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Learning and care - Sturt Street 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 registration of interest form. 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 in term 4 about an orientation session. This will be a 1-hour session where you can ask questions.

Before your child starts preschool you can come to pre-entry transition visits. These will be in term 4 and are a chance for your child to meet our staff and other children.

Fees

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

The parent contribution is $140 per year. You can choose to pay the total amount at the beginning of the year or pay instalments each term.

When to pay

We will invoice you by post.

Payments are due by the due date on the invoice.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty paying.

How to pay

Cash or cheque

You can pay cash or cheque or eftpos at the centre. Please put the payment in a sealed envelope with your child’s full name on the front. Put the envelope in the payments box near the preschool entry door.

EFT information

You can pay by direct deposit.

BSB: 105029

Account number: 067174040

Please put your child’s full name as the reference.

Preschool session times

Your child can attend preschool for up to 15 hours per week on any 2 full days.

Please speak with us about the sessions you would like your child to attend.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.15am to 3.45pm 8.15am to 3.45pm 8.15am to 3.45pm 8.15am to 3.45pm

What to bring

Your child needs to bring these items each day:

  • bag
  • broad-brimmed, legionnaire or sun-safe hat (without chin straps)
  • change of clothes
  • drink bottle containing water
  • healthy snack
  • cooked lunch provided
  • library bag.

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

Our long day care program is open for 50 weeks of the year and is closed for 2 weeks during Christmas and new year. 

Times

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7.45am to 6.00pm 7.45am to 6.00pm 7.45am to 6.00pm 7.45am to 6.00pm 7.45am to 6.00pm

Cost

You may be eligible for the Australian government's childcare subsidy.

Cost before the subsidy is $114 per day.

What to bring

Children need to bring these items:

  • bag
  • broad-brimmed, legionnaire or sun-safe hat (without chin straps)
  • change of clothes
  • drink bottle containing water.

Additional information

You can buy a broad-brimmed hat at the children's centre for $8. 

We encourage and support parents to continue breast feeding and follow the nutritional guidelines for storage and handling of breast milk.

We provide primary care to ensure your child has a special bond with an educator to feel safe and secure.

We provide nutritious and well-balanced food and drinks for your child. We carefully plan food and drinks to make sure they meet the nutritional guidelines.

See our menu example (PDF 585KB).

    Before and after school care

    We offer before and after school care 5 days a week.

    Before school care

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    7.45am to 8.15am 7.45am to 8.15am 7.45am to 8.15am 7.45am to 8.15am 7.45am to 8.15am

    After school care

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    3.45pm to 6.00pm 3.45pm to 6.00pm 3.45pm to 6.00pm 3.45pm to 6.00pm 3.45pm to 6.00pm

    Cost

    You may be eligible for the Australian government's childcare subsidy. Costs before the subsidy:

    • $18 per day for before school care
    • $34 per day for after school care.

    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 have multiple playgroup sessions available that cater for a range of family needs. See the relevant term program on our what's happening page for more information.

    Contact our community development coordinator on 8231 3100 for bookings.