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.

The Australian Business Awards are an annual comprehensive awards program which recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement via a set of established business and product award categories.

The Australian Business Awards are the national chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership initiative conducted on a national and international level. The Employer of Choice Award recipients will participate in the international chapter of the program at the World Business Awards whereby participants are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally.

The process culminates in the selection of organisations which maximise the full potential of their workforce through practices that demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention. The recipients are recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their achievements acknowledged and celebrated.

Organisational eligibility includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multinational subsidiaries, not-for-profit organisations, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia.

Entrant organisations are required to demonstrate their achievements across the key areas of Organisational Culture; Leadership & Strategy; Employee Education, Training & Development; Employee Health, Safety & Satisfaction; Performance Management; Recognition & Remuneration.

The Employer of Choice Framework is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards.

The key attributes of the Employer of Choice Framework define the characteristics of high-performing, industry leading organisations that provide a stimulating and supportive workplace. The criteria and sub-criteria provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and learning among the participating organisations.

Entrant organisations are required to demonstrate their achievements across the key areas of Organisational Culture; Leadership & Strategy; Employee Education, Training & Development; Employee Health, Safety & Satisfaction; Performance Management; Recognition & Remuneration.

The program provides a notable opportunity for high-performing organisations which implement world-class human resource management practices to be acknowledged and celebrated for their achievements both nationally and internationally.

Conducted annually, the program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum human resource management practises and to review their business performance through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework.

The program provides the ultimate platform for building knowledge, increasing employer brand awareness. reputation, equity, loyalty and retention through increased exposure, recognition and prestige.

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