KU Windale Preschool

17 South Street
WINDALE NSW 2306
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  • 02 4948 8391
  • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Preschoolers

Our Program and Approach

At KU Windale, our program focuses on engaging children in learning that is meaningful and intentional. We believe that play is central to children’s learning and development, and forms the basis for all early childhood programs.

Relationships are at the core of our program and practice with children. The relationships our educators have with children and families are strong, respectful and meaningful. We believe that learning occurs best when children have a supportive and enriching environment, where they are recognised as powerful and competent learners.

At KU Windale, we are proud of our strong community connections, particularly with the local Aboriginal community and families. 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. We pride ourselves on creating beautiful indoor and outdoor learning spaces that inspire children to engage in learning together. Over the years, we have worked with families and other professionals to embed an aboriginal perspective into our curriculum, as well as other cultures that are represented at our centre.

We aim to establish immediate rapport and a sense of belonging in our community, as families arrive through the front door. We also work closely with family support agencies to ensure that the families and their children have the best start they can.

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 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 Windale, our specialisation is inclusion. This covers a broad range of areas, with a focus on supporting our indigenous children, as well as children with additional needs.

We incorporate this into our program by embedding an Aboriginal perspective into all areas of our program, as well as making strong connections with local Aboriginal services. We celebrate and acknowledge our Aboriginal history and connections to the land with a daily acknowledgement from the children and educators. Our literacy program includes an aboriginal perspective, with stories and children learning about the different Aboriginal symbols and what they represent.

We have a strong focus on supporting children’s sensory needs by immersing them in different experiences. We have a number of hammocks and swinging ropes that support high activity levels and sensory processing difficulties. Our team are focussed on developing communication skills through using key word sign, visual communication and working with other professionals on supporting the ongoing development of language.

We feel that the children benefit from our specialisation, because it enriches their understanding of the community and its heritage, as well as developing and enhancing their literary skills.


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...

“KU Windale Preschool provides a place of learning and friendship. The staff are so caring and take the time to understand each child’s unique needs. My son cannot wait to go each week and he has really grown since attending the preschool.” – KU Windale parent

“My daughters have loved using KU Windale as a place where they have learned to grow and explore and make many new friends.” – KU Windale 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 Windale Preschool has been operating since 1977 and has strong foundations in the community. There is a large open space both indoors and outdoors that is natural and inviting.

Our playground is designed to allow children to explore nature and discover the natural environment. We want children to be able to dig in the mud, climb trees, discover and learn about insects and enjoy connecting with nature. The many activities we offer enable children to immerse themselves in the natural elements of their surroundings and feel inspired to create, imagine and play.


Other Features

Hat and Sunscreen
Transition to School
Play-based Learning
Parking
Outdoor Play
Award
Storypark

photo of Nicole Brooke-Dean

Nicole Brooke-Dean

Director

Nicole is a university qualified early childhood teacher with over 20 years’ experience working with children and babies. She has been working at KU Windale since 2016 and has worked with KU Children’s Services since 1997.

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.

Children who are three years old, will pay the Unfunded Daily Fee: $34.50 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: $34.50 per day
  • …who attend two days per week (15 hours per week) will pay the Start Strong Fee: $5.00 per day
  • …who attend more than two days per week (more than 15 hours per week), will pay the Start Strong Fee ($5.00) for the first two days, then the Unfunded Daily Fee ($34.50) 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 Windale, 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.