KU Wahroonga Preschool

23 Millewa Avenue
WAHROONGA NSW 2076
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  • 02 9489 4174
  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Preschoolers

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 60 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.


Our Specialisation

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 Quality


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

Our Environment

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. 


Other Features

Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Public Transport
Play-based Learning
Outdoor Play
Storypark

photo of Melissa Puckeridge

Melissa Puckeridge

Director

Melissa is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 25 years’ experience working with children. She has been working at KU Wahroonga since 2009. She has a passion for emotional intelligence and encouraging each child to reach their potential in a fun and dynamic learning environment.

As Educational Leader and Director, Melissa takes an active role in promoting educators’ practice, especially those aspects that involve building and nurturing relationships with families, curriculum decision making, teaching and learning. When educators establish respectful and caring relationships with children and families, they are able to work together to make curriculum and learning experiences relevant, interesting and fun for children at KU Wahroonga Preschool.

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 educators are the most important component of our high quality program.

Children who are three years old, will pay the Unfunded Daily Fee: $79 per day

Children in the year before they are eligible to start school

  • …who attend one day per week (less than 15 hours per week) will pay the Unfunded Daily Fee: $79 per day
  • …who attend two days per week (15 hours per week) will pay the Start Strong Fee: $45 per day
  • …who attend more than two days per week (more than 15 hours per week), will pay the Start Strong Fee ($45) for the first two days, then the Unfunded Daily Fee ($79) for each day after that

If you hold a Health Care Card, you may be entitled to a further discount on your preschool fees. Please speak with the Preschool Director about this if you think you may be eligible.

Why are preschool fees so complex?

The NSW Government provides preschool funding, called Start Strong funding. This funding is to be directed towards children in the year before they are eligible to start school (four and five year olds) who are enrolled in a preschool program for 15 hours per week. At KU Wahroonga, the ‘15 hours’ is met by enrolling in two x 7.5 hour days per week.

Start Strong funding means we can provide a fee reduction for those 15 hours; this is the Start Strong Fee.

Where do your fees go?

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, KU has remained very proudly a not for profit provider. 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, our high quality services, and ensuring our long term sustainability. KU does not distribute our profits to shareholders, or send them offshore.