Our Kindergartens

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

We want kindergarten to be as smooth and as easy as possible so we have listed our most often asked questions from parents.

 

When is my child eligible for kindergarten?

Four year old programs

Your child must turn four before the 30th April in the year your child is to attend kindergarten. If your child turns four shortly before this date and you are unsure when to send your child to kindergarten, talk to the kindergarten teacher at your preferred kindergarten.

 

Three year old programs

Your child is eligible for three year old kindergarten if they turn three before the 30th April, however your child must have turned three before they can attend kindergarten.

It is recommended that children be three by the start of Term 1 in the year they are to attend kindergarten. Children who are eligible to attend kindergarten at the beginning of Term 1 will be given priority when allocating kindergarten places.

 

How do I decide which kindergarten my child should attend?

There is a difference in the programs offered at each kindergarten. Each kindergarten is unique and each teacher offers their own program (within the Children’s Services Guidelines). The Open days are a great way to make a decision about which kindergarten would best suit your child. They provide parents/guardians with the opportunity to see each kindergarten, hear how each program is run, meet the teachers and ask any questions that you may have in order to make an informed decision about kindergarten.

 

Can I visit kindergartens while a session is on?

Open days are held at each kindergarten at the commencement of the enrolment period. You and your child are encouraged to visit the kindergartens you are interested in having your child attend. If you cannot make the open days, you are welcome to attend at other times, however please be aware that teachers have a duty of care to the children attending each session so please phone the kindergarten first to make an allocated time to ensure the teacher is available to speak with you.

 

What is Universal Access and what does it mean for my child?

Universal Access is an Australian Government commitment to provide access to a quality kindergarten program for all children by 2013 for 15 hours a week in the year before starting school. This has been gradually phased in and in 2015, all Kindergartens are offering 15 hours.

See site specific information for further details of hours of program delivered at each location.

 

When should I register my child?

NERPSA has an open enrolment period from mid May to end July for the following year.

 

How do I register my child?

An Enrolment Applicaton Form needs to be filled out and submitted to NERPSA to register your child. You will receive a letter confirming your details and first preference at a later date. Please see the enrolment timeline for further information.

 

How are children matched with places?

NERPSA has put in place priority of access guidelines as part of the enrolment policy. This outlines how kindergarten places are allocated if there are not enough places available for children wishing to attend a kindergarten. Below outlines the priorities for the funded kindergarten program (4 year old) in the policy:

First priority

Children who have received funding for a second year of kindergarten for DET.

Children who were eligible to attend kindergarten in the previous year but deferred.

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children or children known to Child Protection.

Children who hold an eligible concession card.

Second priority

Children who have a sibling that has previously attended the same kindergarten as their preference.

Third priority

Ballot

 

When will I know if my child has been accepted to my preferred kindergarten?

All kindergarten offers are posted out in August of the year prior to the kindergarten year. The letter of offer will be accompanied by an Acceptance Form, a Contract for Payment and an invoice for Term 1 fees. Completed forms are to be returned to NERPSA and payment made into the NERPSA bank account by the specified date to secure your child’s kindergarten place.

If you do not receive your first choice of kindergarten, you can accept an offer of lower preference or choose to be placed on a waiting list at your preferred kindergarten. Any vacancies that arise will be offered to children based on priority of access.

 

When will I know which group my child is in?

If your child has been offered a place at a Kindergarten which has multiple groups, the group placements are done by the individual Kindergartens after all acceptances have been received. The Kindergartens will notify you individually of the group placements by the end of October.

 

Why do I have to pay Term 1 fees at enrolment time?

A fee payment is required to assist us with the planning of kindergarten programs as it shows you are committed to the place offered. If you are eligible for the fee subsidy a payment is not required. However, NERPSA needs to site your concession details in order to secure your child’s place. Please bring it in to the NERPSA office with you when you return your Acceptance Form or forward a copy by mail.

Please note: In cases of severe hardship being demonstrated, please call and discuss your situation personally with our administration staff.

 

What is the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy?

The kindergarten fee subsidy exists to make funded kindergarten (4 year old program) affordable for families who hold an eligible concession or visa. As a concession or visa holder you are entitled to subsidised fees in the four year old program only. In 2017, it is anticipated that there will be no fee payment required. You can access the kindergarten fee subsidy by presenting your concession card or visa to the NERPSA office when fees are issued for Term 1 and upon card expiry.

 

What are the eligible concessions for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy?

If you hold any of the following you are entitled to the fee subsidy:

Commonwealth Health Care card

Pensioner Concession card

Department Veteran’s Affairs Gold card

Temporary Protection/Humanitarian Visas 447, 451, 785 or 786

Asylum-seeker Bridging Visas A-F

Refugee or Special Humanitarian Visas 200-217

Child is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent

Child is a triplet or quadruplet

 

Can I use my concession card for three year old kindergarten?

No. There are currently no subsidies available for the three year old program. Three year old kindergarten attracts no government funding and is fee for service, that is, fees need to be paid to meet the costs of running the program, paying staff and operational costs.

 

What are the fees in 2017?

Three year old programs within a 4 year old program are $170.

Three year old programs at The Hub are $185.

Four year old programs range from $245 – $280.

 

When am I required to pay fees?

Fees for all kindergartens are to be paid to NERPSA. Term fees are payable before the term begins. Fees will be invoiced, four weeks before the end of each term for the following term. There are four terms in a year.

 

What happens if I do not pay my fees?

If fees are not paid by due dates, your child may be unable to attend kindergarten. This is unpleasant for all and we encourage you to keep your payments up to date to ensure your child’s eligibility.

Please note: If a family has outstanding fee payments, children will not be offered a kindergarten place for future enrolments until all debts are paid.

 

Is a Child Care Benefit available?

Some NERPSA kindergartens are registered care providers and eligible families paying full fees can claim the Child Care Benefit for the three and four year old programs. As eligibility is specific to each family situation, it is recommended that you contact the Family Assistance Office to determine your eligibility. Claims can only be made after fees have been paid in full. A Child Care Benefit receipt will be issued on request to families by the treasurers at each kindergarten. Please contact NERPSA for more information.

 

Are there expected to be Kindergarten closures throughout the year?

There may be sessions lost throughout the year due to public holidays, professional development and staff illness.

In the case of staff illness, a kindergarten will only be closed when suitably qualified emergency staff cannot be found at short notice. A phone tree is established at each kindergarten and you may receive a call on any kindergarten day. Please have a backup plan in place should this occur.

Kindergartens will close for one day each year, usually in Term 3 for a professional development day run by NERPSA, with a minimum of one months notice being given. Where possible kindergarten closures are kept to a minimum for each kindergarten program.

 

Office hours

NERPSA office hours are 11am to 3pm Monday to Friday with other hours by appointment. However the office may be unattended due to meetings, site visits or events from time to time.

 

Other issues

If unsure about any part of this process, you are welcome to ring Leigh on 5721 2755.