KU Starting Points Penrith - Early Childhood Intervention and Support Service

KU Regional Office at KU Penrith Preschool, 27 Bringelly Road
KINGSWOOD NSW 2747
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  • 0428 380 031
  • Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
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Our Program and Approach

At KU Starting Points Penrith, we provide early intervention and support to families who have young children (0 – 8 years) with disabilities or developmental delays in the Penrith, Lower Blue Mountains and Outer Western Sydney Areas. Our professional team works with you and your child to achieve the goals and outcomes you have for your child. We are an approved NDIS service provider.

We are able to help your child communicate, learn, move and play; support your child’s school, early childhood centre and community settings to support their meaningful participation; and assist during transition times in your child and family’s life, such as into educational and community settings.

In consultation with you and your child’s therapists, we will provide specific play experiences that are suitable for your child’s individual needs. We view your family as a valued member of our team.

Our services and programs we provide include:

  • Specialised early childhood intervention groups for children aged 0 – 6 years and their families, with a minimum block of 10 weeks.
  • Specialised individual therapy and assessments for children aged 0 – 8 years and their families. For example, our Speech Pathologist will provide specific support in the development of communication skills, and our Occupational Therapist will provide advice on motor planning and sensory integration needs.
  • Transdisciplinary early childhood intervention provided by a Key Worker. This involves a team of professionals who work together to evaluate, plan and implement services for your child, with one professional acting as a Key Worker.

Families may use their child's National Disability Insurance Scheme funding if their child is eligible, for any of the services provided by KU Starting Points. The KU Starting Points team can provide families with information about how to access the NDIS and develop goals for your child. For more information on NDIS please see www.ndis.gov.au


Our Quality

We are very proud of the support services and programs we offer, however what matters most is what our families think....

“This program offers a great service to children and families. The practical support and advice is priceless. The staff are understanding, willing to listen and offer a different perspective that supports me in being a parent of a child with additional needs.” – KU Starting Points Penrith parent

“The staff from KU Starting Points Penrith have given us so much information and support to help us develop the skills we need to help our daughter. The weekly Early Intervention group has been so welcoming. I have been able to learn from other parents and we are able to share our experiences with each other. I have loved spending time with the other parents and children.” – KU Starting Points Penrith 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 Specialised Early Intervention Family Program is run in the Kingswood Neighbourhood centre each Thursday, during school terms. Here we provide a welcoming and interesting gathering place for families and their children to learn, play, connect with others and gain valuable support from each other and the staff team.

Key worker and therapy supports can be provided at your home, in your child's school or early childhood centre, at family day care or in a local community setting.

KU Starting Points Penrith has a room available to families in the KU Penrith Preschool to use as a meeting room or therapy room, if this is a preferred option.


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Bernadette Mitchell

Director

Bernadette is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 25 years’ experience working with children and babies. She was previously a nurse and is a parent to two grown up children. She has been working at KU Starting Points since 2003 and has a good knowledge of the local area and networks regularly with other service providers. She has developed considerable understanding of the needs of families who have a child with additional needs and has a particular interest in supporting parents in their very special and significant role. Bernadette has had ongoing training in the areas of being a key worker to families, mental health first aid, accidental counselling, Autism Spectrum Disorder, children’s behaviour and supporting communication and play. 

The KU team includes an Early Childhood Teacher with special education and family support experience, an Occupational Therapist and a Speech Pathologist. Additionally, we work closely with other therapists, early childhood intervention services, paediatricians, and teachers and carers at your child's school or care settings.

Our team are qualified, experienced, caring and highly motivated. We believe that the positive interactions children have with our staff are the most important component of the high quality support we offer.