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. Prior to 2023, this shortfall was cover through compulsory family fees. From 2023, the Department of Education and Training (Vic) is assisting families by introducing the Free Kindergarten funding so that families can receive up to 15 hours of free kindergarten per week (during term) in the 2 years prior to starting school. The Free Kindergarten Funding is paid directly to the kindergarten, however, families must provide a declaration that they will only claim this funding through one sessional kindergarten or childcare centre.
Under Free Kindergarten Funding arrangements, parents will only need to pay fees to access extended care hours or more than 15 hours per week. This is applicable for both three and four year old kindergarten cohorts.
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.
Black Rock Pre-School charges a $150 enrolment administration fee. This is an annual fee, refundable under the requirements of Free Kindergarten, upon commencement of the kindergarten place. Some families may opt to contribute this amount to the kinder to assist with covering the cost of the enrolment process.
From 2023, with the introduction of the Free Kindergarten Funding, this fee will continue to be charged as part of the enrolment process and we ask that families donate this payment to support the kindergarten’s operations. Those seeking a refund of this fee can do so after their child commences in their kindergarten place. This fee is not refundable for those who decide not to take up their kindergarten place with Black Rock Pre-School.
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.
Extended Care Fees
From 2024, with the introduction of extended care, there will be an upfront term based fee for those who opt into this additional service. Children will be able to attend extended care on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4.00-5.30pm. The daily cost for this additional care is $25 per session. Parents should opt into this additional option during the enrolment process, however, if vacancies exist, parents can sign up for this option at anytime throughout the year.
Fees for Additional Days
The education of children is a collaborative process, and families are active participants.
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.
Family help within the Educational Programs
BRPS encourages family involvement in all areas of the educational programs.
This could include;
- Education session helpers
- Beach Kinder program
- Housekeeping requests
Levies (2023 and beyond)