KU Rydalmere Preschool

89-91 Park Road
RYDALMERE NSW 2116
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  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Preschoolers

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 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...

"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

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.

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.


Our Awards

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.


Our Reconciliation Action Plan

KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Rydalmere, 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
Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Parking
Outdoor Play
Award
Storypark

photo of Samantha Wade

Samantha Wade

Acting Director

Samantha is a university qualified Early Childhood Teacher with over 10 years’ experience working with children and babies. She has been working at KU Rydalmere Preschool since May 2019.

Samantha believes that young children’s construction of personal, social and cultural identity begins at birth and continues throughout the early years of life with the construction of relationships playing an important role in children’s lives. She further believes that learning through play is an essential aspect of the curriculum as it fosters children’s brain development, builds confidence and develops children’s social, language and communication skills.

Samantha’s aim is to work in partnership with families to ensure relationships are formed, learning outcomes for children are achieved and children are provided with opportunities to master new skills, concepts and techniques.

Our team of early childhood educators are qualified, experienced, caring and highly motivated. The team have been working together for many years and 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 daily fees for 2019 at KU Rydalmere Preschool are:

  • Toddlers: $98
  • Preschoolers: $98

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 120 years. Like all early childhood education providers, our costs continue to be subject to market factors such as CPI, salary costs, Government funding and the requirements of the National Quality Framework.

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, continually improving the quality of our services, and ensuring our long-term sustainability. 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, you can speak to your service Director or visit www.education.gov.au.