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 2022, a $170 enrolment fee is paid which includes the Annual Membership fee.
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.