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What we offer - Burra Early Learning Centre

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

Preschool program

Times

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

Week A

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
- 9.00am to 3.00pm 9.00am to 3.00pm 9.00am to 3.00pm -

Week B

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
- 9.00am to 3.00pm 9.00am to 3.00pm - -

Fees

The parent contribution is $100 per term. This covers cleaning and gardening expenses and all excursions throughout the year. See our enrolment and fees page for more information.

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • bag
  • hat (supplied)
  • change of clothes
  • drink bottle containing water
  • a piece of fruit for snack time
  • packed lunch
  • gumboots.

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.

Bus service

Preschool children can use the Burra Community School bus if there are spare seats. The bus drops off and picks up from our centre and a staff member meets the bus every morning and helps children get on it in the afternoon. Call the school on 8892 2007 for more information.

Additional information

We use the Early Years Learning framework, which uses the Belonging, Being and Becoming curriculum and the Preschool Numeracy and Literacy Indicators. We pay attention to curiosity, confidence, communication, resourcefulness, being cooperative, being purposeful and persistence. These are the core skills all children need for successful learning.

A term planner, program and other relevant information will be sent home regularly and displayed at the centre. We encourage you to read about what is happening to keep you up to date.

Please read our drop-off and pick-up procedure (PDF 75KB).

BELC Rural Care program

Our rural care program offers long day care integrated with preschool. Our aim is to support rural communities with affordable centre-based childcare. This can help in a range of ways, like allowing parents more time for work and study, giving respite care to families, and most importantly providing a safe and enjoyable place for children.

Times

Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm

Cost

This program costs $78 for a full day in care for non-school aged children.

Families will need to check their eligibility for child care benefit (CCB) or child care rebate (CCR) through the Department of Human Services.

What to bring

Children should bring the following items:

  • a packed lunch including appropriate healthy snacks for both morning and afternoon
  • a sun hat and sunscreen (if not using the preschool's)
  • a change of clothes
  • nappies and wipes
  • water bottle or milk in labelled bottles
  • dummies or comforters for sleep and rest times.

Additional information

Please contact us to arrange a time to visit our centre and make a booking for your child.

BELC Supported Playgroup

The supported playgroup has a qualified educator who helps parents to be involved with their child's learning and development. The educator will help out, but parents and carers must supervise their children at all times.

Children learn through play and are learning literacy and numeracy skills long before preschool. Research shows that the first 5 years in a child’s life are possibly the most important in their overall development. It is crucial to have sensitive, responsive parenting in these years.

Times

Tuesday 9:30am to 11:30am

What to bring

Children should bring the following items:

  • hat
  • water bottle
  • fruit to share
  • $2 donation
  • excitement!

Additional information

For children aged 0 to 4 years. Parents and carers must come and join in with their children.

Playgroup

Playgroup is a group of mums, dads, grandparents and caregivers who meet together each week with their babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers (aged 0-6 years) for interaction and fun.

Parents and caregivers work together to provide their babies and young children with opportunities to learn through play. Each parent or carer is responsible for their child's behaviour at playgroup and this helps to ensure close supervision of all children.

Playgroup provides a large range of toys and activities often not available at home, is a low cost activity, is not-for-profit and run by the people who attend. It is part of Playgroup SA.

Times

Fridays 9.30am to 11.30am