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Learning and care - Tinyeri 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.

To find out more and enrol your child please contact the centre via phone or pop in for a yarn.

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 September to confirm attendance at an orientation session, usually held in term 4. This will be a 1-hour session where you can ask questions.

Fees

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

The parent contribution is $400 per year. You can choose to pay the total amount at the beginning of the year or pay $100 each term.

When to pay

We will invoice you in term 1 via your child's pigeon hole.

Payments are due by the end of term 1.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty paying.

How to pay

Cash or cheque

You can pay cash, cheque or EFTPOS at the centre reception. 

EFT information

You can pay by direct deposit.

BSB: 065 505

Account number: 00901798

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.

group 1

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9.00am to 3.00pm 9.00am to 3.00pm9.00am to 3.00pm 
odd weeks 

group 2

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9.00am to 3.00pm 9.00am to 3.00pm 9.00am to 3.00pm 
even weeks 

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
  • a piece of fruit
  • packed lunch in a sandwich box (sandwich only or traditional food).

Your fees cover additional snacks provided during the day (morning snack and after-lunch snack).

Kindy t-shirts, jackets and hats are for sale at reception.

Please write your child’s name on all their belongings, including socks and shoes.

What not to bring

Your child should not bring these things:

  • unhealthy food or drink (lollies, chocolate, chips, fizzy drinks)
  • any processed or packaged food items
  • toys from home.

From time to time there may be children attending who have anaphylactic reactions to specific food. We will tell you if this affects what food you can give your child to bring.

Bus service

A bus service is provided for families who qualify.  You will need to chat with the centre director to confirm whether you qualify.

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

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9.00am to 11.45am 
or
12.30pm to 3.15pm 
9.00am to 11.45am 

Children over 2 years old 

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9.00am to 11.45am 
or
12.30pm to 3.15pm 
9.00am to 11.45am 

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
  • a comforter if required.

Please write your child’s name on all their belongings, including socks and shoes.

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.​

Bush hoppers playgroup

Bush hoppers 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.​

Locations may change throughout the term, check our facebook page for details. 

Times

You can attend our bush hoppers playgroup every Tuesday each week of term 1 from 9.30am at the Avoca Dell Reserve. 

What to bring

You need to bring these things:

  • a snack to share 
  • a water bottle 
  • hat
  • walking shoes. 

Additional information

For more details contact us or see our bush hoppers playgroup information.