FAQ

How sick is sick?

Like adults, children sometimes wake in the morning wising they could have a day off from the usual routine. Sometimes, again like adults by the time breakfast is over, they are feeling better and are ready to face the day’s activities.

However on occasions, children should stay at home, in their own interest and the interest of the other children.Feverish woman

You should keep your child home if he/she:

  • Has a high temperature in the morning, or feels feverish (if you had to give them Panadol)
  • Has signs of conjunctivitis – red and/or inflamed eyes with discharge 
  • Has any rash or skin irritation you cannot identify. 
  • Has impetigo – school sores 
  • Has diarrhoea 
  • Has been vomiting during the night 
  • Is unusually tired, pale, irritable or lethargic 
  • Has an eye, ear or throat infection and is on antibiotics. Your child should stay at home until he/she has had medication for at least 24 hours. 

If you are not sure, please phone the Centre.

What do I need to do if my child is Asthmatic?

Please look at the Asthma Foundation Victoria’s BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST FOR PARENTS & CARERS

When should I enrol my child?

Enrolments are taken by Geelong Kindergarten Association from the time the children turn two years old. It is important you enrol your child early so forward planning can be made to ensure all children have the opportunity to access a year of kindergarten.

Children must be 4 years of age by 30th April prior to the year they attend. As Government funding only provides for one year of kindergarten prior to school entry it is recommended parents of children turning four between January and April take into account the readiness of their child and consider the option of deferring till the following year to enable the child to achieve more successfully.

How much does it cost?

Fees vary from year to year depending on:

  • Operating costs
  • Parent volunteer efforts
  • Number of children enrolled
  • Government Funding
  • Fundraising and rising business costs

In order to calculate approximately what you may be paying in fees, this years’ fee structure is as follows: -

4 Year Old Group Fees 2013: $310 per term

Health Care Card Holders no fees

What time does the centre operate?

Pre-Schools operate on a variety of models to suit the needs of the parents and children. This is usually four sessions per week but may vary depending on enrolments and parents needs at the time. At present we operate on a fulltime basis.

The Pre-School operates sessions during the school term between 8.15 am and 4.30 pm Monday to Thursday for four year olds and 9.00 am to 12.00 noon on Fridays for three year olds.  Please see the homepage of our website for current session times.

The staff are always available to talk to parents, if necessary an appointment time can be arranged to suit parents.

Will I be able to be involved?

Yes

We encourage parent involvement, Parents play a very crucial role!
Our Pre-School is a community run Centre where relationships grow through working together.

We have a parent run Management Committee which is responsible for financial administration, fundraising, maintenance and the day to day operation of the Pre-School, The children enjoy seeing their families involved with the kindergarten.

Parents are encouraged to contribute and work collaboratively with the nominated educators working with us to provide a program which reflects diversity and provides a culturally inclusive program.

What will the children need to bring?

  • A hat, appropriate to the weather
  • A jacket or coat, for colder weather
  • A piece of fruit or vegetable for snack
  • Wednesday or Thursday depending on your child’s long day lunch in an insulatedl lunch box with an ice-pack
  • A change of named clothes in a plastic bag
  • A back pack/bag to carry it all in

How is the Pre-School staffed?

As required by the Education and Care Services National Regulations a qualified Kindergarten Teachers and Co-educators staff our Pre -School.

Please see the About section of our website for Staff details.