside.
We feel that the children benefit from this focus, because it teaches them to have respect for our environment, which they will bring forward into childhood and adulthood.
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...
"The preschool is set in a peaceful environment and has a wonderful outdoor play area, which offers endless opportunities for creative play within the natural environment. The staff are caring and highly qualified Early Childhood Educators and it is clear that our daughter is benefiting from the many educational opportunities that are offered in the preschool program. I have observed improvements in all her developmental areas since she started attending the centre, particularly in her creative ability and social skills." – KU Rydalmere parent
"I believe that KU Rydalmere is fulfilling an excellent role within the local community. It offers a warm, nurturing environment to both children and their parents, who come from a variety of cultural backgrounds." – KU Rydalmere parent
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.
KU Rydalmere is an early childhood centre catering for 25 children each day, located on Crown Land, adjacent to the Ponds Walk and Subiaco Creek. It was built by the local community with the assistance of the Rotary Club of Rydalmere and opened in 1965. At KU Rydalmere, we are surrounded by mature trees and have a large outdoor learning environment and a spacious and well-equipped indoor area.
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, birds and reptiles 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.
The Annual 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.
In 2016, Debbie Creake from KU Rydalmere Preschool was awarded the Making “the KU Difference” Award by Representing KU.