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What we offer - Balharry Memorial Children's Centre

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

Preschool program

Session times

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

8.30am to 3.00pm8.30am to 3.00pm
alternate even weeks
8.30am to 3.00pm


Our parent contribution is $85 per term. See our enrolment and fees page for more information.

There may be an additional cost for some excursions and performances.

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • bag
  • wide-brimmed or legionnaire style hat
  • change of clothes
  • drink bottle containing water
  • piece of fruit or vegetable
  • healthy snack (fruit, cheese, yoghurt, rice cakes, vegetable sticks)
  • packed healthy lunch (sandwich, salad, wrap).

Children should wear comfortable and old clothes so they can get dirty. Their shoes should be suitable for running and climbing.

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, roll ups, cordial, fruit juice)
  • toys from home.

Muesli bars, fruit bars, cakes and sweet biscuits are not recommended food.

Bus service

Lucindale Area School provides a bus service. You will receive a school and bus application form in your enrolment pack. These need to be returned to the school. Please speak with the school if you have any questions about this service.

Additional information

Please read our drop-off and pick-up procedure (PDF 41KB).

Our library has a range of fiction and non-fiction that children and parents can borrow. If your child catches the bus, we will help them to borrow. If you live in town, please help your child to borrow books.

A book club is available to purchase books. Book club orders are sent home with the newsletter.

All families are rostered to help wash paint smocks and tea towels. The roster will be in the newsletter at the start of each term. Washing will be sent home with children on Thursdays.

We are always in need of materials from home to use in our making activities. Speak with us about what you can donate.

Please teach your child to write their name using a capital letter for the first letter of their name only.

Pre-entry program

Children 3 years old can attend a 3-hour session once a week. This helps children's transition to kindergarten by becoming familiar with us, the environment and kindy routines.

Please speak with us for more details and availability.

Rural care program

Rural care is a long day care program and includes before school care, after school care and vacation care. The program runs 50 weeks of the year and is available to children 0 to 12 years.

We plan developmentally appropriate, challenging and engaging learning experiences to support your child's development.

Times and fees

Non-school age children

Full day8.00am to 6.00pm$78
Morning8.00am to 1.00pm$39
Afternoon1.00pm to 6.00pm$39

School age children

Before school care8.00am to 9.00am$6.10
After school care3.00pm to 6.00pm$18.30
Vacation care full day8.00am to 6.00pm$61
Vacation care morning8.00am to 1.00pm$30.50
Vacation care afternoon1.00pm to 6.00pm$30.50

Eligible families may be able to claim the child care benefit and child care rebate for this service.

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • bag
  • hat
  • change of clothes
  • drink bottle containing water
  • piece of fruit or vegetable
  • healthy snack
  • packed lunch.

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

Playgroup program

Our supported playgroup runs each week of the school term. It's an opportunity for you and your child to meet other families and spend time learning together. The activities support child development and focus on social and communication skills.


You can come on Friday between 9.30am to 11.30am.


This program costs $2 per family per session.

What to bring

Please bring a hat for yourself and your child, a water bottle and a piece of fruit.

Toy library

This service is available to all kindy, playgroup and community children 0 to 8 years.


The library is open during kindy sessions and playgroup.


This service costs $5 per family per term.