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.
Our play-based program intentionally provides opportunities and activities based upon the Early Years Learning Framework, for your child to discover and pursue their own interests and strengths.
We encourage children to laugh, think, question and learn. Their sense of self and confidence grows as they make connections with each other and build warm, trusting relationships with our team.
At KU Union, we are proud of providing rich education and care that concentrates on individual children in a family-focussed and supportive way.
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.
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 Union, our special interest is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.
We incorporate this into our program through commemorating Sorry Day, celebrating Reconciliation week and NAIDOC and by inviting aboriginal community members to come to our centre to talk to the children. We also incorporate this through a variety of activities including art, craft, literacy, numeracy, music, dance, song, games, stories and cooking.
We believe that the children benefit from this interest, because it allows them to expand their knowledge of Australia’s rich indigenous past and present. Including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as part of our program provides wonderful new insights that come from considering and accommodating a new world view. This will enable children to build a strong cultural competence now and into the future.
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...
“KU Union is a beautiful, creative and nurturing place for children. My two children have loved their carers and enjoyed the wonderful experience the centre offers. The garden is wonderful and the atmosphere is like a little oasis in the city – we are a real community.” – KU Union parent
“It has been so wonderful to have my children at the centre and so close to work. Thank you for all the wisdom you show, for your kindness and companionship and for the energy and sense of fun that you bring to each day. It has been just amazing to see the children blossom in your care. They have made wonderful friends, been challenged in creative and caring ways and been allowed to let their imaginations run wild.” – KU Union 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.
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, 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 Union, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to present it here.