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Learning and care - Hackham West Children's Centre

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

Preschool

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 enrolment registration form (Word 283KB). 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

Before they start preschool your child can come to pre-entry transition visits. These will be in November and will be a chance for your child to meet the staff and other children.

Fees

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

The parent contribution is $75 per term. You can choose to pay the total amount at the beginning of each term or to pay instalments of $7.50 each week.

When to pay

We will invoice you each term via your child's information pocket.

Payments are due by week 4 each term.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty paying.

How to pay

Cash or cheque

You can pay by cash or cheque at the centre.

If our office staff are not available to take payment, please put the payment in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and payment amount on the front. Put it in the fees box located by the over-3's heater (near the entrance).

Envelopes are available on top of the fees box.

EFT information

You can pay by direct deposit.

BSB: 105144

Account number: 042340740

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

Preschool session times

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

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.30am to 1.30pm 8.30am to 1.30pm 8.30am to 1.30pm

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • bag
  • change of clothes
  • drink bottle containing water
  • fruit for morning snack (leave this in their bag)
  • packed lunch (place in the lunch trolley)
  • nappies if required.

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.

Long day care

Long day care is full-day or part-time childcare for babies, toddlers and children under the age of 6. It provides play-based educational care from qualified teachers and/or children’s services professionals using the National Quality Framework

We suggest that you and your child attend our centre for an orientation visit (PDF 36KB) before starting childcare with us. 

Your child may attend full-time, part-time or occasionally.

Times

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7.00am to 6.00pm 7.00am to 6.00pm 7.00am to 6.00pm 7.00am to 6.00pm 7.00am to 6.00pm

Cost

Full day (7.00am to 6.00pm) - $99

Before preschool session (7.00am to 8.30am) - $19

Morning session (7.00am to 1.30pm) - $65

Afternoon session (1.30pm to 6.00pm) - $45

Full week (7.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday) - $475

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • whole piece of fruit to share
  • formula if required.

Additional information

We are registered to receive childcare subsidy. You can claim through Centrelink, who will pay up to 85% of your childcare fees.

See our priority of access procedure (PDF 37KB) and childcare fees (PDF 48KB) for more information.

Playgroup

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.​

Families with a child aged 5 and under are welcome to join others to learn together through play, stories and song.

Times

Saturdays, 10.00am to 11.30am.

Cost

No cost.

What to bring

Please bring:

  • SunSmart hat
  • sunscreen
  • clothes for messy outdoor nature play.

Additional information

Older siblings are welcome.