KU Children’s Services

KU Children’s Services has been selected as an Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2019. The Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice [EOC] 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.

Established in 1895, KU Children’s Services (KU) was the first provider of early childhood education in Australia and has operated continuously for nearly 125 years. Today KU is one of Australia’s largest not for profit providers of early childhood education.

KU is a large and complex organisation with a range of services and support structures in place. KU operates a portfolio of 141 early education services and programs, to enable access for children from birth to five years to high quality early childhood education. These services include preschool, long day care, outside school hours care, family programs, early intervention and specialist programs designed to promote and facilitate the inclusion of children with additional needs including vulnerable children and children with disabilities.

KU provides specialist advice to the corporate, community and government sectors, drawing on their expertise in the delivery of high-quality educational programs. With more than 25 years’ experience in work-based and employer-sponsored childcare, KU offers a range of management models for those looking to partner with an operator to deliver quality services; either in the corporate or community spaces.

KU continued to demonstrate its commitment to the care and support for children with additional needs and their families. KU’s Family Programs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Education Support teams support over 1,500 children with additional needs each year.

In 2018 KU invested over $2million in a wide range of social impact activities including providing specialist services to families and children with additional needs; enabling children experiencing significant social disadvantage to access high quality early childhood education; and piloting ‘Healthy Start’, a program for vulnerable children that explores nutrition and health eating options. KU continues to explore new ways to expand our reach and impact in this area. KU’s Adult Migrant Education Program welcomed 1,098 families with 1,615 children from a diverse range of countries and backgrounds.

KU is an equal opportunity employer. KU’s positive workplace culture fosters innovation, recognises performance and offers development opportunities, ensuring they attract, retain and invest in the best people. KU has earned an enviable reputation for offering high levels of professional support to its service staff. Working for KU provides employees with the opportunity to join a dynamic organisation, helping to “make a difference” in the lives of young children and their families.

“Our staff and families are at the heart of everything we do. At KU, we understand the essential role that staff and families play in working together to ensure each child has the best possible start in life,” says Christine Legg, CEO, KU Children’s Services.

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