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|
9am to 3pm
|$625 per term|
|Mondays and Wednesdays
8.30am to 4pm
|$735 per term|
|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 were increased by $100 per term per program for 2019.
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.
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 and Early Start Kindergarten are not required to pay the levy but are to participate in working bees or provide other voluntary services to the kindergarten, if possible.
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.
Government Funding and Concessions
Kindergarten Fee Subsidy
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 4-year-old 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.
Early Start Kindergarten
Early Start Kindergarten provides free or low cost kindergarten to eligible 3-year-old children where programs are offered by a qualified teacher. You can apply to this program by contacting the pre-school or City of Boroondara’s Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme (BKCES) and asking to access Early Start Kindergarten.
Applications for Early Start Kindergarten funding are made by the service on your behalf and the grant is paid directly to the service. More information can be found here: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/childhood/providers/comms/whatisearlystartkinder.pdf
Child Care Subsidy
West Hawthorn Pre-school is not an eligible service for the Child Care Subsidy and this does not apply.
More information on Government Funding for kindergarten can be found here: https://services.dhhs.vic.gov.au/kindergarten