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Learning and care - Aldinga Beach Children's Centre

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

Preschool

We invite you to join the parenting committee, which meets twice a term to make sure the centre runs smoothly. Find out more about preschool governanace and speak to us to register your interest.

When your child can start preschool

All children are entitled to access at least 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 guardianship (in care) they are eligible for 12 hours of preschool after they turn 3. They will then be eligible for 15 hours per week of preschool in the year before they start school.

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 October about an orientation session. We will invite you to a family night which includes a BBQ dinner, a tour of our kindy, and an information session where you can ask questions. This will be followed by a 2 to 2.5 hour transition visit for your child.

Fees

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

The parent contribution is $355 per year. You can choose to pay the total amount at the beginning of the year or you can pay instalments during the year.

We will ask for a $50 payment up-front before your child starts kindy. This will cover excursions and a compulsory hat that will have your child's name on it and be colour-coded to your child's learning group.

When to pay

We will invoice you in term 1 via your child's pocket.

Payments are due in full by the end of term 3.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty paying, or if you would like to pay the parent contribution in instalments, and we can work out a payment plan.

How to pay

Cash or cheque

You can pay cash or cheque at the kindy. Please put the payment in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on the front. Put the envelope in the payments box which is located on the front desk as you enter the building.

EFT information

You can pay by direct deposit.

BSB: 105071

Account number: 033119340

Please use your child’s name as the reference.

Preschool session times

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

This will consist of 2 regular days of preschool each week and 7 Fun Fridays over the course of the year. On Fun Friday's we go on excursions in our local community and have incursions that might involve people coming to visit us. We will advise you of the dates of our Fun Fridays well in advance so you can plan accordingly.

Group 1

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.30am to 3.15pm 8.30am to 3.15pm Fun Fridays

Group 2

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.30am to 3.15pm 8.30am to 3.15pm Fun Fridays

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • bag
  • kindy coloured group hat
  • change of clothes
  • drink bottle containing water
  • healthy snack
  • packed lunch.

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.

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.

Times

Children generally can go to 1 session a week.

Children under 2 years old

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
12.15pm to 3.15pm 12.15pm to 3.15pm 8.30am to 11.30am 8.30am to 11.30am
12.15pm to 3.15pm

Children over 2 years old

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
12.15pm to 3.15pm 12.15pm to 3.15pm 8.30am to 11.30am

8.30am to 11.30am
or
12.15pm to 3.15pm

Cost

This program costs $5 per session and $2.50 for siblings.

If you have an Australian Government Pensioner Concession or Health Care Card, the cost is $1.50 per session and 75 cents for siblings.

What to bring

Children need to bring these items:

  • bag
  • hat
  • change of clothes
  • nappies if required
  • drink bottle containing water
  • healthy snack.

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

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.

Come along and explore, create and take risks with your child in a safe, fun and supportive environment.

Times

9.30am to 11.00am every Tuesday.

Cost

Free.

What to bring

Children need to bring these items:

  • bag
  • hat
  • change of clothes
  • drink bottle containing water
  • a piece of fruit to share or a healthy snack.

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

You will also need to bring a hat to wear when accompanying your child outside.

Additional information

Our playgroup is limited to a maximum of 15 children. Book in advance to secure your spot.

We are a nut-free centre. Please do not bring any food containing nuts.

Learning Together

Being involved in your child’s learning makes a positive difference. Read about this program and how it can help your family.

Times

9.15am to 11.00am every Wednesday.

Cost

Free.

What to bring

Children need to bring a piece of fruit to share at fruit time.

Children and adults need to bring a hat.