Our Program and Approach
At KU Wahroonga, we are proud of our reputation within the heart of the local community of providing rich education and care for more than 65 years.
Our centre is a welcoming and nurturing space where each child is immersed in a rich tapestry of educational experiences – a space where children are supported to be their own, unique selves, growing and developing a sense of belonging within the preschool community.
Our philosophy supports the National Quality Framework, which was introduced to ensure consistent, high quality early childhood education for all children, and our program offers children the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of learning experiences, each tailored to promote children’s confidence as capable, active participants in their own learning.
Each day, children are able to choose from a variety of planned experiences, and are able to do these either individually or in groups. 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 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 educators, children and families through many generations, 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 Wahroonga, we specialise in emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the ability for the children to identify with their feelings and regulate them, to be empathetic with their friends and have social connections. We explore with the children their feelings and emotions, the development and fostering of their friendships and social interactions and the importance of resilience in their learning and wellbeing.
We feel that the children benefit from this because developing emotional intelligence fosters self confidence and enhances children’s ability to interact with others throughout childhood and beyond.
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...
"We have had three children attend KU Wahroonga and have always been thoroughly happy with the care and learning provided. We love that the children learn through play and have seen our children thrive. Our two eldest children are now at school and they often say they wish they could go back to preschool, in our minds that says it all." – KU Wahroonga parent
"We have been a part of the wonderful KU Wahroonga preschool community for the past three and a half years, first with our oldest child, now with our second and have always been impressed with the level of care and attention that has been given to each child. The lovely facilities, where they learn as they play, and the caring staff mean that I can be sure my child is always happy and well looked after. Thank you KU!" – KU Wahroonga 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 centre is set in a lovely, leafy environment that encompasses many natural play areas. The children are involved in the care and development of the outdoor environment through gardening, recycling and suggesting ideas to improve the outdoor play areas, for example, the rock and mud area.
Our playground is designed to maximise the use of the natural environment. We want children to be able to dig in the mud, discover and learn about insects and enjoy connecting with nature. We offer stimulating activities that arouse children’s curiosity and encourage them to choose from a variety of planned experiences, expanding their learning potential. 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 Wahroonga, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2018 and we are proud to present it here.