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Learning and care - Kalaya Children's Centre

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

Preschool

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.

Priority will also be given if:

  • your child is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • you have other children attending the centre
  • your child attends childcare at the centre.

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 encourage all families wishing to enrol their child to visit us so we can show you around and explain our services, routines and policies. You will have the chance to ask questions and meet the staff.

Before your child starts you are invited to come and visit the centre with them.

Fees

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

The parent contribution is $100 per term, and the lunch care program is $5 per day.

You may be eligible for the child care subsidy for the lunch care program.

When to pay

You will receive invoices via your pigeon hole or by email.

Parent contribution payments are due by week 4 of each term.

Lunch care payments are due each week.

Please contact us if you have difficulty paying.

How to pay

Cash, EFTPOS or Centrepay

You can pay by cash, EFTPOS or Centrepay at the reception desk.

EFT information

You can pay by direct deposit.

BSB: 065118

Account number: 00904630

Please put the account holder's name in the notes as the reference.

Preschool session times

Your child can attend preschool for up to 15 hours (5 sessions) per week.

They can attend full days (full days are 2 sessions) or half days (half days are 1 session). Please speak with us about the sessions you would like your child to attend.

Morning session

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9.00am to 12 noon 9.00am to 12 noon 9.00am to 12 noon 9.00am to 12 noon 9.00am to 12 noon

Lunch care

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
12 noon to 1.00pm 12 noon to 1.00pm 12 noon to 1.00pm 12 noon to 1.00pm 12 noon to 1.00pm

Afternoon session

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1.00pm to 4.00pm 1.00pm to 4.00pm 1.00pm to 4.00pm 1.00pm to 4.00pm 1.00pm to 4.00pm

Lunch care is not part of a session.

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • named bag
  • a complete change of clothes.

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

What not to bring

Children should not bring these things:

  • hat (we will give your child a hat, which stays at the centre)
  • food (we will supply your child with snacks)
  • toys from home.

If your child has an interesting item to share with us, please let us know.

Bus service

We provide a bus service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. Please speak with us if you need this service.

Additional information

Please read our arrival and departure procedure (PDF 62KB).

If your child attends a full day or combines a preschool session with childcare, they will be supplied with lunch prepared by our cook.

Before and after kindy care

We can care for your child before and after kindy.

Times

Before kindy care

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7.00am to 9.00am 7.00am to 9.00am 7.00am to 9.00am 7.00am to 9.00am 7.00am to 9.00am

After kindy care

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
4.00pm to 6.00pm 4.00pm to 6.00pm 4.00pm to 6.00pm 4.00pm to 6.00pm 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Cost

This program costs $14.55 per session (or $29.10 for both before and after care).

You may be eligible for the child care subsidy for this program.

Long day care

Long day care is full-day or part-time child care 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

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

We are closed on public holidays and over a 2-week Christmas New Year period.

Cost

This program costs $80 for a full day.

You may be eligible for the child care subsidy.

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • named bag
  • a complete change of clothes
  • enough nappies to last the day, plus extras for emergencies (if required)
  • milk bottles, labelled and with sufficient formula or breast milk (if required)
  • comforters (if required).

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

Playground road show

Our playground road show is for families with children aged 1 to 5 years. It is a chance to meet other families and explore the different outdoor environments and playgrounds in the western suburbs.

Times

Run during school terms, we meet at the centre on Mondays at 10.00am, hop on the Kalaya bus and return between 12 noon and 12.30pm.

Cost

This is a free activity.

What to bring

Please bring for your child:

  • hat
  • snacks
  • lunch
  • drink bottle containing water
  • full change of clothes (including underwear)
  • towel
  • plastic bag for wet and dirty clothes.

On cold and wet days it is recommended you bring:

  • rubber boots for mud play
  • waterproof pants
  • raincoat.

Sunscreen is recommended when the UV rating is above 3.