Children are entitled to 15 hours of preschool (kindy) per week for one year, prior to starting school. When they begin preschool is dependent on their date of birth. We have one intake per year. If your child’s 4th birthday falls on or before 30th April, they will start kindy in term 1 of that year. If their 4th birthday is May 1st or later in that year, they will begin preschool the following year.
To best suit the needs of our community our 15 hours per week entitlement is spread over the year using a 12/18 model of attendance. This looks like:
Term’s 1 & 2 – 2 full days on Tuesday & Wednesday 9.00am – 3.00pm
Term’s 3 & 4 – 3 full days on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9.00am – 3.00pm
Children of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and Children under the Guardianship of the Minister are eligible to attend full time (12 hours per week) Kindergarten from their 3rd birthday. Universal access (15 hours per week) will be offered in their eligible year prior to starting school.
Kindy families are encouraged to participate in the pre-entry (transition) program in term 4, prior to their child starting full-time Kindy at the start of the following year. Pre-entry is an important first step towards building strong relationships with children and partnerships with families. Developing a sense of belonging is paramount to developing wellbeing and learning. This program generally runs in latter weeks of term 4. Dates and times will be confirmed during parent information sessions held early in term 3. Please contact the centre for more information on times and dates.
Kindy Fees are $150.00 per term with a $1.00 per week Materials & Services Levy
Pre-entry fees are $50.00 for the term plus a one-off $10.00 contribution towards their Portfolio.
Please refer to the Childcare fees section for information on Before & After Kindy Care fees.