Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Birralee Pre-School?

We are at 21 Weeden Drive, Vermont South

 

What are the session times?

 

3 year old group

      

Monday 9am to 12pm (3 hours)

Friday 9am to 12pm (3 hours)

 

4 year old group'

Tuesday 9am to 3pm (6 hours)

Wednesday 9am to 3pm (6 hours)

Thursday  9am to 3pm (6 hours)

 

What are the teacher / child ratios?

 

For our 3 year old program, we operate 1 teacher to 9 children

For our 4 year old program, we operate 1 teacher to 11 children

 

Is Birralee Pre-School an “accredited” pre-school?

 

Birralee Pre-School is registered with the Department of Education and Training (DET) under the National Quality Framework (NQF). This covers the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations 2011, further amended in 2013 and 2014

 

How do I enrol my child at Birralee Pre-School?

See the ‘Enrolment Process’ section for further information

 

 

What should my Child bring to Kinder?

 

Your child should bring the following items (all labelled with your childs name) in a backpack to Kinder each day they attend:

-       Snack/lunch box

-       Water bottle

-       Hat

-       Spare Clothes

-       Coat (cold days)

More information about appropriate food is found “here”

What is the procedure for drop off and pick up?

There is a book in the foyer of the Kinder that needs to be signed when you drop off or collect your child.

For 3 year old group, they will place their lunch box and drink bottle on the trolley and then settle in for a play.

For 4 year old group, the children will hang their bag on their hook and go inside.

Parents are encouraged to say goodbye to their child and leave. We find if parents hang around too long then it is harder for the child to settle in.

 

What sort of clothing is appropriate?

 

Your child should be dressed in comfortable clothing suitable for activities such as playing, painting, climbing and pasting. Shoes should cover the children’s toes and not be slip on shoes such as ‘crocs’.

Does my child need to be toilet trained to attend Kinder?

Toilet training is preferred. The staff will assist reminding children to use the toilet as well as helping the child should an ‘accident’ happen. You may wish to keep your child in training pants or pull-ups.

 

How do I pay my Kinder fees?

 

At the start of every term, you will receive an emailed invoice from the Kinder for the term fees. You can pay them via internet banking or via cheque.

If you have any issues with paying the Kinder fees, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss further.

What is your refund policy? Can I withdraw my child at any time?

Our policy is to not refund fees. If you are away from Kinder for holidays or illness, you are still required to pay the full term fees as we hold that place for your child. 

You can withdraw your child at any time during the year by notifying the Committee. Further information is found in the Fees Policy which was included with your Kinder Handbook. 

My child is not 3 yet. Can they start in the 3 year old program yet?

Due to the teacher / student ratio's being different for Children under 3, children can not start in the program until their 3rd birthday.

If your child turns 3 after the start of the program but before April 30 (which is the cut off age for the 3 year old program), you need to enrol the children as per normal process (see 'Enrolment Process') and pay the first term fees to secure the spot for your child. In the lead up to their birthday, the child will attend, accompanied by their parent or guardian, a session as an orientation to the Program. Then, once they are 3, they will attend unaccompanied. 

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