Frequently Asked Questions
What is the learning curriculum at Black Rock Pre-School?
The curriculum at Black Rock Pre-School is guided by the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF). The VEYLDF guides the curriculum and learning outcomes agreed by all Australian governments as important for a child’s development from birth to eight years of age. The VEYLDF identifies five key learning outcomes for all children:
- Children have a strong sense of identity.
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
- Children have a strong sense of well being.
- Children are confident and involved learners.
- Children are effective communicators.
Over the first eight years of a child’s life, a gradual shift in emphasis occurs along a continuum from play to more structured learning in formal settings. Early childhood teachers develop their learning programs to support sustained and shared interactions with children through play gradually moving towards more focused experiential learning. The majority of what your child will learn and experience at kindergarten will occur as a result of:
- Guided play and learning
- Child-directed play and learning
- Adult-led learning
For more information visit the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) website: www.education.vic.gov.au
Does Black Rock Pre-School offer a funded Kindergarten Program?
Victorian Government funding helps makes kindergarten affordable for all children in the year before they start school. BRPS offers four year old funded kindergarten places.
What age group is my child eligible for?
3 year old: Children enrolling for a 3 year old program must have turned 3 by the 30 April in they year they attend, BUT can only attend once they have turn 3. Children who are 3 by the 31st January in the year they attend CAN attend at the commencement of the term.
4 year old: Your child must turn 4 before 30th April in the year they attend. A child may start 4-year old kinder at the commencement of the kindergarten year even if they have not yet turned 4.
What are your class sizes?
Although class sizes can vary depending on the numbers of children enrolled at any one time, generally speaking class sizes are capped as follows:
3 year old: 22 children
4 year old: 22 children
Are there any costs above and beyond the fees?
No. BRPS does not charge parents for any other costs above and beyond term fees. However, in order to keep the kindergarten viable, families are asked to take part in fundraising activities for the kindergarten which assist in purchasing new equipment and materials. Parents are also asked to support the kindergarten by providing their time and effort in ensuring the upkeep and maintenance of the kindergarten. These activities are a great way to get to know other families and strengthen the BRPS community.
Which schools do Black Rock Pre-School children eventually attend?
Children from Black Rock Pre-School attend a large variety of local schools, however the majority of children do go on to attend Black Rock Primary School.
Are there circumstances where a reduction in fees would occur?
There are particular circumstances which result in a reduction or removal of fees. If you feel you are eligible for a reduction in fees you should discuss your personal circumstances with your kindergarten enrolment officer during the enrolment process.
Is there a fee to be placed on the waiting list?
What happens if my child has special needs?
BRPS can facilitate the attendance of children with special needs.
Does the Kindergarten operate throughout the year or only during specific times?
There are four teaching terms per year and these terms follow those of the normal school year. The kindergarten does not open or operate during designated school holidays.
Is Black Rock Pre-School zoned?
No. We welcome families from across Bayside.
I have more questions I would like to ask. Who can I call for additional information?
If you have additional questions you would like to ask please contact:
Black Rock Pre-School Enrolment officer (E): firstname.lastname@example.org