When can my child start?
Your child must be three years old to start at preschool.
Can I get the Child Care Benefit (CCB)?
Child Care Benefit is no longer available to NSW Preschools from July 2018.
WHAT FEES WILL I PAY?
For 2019, the fees are:
$41/day for children who were born on or before 31st July 2015
$51/day for children who were born after 31st July 2015
Low Income Affordability Fees are available. Please contact the office for further information on requirements.
Please see the Fees page for more information.
What are YOUR Preschool’s hours?
We are open from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm. In order to assist parents collecting older siblings from schools, the drop-off period is between 8:00 am and 9:15 am and the pick up period is between 2.45 pm and 3:30 pm.
Please ensure that your child and any siblings are supervised before and during drop off and pick up times.
What days can my child attend?
Children may attend our three-day program (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday) or our two-day program (Thursday/Friday).
Is YOUR Preschool open in the school holidays?
No. We operate the same dates as NSW Public Schools and so are not open during the school holidays.
The preschool year is divided into four terms (the same term dates as the Public Schools):
Term 1: 30/1/19-12/4/19 (11 weeks)
Term 2: 29/04/19 – 5/7/19 (10 weeks)
Term 3: 22/7/19 – 27/9/19 (10 weeks)
Term 4: 14/10/19-18/12/19 (10 weeks)
DO YOU HAVE a before and after care, or vacation care option?
WILL MY CHILD BE grouped according to age?
No. We value the benefits of mixed age groupings. Older children take pride in having the responsibility of helping the younger children. The younger children benefit from having older role models. Our educators make opportunities within the day to split the children into small groups according to age in order to provide learning experiences in an age-appropriate manner.
Does my child need to be toilet trained in order to attend?
Yes. However, if you are having difficulties, please speak to our staff. They are happy and willing to support you and your child and help you to achieve this milestone.
Do I have to be a Christian in order for my child to attend your Preschool?
No. The preschool community has families from many cultural and religious backgrounds. Diversity is celebrated and the children are encouraged to respect others no matter where they come from, what they believe or what language they speak.
Do WE have to live in the area to attend YOUR Preschool?
No. We do, however, encourage you to think about the practicalities of travelling to preschool each day. Also think about your child’s future transition to school and whether they will be moving to ‘Big School’ with friends from preschool (having friends from preschool can be a great support during this big change).
Is food provided?
No. You will need to provide morning tea and lunch for your child. Please see the Nutrition and Meals page for more information.
What should MY CHILD bring to Preschool?
Please ensure your child brings:
A drink bottle
Morning tea (in a small box or bag; this will be placed in the group esky to keep it fresh)
Lunch (in a box or bag, with an ice brick to keep the food fresh)
Spare clothes (even if your child is toilet trained, they may get wet or messy at preschool; spare clothes are a must)
Please make sure everything is labelled with your child’s name.
We will give your child a hat to wear when they start preschool. We also provide sunscreen.
What should my child wear to Preschool?
Our preschool is a fun environment where the day is spent running, climbing, rolling, painting and playing—so your child should wear comfortable clothes. Please don’t let them wear their best clothes as they are likely to get paint or play dough on them. In keeping with our Sunsmart policy, your child should wear clothing that covers their neck, shoulders and other exposed skin in hot weather. They should also wear sturdy shoes suitable for climbing and running (thongs, gumboots and crocs are not suitable).
Can you give my child medication?
Only medication prescribed by a doctor may be administered to your child by our staff. The medication must have a pharmaceutical label with your child’s name and prescribed dosage. No other medication can be given (see our Medication Policy for more information).
What happens if my child is sick and cannot attend preschool?
If your child is sick please call the office (9817 4946).
What happens if my child hurts themselves at preschool?
The safety of your child is very important to us. All of our educators maintain up-to-date first aid qualifications. If your child hurts themselves at preschool, our educators will give them appropriate first aid (usually a cold-pack or a bandaid). That afternoon, you will receive an Incident, Injury, Trauma and Illness Record informing you of what happened.
You will be contacted by phone straight away if there is any concern about an accident involving your child.
WHAT IS PLAY-BASED LEARNING?
Play-based learning encourages your child to make sense of the world and themselves through exploration, experimenting with new ideas and language, and exercising their physical skills. It also builds confidence and creative expression and their ability to cooperate as part of a group. Our program is built around play-based learning and our educators are happy to speak with you in more detail about how it works.
How is the preschool run?
Our preschool is:
State Government funded
A Management Committee (made up of parent representatives and church representatives) is responsible for ensuring the preschool operates in accordance with the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011. Representatives are elected at the Annual General Meeting held in March. Please call us if you would like more information.
Where can I park my car?
You can park your car:
in the council car park behind the church (Western Crescent). This car park has a 2 hour limit.
in the council car park opposite the fire station (Pittwater Road). This car park has a 3 hour limit.
on the street in Western Crescent or Jordan Street.
HELPFUL SITES FOR PARENTS
This includes a database with details about all types of Early Childhood services.
Information on vacancies in Early Childhood throughout Australia.
Information about community Preschools in NSW.
The national authority that guides the implementation of the National Quality Framework and ensures consistency in delivery.