KU Children’s Services

KU Children’s Services has been recognised as an Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2016. The Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice recognises organisations which have developed leading workplaces that maximise the full potential of their workforce through practices that demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention.

“KU is delighted to be recognised as an Employer of Choice in the 2016 Australian Business Awards. As a recognised leader with over 120 years of experience in the early education sector, we have long recognised our employees as key to our ongoing success. Together, we are driven by the passionate pursuit of quality early education and encourage others to join us as we work to ensure that every child can experience a high quality early childhood education, where they can play, discover and learn.”
Christine Legg, CEO, KU Children's Services
KU Children’s Services (KU) operates a portfolio of approximately 140 early education services, designed to promote and facilitate the inclusion of children with additional needs including vulnerable children and children with disabilities within early education programs. Operating as a non-for-profit organisation governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, KU strives to offer high levels of professional support to their service staff and people-friendly terms of employment.

KU employees are encouraged to embody the company’s recognition that childhood is a special time in itself and that integrity, leadership, innovation, diversity and inclusion are integral in fostering trusting environments that allow children to explore and learn. KU values ongoing professional learning as an opportunity to contribute to a strong professional identity. Supporting engagement by individuals and teams in regular professional learning to help foster continuous improvement and maintain a contemporary understanding of early education practices across the organisation. This includes a range of courses and workshops run through a professional learning calendar, which provides opportunities for employees to access professional learning that is targeted and interest based.

This process, which begins at orientation, is characterised by a review system that identifies strengths and weaknesses and recognises opportunities for career advancement. Staff who demonstrate passion and expertise in their roles are rewarded with awards and career enhancement opportunities. Additionally, KU have adopted an active approach to ensuring the health and safety of staff, visitors, contractors, children and their families. To this end, KU have a comprehensive wellness and safety management system. The system is designed to promote a strategic approach to employee wellness through internal training and external partnerships with safety specialists.

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