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Learning and care - The Willows 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 term which includes a $10 fundraising fee.

When to pay

We will invoice you via your child's communication pigeon hole and send by email.

Payments are due by the date on your invoice.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty paying.

How to pay

Cash or cheque

You can pay cash 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 red box on the bench in the kitchen and record your name and amount in the day diary.

EFT information

You can pay by direct deposit.

BSB: 085745

Account number: 207583274

Account name: Willow Close Pre School

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.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.30am to 3.15pm 8.30am to 3.15pm 8.30am to 3.15pm  8.30am to 3.15pm 9.00am to 12.00pm

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 (we have Pura Tap water available)
  • healthy snack (fruit or vegetables)
  • healthy 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.

Additional information

Please dress your child in washable play clothes and appropriate footwear (no thongs).

Please apply sunscreen to your child before preschool when the UV rating is 3 or above. We will reapply sunscreen at lunch time. Please read our sun protection policy (PDF 131KB).

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

Fridays, 9.30am to 11.30am

Cost

This program costs $2 per child.

What to bring

  • piece of fruit to share
  • water bottle
  • broad-brimmed, legionnaire or sun-safe hat (without chin straps).

Baby Playgroup

The baby playgroup is for any caregiver with an infant that is wanting to enjoy a coffee and chat in a relaxed and infant safe environment.

Times

Thursdays, 1.30pm to 3pm

Cost

There is no cost involved