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 Sunbeam, our friendly and qualified educators provide a program which invites exploration, creativity, investigation and imagination, while preparing your child for the transition to school. The program is developed in collaboration with families and takes into account each child’s individual interests and strengths.
Set in the heart of the local community, KU Sunbeam presents an environment rich in quality programs for children. The preschool was founded over 90 years ago and we are proud of our reputation within the local community of providing education and care that concentrates on individual children in a family-focussed and supportive way.
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, sorting and measurement, and early literacy activities such as reading, drawing and writing.
We aim to establish immediate rapport and a sense of belonging in our community, as families arrive through the front door. 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.
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 Sunbeam, our area of specialisation is establishing an Indigenous garden in our playground.
We incorporate this into our program through hands on gardening, researching native plants, discussion about bush food, and collaboration with families and the local community.
We feel that the children benefit from this interest, because the bush garden provides young children with the opportunity to learn about Indigenous spiritual and cultural connections, as well as traditional sustainable practices, in an authentic and meaningful way.
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 greatest test you can give for any childcare is not how well your children separate from you in the morning, but how they are when you pick them up in the afternoon. At their previous daycare, my children were tired, strung out and often emotional at the end of the day, but when I pick them up from KU Sunbeam, they are happy, relaxed and full of tales from the day. KU Sunbeam is a nurturing environment, but also one that seeks to challenge and develop children. There is plenty of time for free play, but there is also a wonderful emphasis on learning and exploration. Yuki and the amazing team of Educators have managed to tap into my son's interests and through them get him to draw instead of scribble, write his name and have an unbelievable knowledge of the life and environment of the goblin shark! My younger daughters' independence is being nurtured and her social skills refined through subtle, kind and consistent reinforcement that we can replicate at home. As a parent, I'm informed and consulted about my children and feel confident that at KU Sunbeam they are receiving the very best of care.” – KU Sunbeam parent
“Since our four year old daughter joined KU Sunbeam, we have been incredibly happy with the structured yet fun curriculum set by Yuki and her team of professional staff. The encouragement and ability to be involved in setting topics, sharing experiences and learning from one another is second to none. I think our daughter has really grown in her early years development as a result and I would highly recommend the centre to any family considering KU Sunbeam for their child.” – KU Sunbeam parent
Each KU centre is unique. The best outcomes for children are created within relationships and interactions between children and educators, 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 playground is our outdoor learning environment and includes natural elements such as sand, grass, water, mud, leaves and twigs and gardens. Wherever possible we avoid using lots of fixed, plastic equipment in our playground. Instead we provide an ever-changing array of challenging and interesting activities and equipment, explored by children and educators together. These activities help with the development of children’s gross motor skills, enhancing their overall health and wellbeing as they discover their strengths and abilities 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 Sunbeam, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to launch it now. Please view it here.