KU Children’s Services is one of the largest not-for-profit providers of quality early childhood education and care and the most experienced provider in Australia.
KU believes that children learn about their world through experiences provided in a nurturing and supportive environment.
So on top of high quality well-rounded play-based learning programs and educational experiences, KU now delivers an area of interest, focus or specialisation in each of their centres.
These areas of specialisation are diverse and include everything from visual arts and technology, to music, STEM, cultural appreciation and environmental sustainability, providing a richer tapestry of educationally interactive experiences for children.
“Children build their skills and knowledge by engaging in experiences based on their interests and needs across all areas of development,” says KU CEO Christine Legg.
“Providing an area of interest, focus or specialisation contributes to their development and supports the principles of the of the National Quality Framework, introduced to ensure consistent, high quality early childhood education for all children.
“This innovation also showcases the highly skilled teachers and educators in our centres and their professional commitment to providing a love of lifelong learning and inquiry to the children in their care.”
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KU Peninsula’s specialisation is their cultural and community relationships program. Through activities such as the study and appreciation of Aboriginal culture, Japanese culture and cultural art, children are inspired by various insights they garner about other cultures.
At KU Carillon, their specialisation is a Kitchen Garden Program which offers a strong focus on sustainability and the natural environment. Children are encouraged to learn about the world around them as they plant seeds in the vegetable garden, take care of the fruit trees, compost fruit and vegetable scraps and feed the many animals.
The children at KU Ourimbah have access to ‘Our Forest Kindergarten’, a specialisation that enables immersion in nature as a starting point to understanding the wider world.
Natural outdoor settings have been found to influence children’s emotional well-being and mental health.
Children benefit from this specialisation because it is an opportunity for them to connect with the natural world, solve problems in a landscape that is not uniform and offers challenges, inspiration, beauty, unpredictability and interest.
“It’s the wide range of active and meaningful experiences that KU’s highly experienced teachers and educators provide that helps children’s learning go further,” Ms Legg said.