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Learning and care - Cowandilla Children's Centre

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


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 our preschool waitlist registration form (Word 363KB). 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

If you live in our catchment area, we will contact you in August with an offer of enrolment. If you live outside our catchment area, we will contact you in September with an offer of enrolment if we have spaces available.

We encourage you to attend our Friday morning playgroup sessions to familiarise your child with our centre. This will support their transition to preschool.


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

The parent contribution is $100 per term. You can choose to pay the total amount at the beginning of the year or to pay instalments each term.

When to pay

We will invoice you in the first few weeks of each term. We will put your invoices in your preschool parent pocket.

Payments are due within 4 weeks.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty paying.

How to pay

In Person

You can pay at the school Front Office by cash, cheque, EFTPOS, or Credit Card (Visa/MasterCard only). The Front Office is open school days 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


You can also pay online using BPoint.

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 1 full and 1 half Friday per term. We will advise you of the dates of our full and half days each term well in advance so you can plan accordingly.

Group 1

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.30am to
8.30am to

Group 2

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.30am to
8.30am to

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • bag
  • hat
  • change of clothes (including underwear and socks)
  • drink bottle containing water
  • morning and afternoon healthy snack
  • packed lunch
  • a rain jacket and gumboots (when wet).

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 life-threatening)
  • unhealthy food (lollies, chocolate, chips)
  • seasoned crackers or biscuits
  • juice, cordial, probiotic drinks, fizzy drinks
  • toys from home.

Additional information

Please read our drop-off and pick-up procedure (PDF 133KB).

Out of school hours care

Children can attend out of school hours care (OSHC) at Cowandilla Primary School.

We will walk your child to OSHC at the end of the preschool day.

For more information and cost please contact the school.

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 fortnight.

Children under 2 years old

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
12.15pm to
12.15pm to

Children over 2 years old

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
12.15pm to
12.15pm to


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 each day:

  • bag
  • sun hat (please apply sunscreen before session)
  • change of clothes
  • nappies and wipes if required
  • drink bottle containing water
  • a healthy snack (fruit or sandwich)
  • a bottle with milk or formula (if required).

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

Additional information

Please read our occasional care brochure (PDF 829KB).


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.

Baby Playgroup

A fortnightly playgroup for parents to engage with their babies 12 months and under.

Little Explorers Playgroup

A fun and messy playgroup for children birth to preschool age.

FunSPOT Playgroup

An 8-week targeted playgroup for children from birth to 3 years with developmental concerns. The group is coordinated by our occupational therapist and speech pathologist. Referral necessary.

Come and Connect Playgroup

A weekly playgroup for families who want to strengthen their connection with their children while having fun. The group is supported by our family services coordinator. Referral necessary.

Friday Playgroup

A fun playgroup for children from birth to 5 years who live in the West Torrens council area.

Saturday DAKS (Dads and Kids)

A fun playtime for dad’s, grandads, and male carers with children from birth to 8 years. The group runs once a month on a Saturday at various locations. Bookings are essential. Saturday DAKS is run and supported by our community development coordinator in partnership with Lockleys Children’s Centre.

Additional information

Please refer to the relevant term program on our what's happening page or contact us on 8352 5346 for more information, including how to get a referral if required.

To book into any of these sessions, complete and return our FCP enrolment form (PDF 427KB).