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Learning and care - Trinity Gardens Children's Centre

We offer a number of programs and services to support your child’s early years learning.

Preschool

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 the guardianship of the minister 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 in term 4 about a parent information evening. This will be a 1-hour session 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 $760 per year. You can choose to pay the total amount at the beginning of the year or pay $190 each term.

We offer other programs that may have additional costs.

When to pay

We will invoice you in term 1 via your communication pocket.

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 School Office. If paying by cash or cheque, please put the payment in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on the front. Please hand the envelope to us at our office.

EFT information

You can pay by direct deposit using BPOINT or Qkr.

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.

Blue

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.30am to 4.00pm 8.30am to 4.00pm

Gold

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.30am to 4.00pm 8.30am to 4.00pm

What to bring

Children need to bring these items each day:

  • bag
  • hat
  • change of clothes
  • 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, 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.

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
or
12.15pm to 3.15pm

Children over 2 years old

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.30am to 11.30am 8.30am to 11.30am
or
12.15pm to 3.15pm

What to bring

Children need to bring these items:

  • bag
  • hat
  • change of clothes
  • nappies if required
  • drink bottle containing water
  • healthy snack.

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

 

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 to cater for a range of family needs.

See the relevant term program on our what's happening page for more information.