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Learning and care - ABC Children's Centre

We offer a number of programs and services to support your child’s early years learning.

Preschool program

We invite you to join the governing council, which meets twice a term to make sure the centre runs smoothly. Read through what a governing council does and speak to us to register your interest.

When your child can start preschool

Your child is entitled to access 1 year of preschool.

If your child turns 4 before 1 May, they can start preschool at the beginning of the year. If your child turns 4 on or after 1 May, they can start the next year.

If you want to delay your child’s start to preschool or you’re not sure about when they should start, please talk to us about your options.

If your child is Aboriginal or under the guardianship of the minister they are eligible to start preschool after they turn 3.

Early entry

Your child may be able to come to preschool up to 2 terms earlier if they:

  • have additional needs or disability
  • are learning English as an additional language or dialect
  • are at significant risk because of family circumstances.

Early entry is for up to 3 hours per week in the first term, and up to 6 hours per week in the second term, if places are available.

Access is decided on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact us if you want more information about early entry.

Enrolling your child

You can register your interest to enrol your child with us by using the preschool enrolment registration form (Word 283KB). This form is also available from us.

Try to register your interest by 30 June, but you can do this any time during the year.

Priority will be given to children living in our catchment area. If you don’t live in our catchment area you should indicate at least 2 other preschool options on your form.

If we can give your child a place with us we’ll send you an offer letter in term 3. You can accept the offer by filling in and sending back the acceptance slip by the due date.

Before your child starts

We will contact you in term 4 to arrange an enrolment meeting and for you and your child to have a tour of our centre.

Fees

We ask you to contribute towards the cost of your child attending preschool.

The parent contribution is $320 per year. You can choose to pay the total amount at the beginning of the year or pay instalments of $80 per term

A $3 maintenance levy is payable per child per term.

Our lunch care program is $8 per day.

When to pay

Parent contribution and maintenance levy invoices are issued each term.

Lunch care invoices are issued each week.

Invoices are placed in your note pocket.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty paying.

How to pay

You can pay by cash, EFTPOS or EFT.

Cash

Please place cash payments in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on the front. Put the envelope in the payments box at reception.

EFTPOS

Please go to the reception desk to pay via EFTPOS.

EFT information

BSB: 105035

Account number: 045645840

Please put your child’s name in the notes as the reference.

Preschool session times

Your child can attend preschool for up to 15 hours or 5 sessions per week.

They can attend full days (full days are 2 sessions) or half days (half days are 1 session). Please speak with us about the sessions you would like your child to attend.

Morning

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
8.30am to 11.45am8.30am to 11.45am8.30am to 11.45am_8.30am to 11.45am

Afternoon

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
12.30pm to 3.30pm12.30pm to 3.30pm12.30pm to 3.30pm_8.30am to 11.45am

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

Your child must wear sun protective clothes, such as shirts with collars, elbow length sleeves, longer style shorts and skirts.

Put sunscreen on your child before they come, and we will re-apply when necessary. If your child requires specific sunscreen, you will need to supply it.

Please write your child’s name on all their belongings.

What not to bring

Children should not bring these things:

  • food containing nuts (some children have nut allergies that can be dangerous)
  • unhealthy food or drink (lollies, chocolate, chips, fizzy drinks)
  • toys from home
  • lunch.

Additional information

We often include cooking in our curriculum. Please let us know if your child has any food allergies or restrictions.

Our library aims to promote the value and enjoyment of books in children's development. Your child can borrow books for up to 2 weeks at a time.

Please read our arrival and departure procedure (PDF 62KB).

Lunch care program

If your child attends a full day or combines a preschool session with childcare, they will be supplied with lunch prepared by our cook.

Long day care

Long day care is full-day or part-time child care for babies, toddlers and children under the age of 6. It provides play-based educational care from qualified teachers and/or children’s services professionals using the National Quality Framework​. Your child may attend full-time, part-time or occasionally.

Times

Morning

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
7.00am to 12.45pm7.00am to 12.45pm7.00am to 12.45pm7.00am to 12.45pm7.00am to 12.45pm

Afternoon

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
12.40pm to 6.00pm12.40pm to 6.00pm12.40pm to 6.00pm12.40pm to 6.00pm12.40pm to 6.00pm

We are closed on public holidays.

Cost

You may be eligible for the Australian government's child care subsidy.

Cost before the subsidy:

  • Full day - $ 96
  • Morning session - $55
  • Afternoon session - $48

When to pay

Childcare invoices are issued and are due each week.

A $3 maintenance levy is due per child per term.

How to pay

See our for payment details. (link to How to pay in preschool program)

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • bag broad-brimmed hat
  • complete change of clothes
  • healthy snack
  • drink bottle containing water.

If needed, younger children also need to bring these items each day:

  • disposable or cloth nappies to last their session (at least 6 for a full day)
  • nappy rash cream (in original packaging)
  • comforters
  • bottles of milk or formula pre-measured and clearly labelled (and baby's own cup when required).

Your child must wear sun protective clothes, such as shirts with collars, elbow length sleeves, longer style shorts and skirts.

Put sunscreen on your child before they come, and we will re-apply when necessary. If your child requires specific sunscreen, you will need to supply it.

Please write your child’s name on all their belongings.

Additional information

Please speak with us if you require care for a baby under 3 months old. We provide breakfast until 7.50am.

Playgroup

Playgroup is an interactive, fun opportunity for children and parents to play and learn together. Playgroups are usually supported by an early childhood professional who will give support, information and advice about children’s health, learning and development.

Our family-friendly and well-resourced playgroup is for children birth to 4 years.

Times

Friday, 11.00am to 1.00pm (school terms only).

Cost

$3 per child or $5 per family.

What to bring

Children need to bring these things:

  • broad-brimmed hat
  • drink bottle containing water
  • healthy lunch.

What not to bring

Children should not bring these things:

  • food containing nuts (some children have nut allergies that can be dangerous)
  • unhealthy food or drink (lollies, chocolate, chips, fizzy drinks).

Occasional care

Occasional care is for children under school age who aren’t in any other early childhood education and care programs, such as preschool, child care or family day care. It promotes young children’s development by giving them access to high-quality early childhood education.

It may help parents to take part in a range of activities including non-work and casual work commitments.

Priority of access

The education department has a priority of access policy to decide who can get into occasional care. This might mean that some families get more sessions than others.

Talk to us about enrolling in occasional care.

Occasional care session times

Children generally can go to 1 session a week.

Children under 2 years old

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
7.00am to 12.45pm7.00am to 12.45pm7.00am to 12.45pm7.00am to 12.45pm7.00am to 12.45pm

Children over 2 years old

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
12.40pm to 6.00pm12.40pm to 6.00pm12.40pm to 6.00pm12.40pm to 6.00pm12.40pm to 6.00pm

We are closed on public holidays.