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About KU

Leading the way in early childhood education and care since 1895

Two words synonymous with KU are progressive and dynamic and we have never stopped being either in our long and impressive history as an early childhood education and care provider.

Established in 1895 as the Kindergarten Union of New South Wales, KU is one of the most respected child care providers in Australia and a leader on issues relating to the education and care of young children.

Qualified, experienced staff

Since establishing Australia's first early childhood teacher training college in the early 1900s, we have continued to build an enviable reputation for highly qualified, experienced and dedicated staff.

Today KU employs more than 2500 early childhood specialists who work in over 150 early childhood centres throughout Australia, enriching thousands of children’s lives.

A range of high quality early childhood programs

KU provides programs for more than 12,500 families and over 14,000 children throughout Australia.

Our range of programs has continued to grow to meet the ever changing needs of children, families and the community, and includes programs as diverse as preschool education and care, work-based child care, vacation and occasional care, family programs and early language and literacy initiatives.

Each of our programs is based on the latest research and practice in early childhood education - an area that we continue to pursue and support through our involvement in research initiatives and our highly regarded Professional Development program.

Proudly not for profit

KU is proudly a community based, not for profit organisation. As a not for profit organisation KU makes no profit from fees, instead any surplus is re-invested straight back into our services, facilities and staff, allowing us to put children first by investing where early childhood needs are greatest.

A focus on children, families and communities

We believe that children learn best when they are supported and encouraged by their family and the wider community.

We encourage the involvement of parents and families within our centres and provide many opportunities to offer feedback, assistance and practical hands-on support.

All KU parents are also encouraged to become members of KU and have a voice at our regular Council meetings and our Annual General Meeting.

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