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What we offer - Minlaton District 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.

Children attend for 5 days over 2 weeks. They attend 2 days in odd weeks and 3 days in even weeks. Week 1 of every term begins with a 2-day week.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.45am to 2.45pm
alternate weeks
8.45am to 2.45pm 8.45am to 2.45pm

Fees

The parent contribution is $320 per year. See our enrolment and fees page for more information.

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • large bag to fit all their belongings
  • change of clothes
  • drink bottle containing water
  • healthy snack in a snack box
  • packed lunch in a separate container
  • message pocket (this will be provided at the beginning of the year).

Children should wear old clothes with easy fastening so they can get dirty and go to the toilet by themselves. Clothing must be sun-smart and cover children's shoulders. Shoes should be suitable for running and climbing.

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 wide-brimmed kindy logo hat when they are enrolled)
  • 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

Minlaton District School provides a bus service for children living outside of Minlaton and in surrounding towns. Please speak with the school for a bus approval form. See our bus travel procedure (PDF 59KB) for more information.

Additional information

Children's unnamed belongings will be placed in the lost property box near the entrance. Please check this often. At the end of each term, unclaimed items will be given to charity.

Your child can learn to save money with Bank SA. On Tuesday mornings, bank staff collect bank books from the kindy and deposit children's money into their bank accounts.

Please read our drop-off and pick-up procedure (PDF 10KB).

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.

Times

Children generally can go to 1 session a week.

Children under 2 years old

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.45am to 11.30am

Children over 2 years old

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.45am to 11.30am
or
12.30pm to 3.00pm

Cost

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:

  • bag
  • change of clothes
  • broad brimmed hat
  • drink bottle containing water
  • healthy snack
  • nappies and wipes if required.

Children's clothing must be sun-smart and cover their shoulders. Sunscreen should be applied at home before they arrive. In cold weather children should be dressed in warm clothing for outside play. We can order a hat with your child's name embroidered on it.

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, juice or flavoured drinks).

Additional information

If your child cannot attend a booked occasional care session a cancellation needs to be made. We have an answering machine so you can call anytime of the day or night to let us know of your cancellation. This allows us to then contact other families who may be on the waiting list.

If you do not advise us of your cancellation your full booking rate will be charged. See our occasional care acknowledgement (PDF 56KB) for more information.

Playgroup

Our parent and caregiver supported playgroup is run every week. It is an informal session where mums, dads, grandparents, caregivers, children and babies meet in a relaxed environment and spend time learning together. Activities include music and singing, imaginative play, outdoor and free play, art and craft and outings.

Parents and caregivers are responsible for the supervision and activities of their child. We ask that you clean up at the end of the session.

No child is too young for playgroup. All children from 0–5 years old are welcome.

Times

Playgroup is on Monday morning, 9.30am to 11.30am.

Cost

This program costs $1 per child over 1 year old and is payable on arrival at each session.

A Playgroup SA membership is also required which includes personal insurance cover and discounts. New members can attend playgroup for 2 weeks as a trial before they are required to pay the membership fee. See Playgroup SA to become a member.

What to bring

Children need to bring:

  • bag
  • change of clothes
  • drink bottle containing water
  • healthy snack
  • nappies and wipes if required.