Enrolment & Fees
Waitlist and forms
Children's names can be registered on a waiting list from birth using the above Wait List Form accompanied by a non-refundable fee. A receipt will be issued and should be kept as your record of registration. The Preschool must be notified in writing or email of any changes to the details given on the waitlist form. This includes change of address and personal details.
Mid-year, the Director offers placements for the following year. To be eligible, a child needs to turn three years of age prior to the start of the Preschool year and toilet trained.
In determining allocation of places, the Director will consider the waitlist applicants, applying priority of access requirements as outlined in the Preschool’s Enrolment Policy, then exercise discretion in the allocation of remaining places.
Two or Three day positions will be offered, with children accepted into the three-day program going to school in the following year. The three-day program runs from Monday to Wednesday, while the two-day program operates on Thursday and Friday . A letter of offer will be forwarded to the address provided on the waitlist form.
To secure the position parents need to understand and sign the Acceptance and Acknowledgement section of the letter and return it together with the Acceptance Fee by the due date indicated in the letter of offer. Upon receipt of the Acceptance Fee and Acknowledgement Slip, an Enrolment pack will be forwarded for you. Please complete and return all required documentation by the due date. An Orientation is held in November when your child can explore the Preschool in the security of your presence.
FEE & FEE STRUCTURE
Fees are adjusted annually, or when necessary. Fees for 2019 are $83 per day for the 9:00am-3:00pm program and $105 for the 8am-4pm extended hours program. Fees are invoiced fortnightly and paid via a direct debit facility from your nominated bank account or credit card. Invoices and receipts are distributed via email.
The Preschool operates 48 weeks per year as an extended hours Preschool under the Federal system and those eligible will be able to claim the ChildCare Subsidy (CSS).
The Waitlist Fee is $55 and is non-refundable.
Orientation mornings for children who are commencing at Willoughby Community Preschool the following year are scheduled for the second week in November. The Director will welcome families and hand to them an Orientation pack. Morning tea will be prepared and served by parents with children currently enrolled at the Preschool who will be happy to impart their experience and knowledge in informal conversations. The children will be served a separate morning tea in an area away from hot refreshments in line with the Preschool’s Work, Health and Safety Policy.
At the Orientation morning, educators will greet and welcome families after 9:30am, invite children to engage in a variety of experiences and assist parents meet others and answer questions as they arise. Educators will take photographs of the children which will be displayed in the foyer to welcome them on their first day of Preschool.
The intake on the first day of Preschool is staggered to facilitate a smoother introduction to the Preschool environment. An educator personally greets each family in the foyer and guides them through the Preschool environment. Key communication methods and procedures are explained such as: notice boards, communication pockets, electronic sign-in/out, the child’s locker and lunch placement. The family is then escorted to their classroom where they will be introduced to the class educators.
During the first few weeks of the year, and upon request thereafter, educators will make themselves available to answer any questions families may have and if required, will provide feedback on the child’s settling in progress.