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Learning and care - Pennington 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

If your child has not attended our occasional care program, we will invite you to visit in term 4 for information sessions. These are a great opportunity to meet staff and learn about our centre.

Fees

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

The parent contribution is $480 per year. You can choose to pay the total amount at the beginning of the year or pay instalments of $120 each term.

Please talk to us if you'd like to set up an alternative payment plan for the term.

When to pay

We will send an invoice to your home or email address each term.

Payments are due by week 4 each term.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty paying.

How to pay

Cash, cheque or Centrepay

You can pay cash or cheque at the kindy. Please put the payment in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on the front. Put the envelope in the payments box at the front reception desk.

You can also pay by Centrepay. Forms are available from us.

EFT information

You can pay by direct deposit.

BSB: 065128

Account number: 10037330

Please put your child’s name in the notes as the reference and let us know once paid.

Preschool session times

Your child can attend preschool for 30 hours per fortnight.

Group A

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.45am to 3.00pm 8.45am to 3.00pm 8.45am to 3.00pm
odd weeks

Group B

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.45am to 3.00pm 
even weeks
8.45am to 3.00pm 8.45am to 3.00pm

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • small bag or backpack
  • hat that covers ears, face and neck (no caps)
  • change of clothes, including underwear and socks
  • drink bottle containing water only
  • healthy fruit or vegetable snack
  • packed lunch
  • nappies and wipes 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.

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 and session availability. 

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 these items:

  • small bag or backpack
  • hat that covers ears, face and neck (no caps)
  • change of clothes, including underwear and socks
  • drink bottle containing water only
  • healthy fruit or vegetable snack
  • nappies and wipes if required.

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

Playgroup

Our playgroup allows children from birth to 5 years old, and their families, to play and learn together in our community space.

Times

Mondays 9.30am to 11.00am (school term only).

Cost

This program is free.

What to bring

Please bring these items:

  • hat that covers ears, face and neck (no caps)
  • drink bottle containing water only
  • nappies and wipes if required.