The Department of Education and Communities provides funding under the ‘Start Strong’ program, which enables us to offer reduced fees to children in their year prior to school and families on lower incomes. In line with this the Preschool aims to keep fees as affordable as possible whilst still maintaining our high quality standards and our higher staff to child ratios.
Prior to children’s commencement, the following fees are payable:
- Bond: A bond (equivalent to two weeks’ fees) is paid upon enrolment, which is then held in reserve for payment against the last two weeks of a child’s attendance. This amount will be applied to fees at the conclusion of a child’s attendance, as long as 2 weeks notice of cancellation is given and all other conditions of enrolment are met.
- Association Membership: This is incorporated in the administration fee. At least one parent is required to join the Association.
- Administration Fee: This is a ‘one off’ annual payment to cover administration costs e.g. newsletters, Enrolment forms, Credit card transactions etc. It also includes all of the children’s extra curricular activities e.g. shows, parent gifts for mother and fathers day and Christmas celebration night, Orientation bag and the Parent Information Book.
Further Reduced Fees
Further reduced fees may apply to families on lower incomes. Please contact the Director or Association Clerk for further information. When reduced fees are approved, a reduction of the amount of the bond also applies.
When how are fees payable?
The preferred method of fee payment is by EFT and parents will be given the banking details on commencement. Fees can also be paid by credit card on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays only from 8.30am until 10.30am. Cash payments can also be made any time (envelopes are in the foyer). **The cash fees box is closed on Mondays and Thursdays as the Association Clerk is not here to receipt the payments. When paying Preschool fees in cash, no change can be given. If parents do not have the correct money, the balance will be credited to their fee account.
Other information regarding fees
Fees must be paid irrespective of a child’s attendance or non-attendance through illness, additional holiday’s (outside school holidays) or otherwise.
Fees are not payable for Public Holidays or School Holiday periods.
Fee payments can be made weekly, fortnightly, monthly or by the term, however payments must be made in advance not in arrears.
Any parent whose fee account is in arrears risks their child’s placement being cancelled. Arrears of 4 weeks without arrangement with the Director will result in immediate cancellation of a child’s place at Preschool.
If at any time parents are finding the payment of Preschool fees difficult to meet, please discuss this with the Director who may be able to assist you.
The Preschool closes promptly at 3.30pm. If you are late collecting your child a heavy late fee will apply. The Preschool is not licensed for children after this time.
Two ‘school-term weeks’ written notice is required of intention to withdraw a child from the Preschool to allow time for a new child to commence. Special conditions in regard to cancellation of a placement apply to the final term of the Preschool year. Please see the Director for further information.