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Learning and care - Port Pirie 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

We will contact you about an orientation session. This will be a 1-hour session in term 4 where you can ask questions.

Before they start preschool your child can come to pre-entry transition visits. These will be in term 4 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 $280 per year. You can choose to pay the total amount at the beginning of the year or to pay instalments of $70 each term.

When to pay

We will invoice you by week 3 via your child's news pocket, which is located in the foyer.

Payments are due by week 5.

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 correct money in a sealed envelope with your child's name on the front and put the envelope in our fees box (envelopes are next to the fees box).

EFT information

You can pay by direct deposit.

BSB: 065509

Account number: 10217694

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

Preschool session times

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

They will attend:

  • 2 days per week in terms 1 and 2
  • 3 days per week in terms 3 and 4.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9.00am to 3.00pm 9.00am to 3.00pm 9.00am to 3.00pm 9.00am to 3.00pm

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • bag
  • change of clothes
  • SunSmart hat with no cord (left on the hat rack)
  • drink bottle containing water only
  • healthy packed lunch, such as a sandwich, roll or wrap.

Read what clothes and hat style (PDF 72KB) your child should wear.

Please put sunscreen on your child before arriving and we will help your child to re-apply.

A list of healthy lunch ideas is included in your enrolment pack, and we have a healthy recipe folder for you to look through. You are welcome to take a copy of any recipes you'd like to try.

Please write your child’s name on all their belongings, and check our lost property box often.

What not to bring

Children should not bring these things:

  • food containing nuts including muesli bars (some children have nut allergies that can be dangerous)
  • unhealthy food (chips, lollies, chocolate, chocolate chip cookies)
  • unhealthy drinks (soft drinks and juice)
  • toys from home, unless it is a special treasure they wish to share with us.

You don't need to pack your child any snacks. We will offer them fruit, cereal, bread and milk.

Additional information

We often need extra items for children's making activities. See what you can bring in and how you can be involved (PDF 32KB)

Please let us know if your child will be absent and the reason. This is very important if they have a contagious illness such as chicken pox, whooping cough, mumps, skin complaints or head lice.

Dental services are available to preschool children through the school dental service.

To respect the rights of all families, we ask that you do not take photos or video of any children (other than your own).

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.

We welcome you and your family to our supported playgroup. We offer experiences for children aged birth to 5 years, and we also have lots of ideas for you to try at home.

Times

Wednesday, 10.00am until 11.30am during term time.

Cost

Free.

What to bring

If required, please bring nappies and a change of clothes for your child.

We supply fruit, milk and water.

Additional information

If you are unable to attend playgroup due to a lack of transport, we may be able to provide you with a free taxi. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

We may offer additional playgroups each term such as twins or baby playgroup, depending on the needs of families.

Special playgroup events are regularly posted on our Facebook page.