Operating Information

AGE

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Children can commence any time up to 3 years of age (3 ½ at the latest). Children are rarely permitted entry into a Montessori school after turning 4 years of age.

OPERATING TIMES & HOLIDAYS

Our licensed hours are from 7.30am – 5.30pm daily (Preschool opens at 8am)

The centre operates for 52 weeks per year, but closes on Public Holidays, Staff Inservice days =3 days/yr (see Pupil Free Days), Special events at Christmas & Easter =2 days/yr. Fees apply to these days including parent holidays and sick days.
In order to keep school fees to a minimum there are no discounts provided for time when children are away on holidays.

ATTENDANCE:

A minimum of 3 days per week for Preschool
A minimum of 2 days per week for Kinderhaus & Nursery

ENROLMENT FEES: 

Payable 4 weeks in advance at the rate of (including public holidays):

$_______________  per day  (Call office for exact amounts)
Children’s bookings can only be accepted on receipt of an enrolment form duly signed by parent or guardian, and accompanied by the listing fee.

OTHER FEES

  1. There is an annual $110 Activity fee which covers shows/activities that come to the centre.
  2. NSW MONTESSORI MEMBERSHIP = $_______________
    *At present we do not apply this fee, but we retain the right to renew this membership at the centre’s discretion

 

DISCOUNTS

A discount applies while more than 1 child is in attendance at the centre. This discount applies to the fees of the 2nd child, and varies depending on their enrolment status. See the following schedule:

If the 2nd Child Is In The O-3 Centre:

  • 8% discount applies if the 2nd child is booked in for 2 days per week.
  • 10% discount applies if the 2nd child is booked in for 3 days per week.
  • 12% discount applies if the 2nd child is booked in for 4 days per week.
  • 15% discount applies if the 2nd child is booked in for 5 days per week.

If The 2nd Child Is In The 3-6 Centre: As above for 3,4, & 5 days

CHILD CARE BENEFITS

Families who attend our centre are eligible to apply for Child Care Benefit and the Tax Rebate. Please see your Family Assistance office BEFORE your child attends care. They will assess your income and inform the school of the percentage that they will pay toward your fees. Calculations and adjustments are made AFTER a child commences.

WITHDRAWAL

One full school months’ notice in writing is required when withdrawing children from the centre. Fees are charged for this month.
(Please note: Child Care Benefit cannot be claimed for any period that a child does not attend the centre. Thus if a child does not attend during the period that notice has been given, then full fees will need to be paid).

LUNCH BHM-lunch

Lunch is brought in from home (and put into the fridge), to ensure children are able to have foods that they enjoy and are not allergic to, this also allows parents to know exactly what the child has eaten at lunch (all food not eaten is sent home).

  • FRUIT: Each child brings in a piece of fruit each day for the classroom fruit basket.  This is cut and used for play lunch and afternoon tea.
  • MILK: The centre provides milk (cows) for afternoon tea.
  • WATER: Children have access to water at all times.

SLEEP/RESTING

Long Day Care children attending the centre are encouraged to sleep/rest during the day. However, no child will be forced to sleep. The length of time a child sleeps/rests is individual and dependent on their needs. Children who do not sleep/rest will be able to do quiet indoor activities.

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