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Learning and care - Gawler & Dist College B-12 Chn Ctr

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


We invite you to join the governing council, which meets twice a term to make sure the centre runs smoothly. Read through what a governing council does 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 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 send out the first round of enrolment offers at the start of term 3. These offers are made to children who live within our local catchment area. A second round of enrolment offers takes place later in term 3 and includes children who do not live within our catchment area. If you receive an offer for your child, we will invite you to an enrolment meeting towards the end of term 3.


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

The parent contribution is $480 per year. You can choose to pay the total amount at the beginning of the year or to pay instalments of $120 each term. You are welcome to discuss payment options with us.

When to pay

We will invoice you by week 2 of each term.

Payments are due within 1 week.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty paying.

How to pay

Cash or EFTPOS

You can pay cash or via EFTPOS at our reception desk. For cash payments, please put the money in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on the front and put the envelope in our payments box.

EFT information

You can pay by direct deposit.

BSB: 085599

Account number: 508090473

Please put your child’s name in the notes as the reference.


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

Red group

8.30am to 3.10pm8.30am to 3.10pm8.30am to 11.50am odd weeks in term 1, even weeks in terms 2, 3, 4

Blue group

8.30am to 11.50am even weeks in term 1, odd weeks in terms 2, 3, 48.30am to 3.10pm8.30am to 3.10pm

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • bag
  • 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.

Additional information

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

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 week.

Children under 2 years old

8.30am to 11.30am8.30am to 11.30am

Children over 2 years old

8.30am to 11.30am
12 noon to 3.00pm


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
  • hat
  • change of clothes
  • nappies and nappy changing items if required
  • baby bottle containing milk if required
  • drink bottle containing water
  • healthy snack.