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Learning and care - Taikurrendi Children and Family 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. 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 3 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 a 1 hour session where you can ask questions and is 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 $240 per year. You can choose to pay the total amount at the beginning of the year or pay $60 each term.

When to pay

We will invoice you by week 3 each term via your child’s information pocket.

Payments are due by the date specified on the invoice.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty paying.

How to pay

Cash or cheque

You can pay cash, cheque or direct bank transfer. If paying by cash or cheque put the payment in a sealed envelope with your child’s full name on the front. Put the envelope in the payments box at the front desk.

EFT information

You can pay by direct deposit.

BSB: 105119

Account number: 056597940

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.

Kookarki

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.30am to 3.00pm 8.30am to 3.00pm 8.30am to 11.30am

Naahla

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.30am to 3.00pm 8.30am to 3.00pm 8.30am to 11.30am

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
  • nappies if required
  • drink bottle containing water
  • healthy snack
  • packed lunch.

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, childcare 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.

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.

Occasional care session times

Children generally can go to 1 session a week.

Children under 2 years old

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.30am to 11.30am 8.30am to 11.30am

Children over 2 years old

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
12.00 noon to 3.00pm 8.30am to 11.30am

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
  • nappies if required
  • drink bottle containing water
  • healthy snack
  • packed lunch.

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

    *1st June 2020 - We wish to advise that our community programs are on hold until further notice.

     

    Play and Move 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.​

    Times

    Mondays from 9.30am to 11:00am.

    Cost

    Gold coin donation.

    What to bring

    Children need to bring a piece of fruit to share for morning tea.

    Additional information

    This playgroup is run by our speech pathologist and occupational therapist.

    See our what's on offer page for more information.

    *1st June 2020 - We wish to advise that our community programs are on hold until further notice.

     

    Nunga Mi: minar playgroup

    Our Nunga playgroup is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mums, aunties, grannies and sisters. It's a great opportunity to meet new families within the community.

    Come and cook, draw, create, and play with your kids.

    Times

    Tuesdays from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

    Cost

    This service is free.

    Additional information

    Lunch is provided and no bookings are required - just come along.

    See our what's on offer page for more information. 

    *1st June 2020 - We wish to advise that our community programs are on hold until further notice.

     

    Baby playgroup

    This playgroup is a time for mothers and their babies who are not yet walking. You can enjoy spending quality time with your child while making fun, special memories together.

    You will also have the opportunity to meet and socialise with other mums and grow your confidence.

    Times

    Thursdays from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

    Cost

    Gold coin donation.

    What to bring

    You will need to bring a piece of fruit to share for morning tea.

    Additional information

    This playgroup is run by our speech pathologist.

    No bookings are required - just come along.

    See our what's on offer page for more information.