What is your enrolment process?
Our enrolment process is an annual one. We begin taking enrolment applications on the first Monday in February for the following year. For example, we start taking enrolment applications for 2018 on Monday 6 February 2017.
Please note that our Centre caters for 3-5 year olds only. As we are not equipped to have nappy changing facilities at the Centre, children need to be toilet trained by the time they start Pre School.
Families who gain a placement will be issued with an Information Booklet and invited to an Orientation Night where they will meet the staff and learn more about our Centre.
Is there an orientation for children?
Yes. We hold an Orientation Morning where children spend a short time at the Centre to become familiar with the environment, meet the educators, play some indoor and outdoor games, do some craft and some music and movement.
What are your hours and fees?
The Centre’s hours of operation are 7.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. We are open 48 weeks per year, closing on public holidays and for four weeks at Christmas. Fees are $83 per day. You may be entitled to fee relief in the form of Child Care Benefit and/or the Child Care Rebate, depending on you family income and work situation.
What is the Child Care Benefit ?
Child Care Benefit (CCB) is a fee relief for families to assist with the cost of child care. The Department of Human Services (DHS) administer the CCB Scheme in association with Centrelink. The level of fee reduction is determined by your family income. You can find out more about CCB by contacting Centrelink on 136150
What is the Child Care Tax Rebate?
Even if you are not entitled to CCB, you may be entitled to the Child Care Tax Rebate (CCTR). The CCTR is a 50% rebate of your out-of-pocket expenses. To qualify, you
- and your partner must be working, training or studying
- must be using an approved child care service provider
- must be an Australian resident
This rebate is not means tested.To find out more about CCB and CCTR, contact Centrelink on 136 150 or visit www.familyassist.gov.au
What is your meal plan?
Our Centre provides morning tea, a hot lunch with dessert and afternoon tea each day. A light snack is also offered to children who remain at the Centre after 4pm. Drinks are supplied with each meal and our menu includes a wide range of nutritional foods from a variety of cultures. If your child requires a special diet or is allergic to any foods, this can be accommodated. Our Educators involve children in many experiences to increase their appreciation of healthy food and understanding of the importance of a healthy lifestyle, such as:
- food preparation
- discussing healthy food and ‘sometimes food’
- dental hygiene
- activities under the Munch ‘n’ Move Program
- growing and picking their own vegetables
What about sun care?
The Centre has a SunCare Policy which has been endorsed by the Cancer Council of NSW. The Centre’s outdoor shading provides 95% UV protection. The Centre supplies children with their own personally-labelled Cancer Council approved legionnaire’s hat and SPF30+ sunscreen is applied to children for outdoor play. Outdoor play is limited to outside peak UV periods.
What clothing is suitable?
We encourage families to dress their child in sensible play clothes which are comfortable and easy for the child to manage eg track suits with sleeves that are easily pushed up.
For further protection from the sun, children are encouraged to wear loose-fitting shirts or dresses with sleeves that cover the shoulders and chest. Trousers or knee-length skirts and shorts are encouraged. Singlet tops and short tops which reveal the midriff are discouraged. All clothing should be made of a closely woven fabric.