Q.1 When is the Early Learning Centre open?
The Centre is open from 7.00am – 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.
It operates for 48 weeks during each year.
Q.2 Is the Centre open during school holidays?
Yes, except during the Christmas/summer holiday period where the centre closes for four weeks. Please contact the College for specific dates.
Q.3 What are the ages of children at the Centre?
We cater for children up to 5 years old.
Q.4 How much are the fees?
The Early Learning Centre is committed to affordable fees for families.
The fees are:
Children aged 0-3 years $75.00 per day
Children aged 3-4 years $70.00 per day
Fees are charged on a daily basis whether your child attends full or part time.
Fees are charged for all Public Holidays (except the Christmas period)
Fees can be paid at reception via cash, eftpos, credit card or cheque. Another payment option is Centrepay via a family’s Centrelink payment.
Please note if a child does not attend on their first or last day of enrolment the full daily fee will apply to those days.
Q.5 Can families get government rebates and benefits to help pay their fees?
Yes, if you meet the requirements set out by the Australian government. For example Child Care Benefit (CCB) is a payment from the government that helps you with the cost of child care.
To learn more click on this link http://www.mychild.gov.au. You may also be eligible for other government help. Please contact our staff. They will be happy to help you with these matters.
Q.6 Do you have kindergarten for 3 and 4-year-olds?
We have a kindergarten teacher in each room, working with other qualified educators to deliver our high quality early learning program to all children at the Centre.
We do not distinguish between kindergarten and early learning. Instead we offer a high quality education program to all children, regardless of their age.
The early learning program is designed to meet the needs of each age group. Our 3 and 4-year-old children receive a program that is also tailored to prepare them for school.
Q.7 What is the difference between childcare and early learning?
Childcare is a term that suggests children are simply being cared for. Early learning is more than that. It is care plus education.
Early learning is a service where children are involved in a wide range of fun activities, where highly trained educators provide a caring and stimulating environment to help children thrive and develop a love of learning.
Q.8 Why is early learning important?
Scientific research into brain development shows the first five years of a child’s life are the most important for a child’s development. The research clearly shows that a child’s success at school is set in the first few years of life and that a high-quality early learning environment can prevent learning difficulties at school.
Q.9 How do I enrol my child?
Please see the How To Enrol section of our website.