You are welcome to place your child’s name on the waiting list at any time, with enrolments for the new year beginning in July. Places can also be offered throughout the year as they become available.
The Pre-School abides by the priority of access guidelines established by the Early Childhood Education and Care Authority, which states that pre-schools must give priority to:
Children who are at risk of significant harm
Children with Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander Heritage
Children eligible for school in the following year
Children from low income families (eg: Health Care Card holders)
Children with a language background other than English (LBOTE)
Children with disabilities
If your child is offered a position at Pre-School, enrolment packs are sent out or may be collected. Families are asked to attend an interview at the centre to which they bring completed enrolment forms, Birth Certificate, Immunisation History Statement located on the Medicare website, and any other relevant specialist reports or documentation relating to custody.
You will meet with the Director where information about the Pre-School will be shared and any questions will be answered. You will also be introduced to staff, given a tour of the centre and your child is welcome to join in the activities while visiting. This is a perfect opportunity for you and your child to get to know their new surroundings and for you to ask questions and become familiar with the centre. Upon payment of the Enrolment Fee, your child will also receive a Pre-School T-Shirt, Cap and Meal Bags.
If desired, further visits will be organised to support the process of your child’s transition to pre-school.
Fees and Charges
The service is a not-for-profit organisation so the fees paid by families help to cover the costs of running the centre. The Department of Education funds the remainder of the centre’s annual budget.
When enrolling your child at the Pre-school for 2023, a $170 enrolment fee is paid which includes the Annual Membership fee.
The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that all children in New South Wales can participate in 600 hours of quality preschool education before school, and are providing fee relief funding through the “Early Years Commitment”. This funding is available to all eligible families through the “Start Strong for Community Preschools Fee Relief Program”, and will be passed on to you by the Pre-School as a reduction to your fees.
To be eligible for the fee relief, parents / caregivers are required to complete a declaration form that nominates which service you are choosing to receive your fee relief from. You will also need to complete a consent form, giving the Pre-School permission to share some of your child’s information with the NSW Department of Education, which determines the level of fee relief/funding provided to the Pre-School.
In 2023 Singleton Heights Pre-School are able to provide up to 3 days per week fee-free. This means that no fees are payable for the first three days per week that you child attends Pre-School (conditions apply). The fees for any additional day is $32.40 per day.
The NSW Government subsidises fees through the Pre-School for all families holding a current Health Care or Pension Card. Eligibility for fee subsidy is reviewed during the year to ensure access eligibility and equity for all families.
Children enrolled with diagnosed disabilities or other additional needs may qualify for funding support to the Pre-School. This facilitates inclusion in the Pre-School program by subsidising the employment of additional Inclusion Support Educators.