KU Sutherland Preschool

677 Old Princes Highway
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  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm

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 Sutherland, we believe that the first five years of a child’s life are significant for their future growth and development, and we aim to help all children achieve their potential in their own individual way.

We embrace the values of the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Framework, which are reflected in our interactions, curriculum planning and documentation. Our aim is to create an environment where all children feel secure and confident, and develop a sense of belonging.

We deliver a play-based learning program that builds on children’s interests and strengths, and acknowledge children as active contributors to their learning. Developmentally appropriate learning experiences are provided to encourage exploration, creativity and experimentation and extend on children’s existing knowledge.

At KU Sutherland, we pride ourselves on flexibility by offering extended preschool hours and opening over school holidays to promote convenience for families, and greatly value the strong relationships between our staff, children and families. We look forward to the opportunity of including your family in the life of our centre.

Our Special Interest

In addition to the high quality well-rounded programs we offer, all KU centres are also encouraged to develop an area of interest.

At KU Sutherland, our special interest is sustainability and creating natural environments.

We incorporate this into our program through the implementation of the ‘reuse, reduce, recycle’ mantra into our curriculum and teaching experiences. We have also recently developed a new garden space out the front of the centre which the children and families are very involved in. We are working with the children to reduce our consumption of resources including energy, water and paper based products.

We feel that the children benefit from this interest because it teaches them sustainable practices from a young age which will translate into their home, childhood and adult lives. It is also engaging children with nature in a technology orientated world. We are conveying our respect for the natural landscape, and passing this on to our children.

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...

“I would like to continue to say how incredibly grateful we are for all the love, care and attention you express with Allira. She treasures you all and your consistent, responsive and respectful approach is helping her to feel safe and confident. Thank you.” – KU Sutherland parent
“Two of my three children have attended KU Sutherland Preschool. Both have been nurtured not only educationally, but also emotionally and socially and the time spent at KU Sutherland has given them a great head start for their life at school. I greatly look forward to when my third child will be attending.” – KU Sutherland 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 Sutherland has proudly been serving the local community for over fifty years.

Our playground is designed to maximise the use of the natural environment and allow children to play and explore as they would in their own backyard. We offer stimulating activities that arouse children’s curiosity and encourage them to choose from a variety of planned experiences, expanding their learning potential. Our playground includes natural elements such as sand, water, grass, mud, leaves and twigs, and we also offer gross motor experiences such as climbing, jumping and physical play. We foster the holistic development of each child so they 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 Sutherland, 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
Designed Centre
Extended Hours
Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play
Allied Health
Education for Sustainability

Collette Heslehurst


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.

Our staff are a refreshing mix of ages, and many have been at KU Sutherland for over five years and boast a wealth of experience. We are a dedicated and professional group committed to supporting children and their families in the community.

The daily fee for 2022 at KU Sutherland Preschool is: $95.00

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 125 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, please contact Centrelink on 136 150 or visit www.education.gov.au.