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Learning and care – Ardtornish Children's Centre

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


At Ardtornish, we refer to our preschool program as kindy.

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 registration of interest form. 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 3 or 4 of the year before your child starts about an orientation session. This will be a 90-minute session where you can ask questions. Orientation sessions take place on Friday mornings and you will have a number to choose from.

Don't feel you have to wait for this session, though. If you want to drop in for a chat and to have a look around, please do.


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

The parent contribution is $600 per year. You can pay the total amount at the beginning of the year or pay 3 instalments of $200 over the first 3 terms.

Other ways to pay can be negotiated with our director.

When to pay

We will invoice you in week 1 via email.

Payments are due in week 4 of terms 1, 2 and 3.

Please contact us if you need to discuss a payment plan.

How to pay

You can pay by cash at the centre. Please put the payment in a sealed envelope with your child’s full name, the amount, and the words 'kindy fees' on the front. Put the envelope in the payments box in the foyer.

You can also pay by direct deposit. Please see your invoice for bank details.

Preschool session times

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

Group 1

8.15am to 3.45pm8.15am to 3.45pm

Group 2

8.15am to 3.45pm8.15am to 3.45pm

What to bring

Your child needs to bring these items each day:

  • bag
  • broad-brimmed, cord-free hat
  • change of clothes and a waterproof bag
  • drink bottle
  • 2 healthy snacks
  • a healthy lunch
  • sunscreen.

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

Please make sure they are wearing sunscreen when they arrive and we will help them re-apply it throughout the day. See our sun safety policy (PDF 551KB).

Please also bring gumboots and a raincoat. Many of these items can be left at kindy in storage spaces.

Your child will sometimes get messy and dirty at kindy. Please dress them in clothes that are suitable. We have kindy t-shirts to buy, in blue, red, green and pink, for $15 each.

For your child's safety, thongs and slip-on shoes like Crocs are not allowed. Please make sure your child arrives wearing suitable shoes such as sandals or sneakers.

See our healthy eating policy (PDF 181KB) for information on what to pack for lunches and snacks

What not to bring

Your child should not bring these things:

  • unhealthy food or drink (lollies, chocolate, chips, fizzy drinks)
  • toys from home
  • thongs or slip-on shoes like Crocs.

We will celebrate children's birthdays at kindy, but we ask that birthday cakes and treats not be brought in.

Additional information

Please read our drop-off and pick-up procedure (PDF 423KB).

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, childcare 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.


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.

Occasional care session times

Children generally can go to 1 session a week. When they enrol, families choose their preferred day and book the first session. When they come to a session they can then book the next one.

Children under 2 years old

12:00pm to 3:00pm12:00pm to 3:00pm-

Children over 2 years old

8.30am to 11.30am8.30am to 11.30am8.30am to 11.30am8.30am to 11.30am

What to bring

Your child needs to bring these items each day:

  • bag
  • broad-brimmed, cord-free hat
  • change of clothes and waterproof bag
  • nappies and wipes if needed
  • drink bottle containing water
  • healthy snack
  • bottle and pacifier if needed.

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

Please make sure your child is wearing sunscreen when they arrive. See our sun safety policy (PDF 551KB).


The parent-run playgroup is an interactive, fun opportunity for children and families to play and learn together. 

You and your child can go to the Ardtornish playgroup, which is on Lutyens Avenue, St Agnes. Talk to us for more information.


Tuesday 9.30am to 11.30am

Friday 9.30am to 11.30am


There is a small cost for Playgroup SA insurance and consumables.

Baby playgroup

For you and your child, up to walking age. Share experiences, questions and ideas, develop your child's skills, hear occasional speakers, play and sing with your baby and other parents.


Monday 10.30am to 12 noon

Thursday 9.30am to 12 noon

More information

Talk to us for more information.