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Fees

Fees apply for both the three and four year old kindergarten sessions at our kindergarten.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development provides per capita funding as a contribution towards the cost of operating the 4 year old kindergarten program (15 hours) and the 3 year old program (pro-rata amount).

Despite government funding for our 3 year old and 4 year old kindergarten places there is still a shortfall between what is received and the cost of operating our preschool which is why fees are necessary. In 2023 and beyond, the Department of Education and Training (Vic) intends to assist with reducing the shortfall by introducing the Free Kindergarten funding.

2022 Fees

Full details can be found in our Fee Policy.  

3 year

Blue Dolphins Group

Wednesday
8.30am – 1.30pm
(5 hours)

$245 per term

3 year

Purple Starfish Group

Wednesday
8.30am – 4pm
(7.5 hours)

$400 per term

 

4 year

Red Rosellas Group

Monday and
Thursday
8.30am – 4pm

$590 per term

4 year

Yellow Geckos Group

Tuesday and Friday
8.30am – 4pm

$590 per term

Eligible Concession Card and Pension Card holders will receive the government’s Kindergarten Fee Subsidy which contributes towards the funded portion of the 3 and 4 year old program. The Administration & Enrolments Officer can provide further details when enrolling your child. Fees are due prior to the commencement of each term. Once enrolled you will receive an invoice for the designated fee for your child/ren. Payment of fees is made directly to the pre-school via EFT.

 

2023 Fees

The 2023 fee for kindergarten is $625 for 15 hours (pro-rata for those in the Blue Dolphins group who will attend for 7.5 hours). Under the Free Kindergarten Funding arrangements, this amount will be paid by the DET on behalf of parents.  Parents must only claim the Free Kindergarten from one sessional kindergarten or childcare centre.

 

Enrolment Fees

Black Rock Pre-School charges a $100 enrolment administration fee. This is a non-refundable annual fee.

This fee is used to provide the enrolment systems and support services to enable your child to enrol at BRPS. As a community run non-profit organisation, we are reliant on the enrolment administration fee to provide an efficient service to you in the year before your child commences at the kindergarten.

The ability to charge this fee may change after we opt into the Free Kindergarten Funding next year. BRPS is currently waiting for clarification on Free Kindergarten Funding requirements to determine whether this fee will be charged for the 2024 cohort.  When we opt into the Free Kindergarten funding, if it is determined that we need to refund this fee for the 2023 cohort, we ask that families consider donating this payment to support the kindergarten’s operations.

Further details will be provided when clarification is provided by the Department of Education and Training

Family Involvement

The education of children is a collaborative process, and families are active participants.

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Throughout the year, families are invited to;

  • Join the Committee of Management or a sub-committee
  • Attend the AGM/ Information night
  • Participate in social events during, and outside of, kinder hours
  • Provide feedback and provide input to reviews of policies and procedures

Families are encouraged to talk to the teachers, share skills and interests at the kinder and share celebrations at the kinder.

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Family help within the Educational Programs

BRPS encourages family involvement in all areas of the educational programs.

This could include;

  • Education session helpers
  • Excursions
  • Beach Kinder program
  • Housekeeping requests

Levies (2022)

The Maintenance Levy of $100 is charged per family to cover the engagement of professional trades people to undertake specific maintenance tasks at the Kindergarten, where specialist maintenance is required or where general support from volunteers is not available. 
 

The BRPS Family Involvement levy of $250 is paid as prior to the commencement of Term 1, and is required to be paid by every family, including concession and pension card holders. A portion is refunded once a family member has completed and has authorised attendance at four (4) events or tasks.  In 2022, a portion may be refunded for 2 or more family involvement activities.  These could include;

  • BRPS Fundraising Events – Bunning’s Sausage Sizzle or Cake Stall rostered help
  • Working bees – Maintenance days
  • Maintenance tasks as requested by C.O.M
  • Management of tasks at fundraising events

Those who actively participate in Committee of Management (C.O.M) positions are also eligible to receive the Family Involvement Levy refund at the end of the year.  In most cases each event or task is expected to be 2-3hrs of support.  Those wishing to receive a partial or full refund must submit the request via the Family Involvement Levy refund request form by the end of term 4.

Levies (2023 and beyond)

In 2023, under the Free Kindergarten funding, families will be requested to voluntarily contribute a Maintenance Levy to assist with ensuring the kindergarten environment is maintained to a high standard to support your child’s education.  This is a per family levy and we understand if some families are not in a position to contribute in this way. 
 
Families will also be asked to voluntarily contribute a nominal amount to cover the cost of special incursions that supplement the routine educational program. In 2022, these additional incursions included the Fire Truck incursion, Seymour the Sea Plane incursion, the Dinosaurs & fossils incursion, the Wonderful World of Worms incursion, the Minibeast Safari incursion, Recycling Rules, Rhythm Culture drumming, Mini Monstars music and the visit from a Myuna Farm Mobile Ark.  Without the voluntary contribution of families, we may not be able to host these incursions in 2023. Other voluntary levies, fees or donations may also be requested in lieu of requesting families to participate in fundraising activities.
 
From time to time, parents may be required to contribute additional Excursions Fees to attend once-off excursions that are an extension to the routine kindergarten program.
 
The voluntary or mandatory nature of these additional levies or fees may change as further details are provided by the DET and after BRPS opt into the Free Kindergarten funding.
 

 

Working bees are held on a Saturday or Sunday morning and run for approximately 3 hours. Only one person from each family is required to attend.