Programs

We provide one 3-year-old program and two 4-year-old programs. There are 22 places in each program. The educator to child ratio of 1:11 is in line with the Education and Care Services National Regulations.

Our teachers use both intentional strategies and emergent curriculum in their plans and programming.  We provide a play based curriculum based on the Early Years Learning Framework and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

Each child’s learning journey is documented and the sessions are carefully planned to meet the needs of individual children while also catering for the whole group.

       

Session Times & Fees

Group Days and Times 2019 Fees
Joeys
3-Year-Old Group
Fridays
9am to 3pm
$625 per term
Grey Kangaroos
4-Year-Old Group
Mondays and Wednesdays
8.30am to 4pm
$735 per term
Red Kangaroos
4-Year-Old Group
Tuesdays and Thursdays
8.30am to 4pm
$735 per term

Please note that not all service costs are covered by the Department of Education per capita funding. Fees for the 2019 year have been reviewed and approved by our Committee.  To support the excellent educational program led by our experienced Teachers,  including our two Exemplary Teachers in both our 4-year-old groups, fees have been increased by $100 per term per program.

To alleviate pressure on families to fundraise in order to meet the shortfall, a fundraising levy ($100) was added into the term fee in 2016.  Additional fundraising is still undertaken to pay for extra items for the Pre-school. While participation in fundraising is voluntary, the support of every family is encouraged. Fundraising activities are also an opportunity for families and communities to come together.

Fees are also inclusive of all excursions and incursions (approximately $80-$100 per child) which form part of our teaching program.

Please note fees may be subject to change.  Please see our Fee Policy for more information.

Maintenance Levy

We rely on parents to contribute some of their time and energy to help run the kinder or to participate in working bees.

A $200 Maintenance Levy is charged with the Term 1 fee / security deposit. The levy is charged per family (i.e. if you have more than one child attending in a calendar year you will only be charged one levy.) Families qualify for a reimbursement of this levy in Term 4 if they have:

  • attended two working bees for 2 hours at a time
  • looked after the guinea pigs in the holidays
  • watered the plants in the holidays
  • been a committee member
  • other volunteer equitable contribution

There are some tasks (eg. book covering), which can be done after hours at home.

Families eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy are not required to pay the levy but are to participate in working bees or provide other voluntary services to the kindergarten, if possible.

AGM Levy

Attendance at our November Annual General Meeting (AGM) of parents/guardians is strongly encouraged. A $50 levy is payable with the Term 1 fee / security depositt. The AGM Levy is refunded for families who attended the previous AGM or who have provided a reasonable apology ahead of the meeting.

Child Care Benefit – now Child Care Subsidy

For 2018 families – WHPS is an ‘Approved’ centre (as opposed to ‘Registered’). Eligible parents can make a claim for the old Child Care Benefit (CCB) rebate against paid kindergarten fees for attendance up to 1st July 2018. If you are eligible for the CCB rebate you can claim this directly from Centrelink’s Family Assistance Office after the fees have been paid in full. You can only claim fees that have been paid up until 1st July 2018, though you have 12 months (up to 1st July 2019) after the fees were paid to make the claim.

To request receipts for the CCB please contact the kindergarten. Parents are responsible for determining eligibility and for making CCB claims. WHPS does not manage CCB claims through fee reductions (as is the practice in some childcare centres.) Please find further information through the Department of Human Services website.

For 2019 families – Please note that Department of Human Services has ceased the CCB after 1st July 2018 and has introduced the Child Care Subsidy – which does not apply to our service.

Government Funding for 4-year-old Kindergarten

The Victorian Government provides funding to support children to access a high quality kindergarten program in the year before they start school. The funding is a contribution towards meeting the cost of the kindergarten program and is directly provided to the service.

Your child can only be funded for a kindergarten place at one service at any one time and only for one year, unless your child is assessed as being eligible for a second funded year by your child’s kindergarten teacher.  This is a difficult process and only for children who are assessed as having two areas of developmental delay.  See for more information: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/child-care-kindergarten/Pages/kindergarten-second-year.aspx

In the year your child is enrolled to attend our kindergarten program, West Hawthorn Pre-school will be claiming funding for your child on your behalf.  If your child will be attending another children’s service that offers a funded kindergarten program, you must tell the other service(s) that West Hawthorn Pre-school will be claiming the government funding for your child.