The NSW State Government provides the start strong funding for all children 4 years and older in the year prior to starting school for 15 hours a week . Preschool fees are set to cover the cost of running the preschool, it is not for profit. We receive additional funding for the following groups of children:
- Those at risk of serious abuse or neglect
- Those who may be economically disadvantaged
- Those with special needs
- Those with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Child care benefit
Peter Rabbit Community Preschool is a Registered Carer. The Family Assistance Office will administer the Work Test for families to assess how much assistance with fees you may be entitled to. If your family is in one of the following categories you are eligible to claim child care benefit (not child care rebate):
- Both parents working (including paid full-time, part-time or casual work, self-employment, paid leave, unpaid sick leave, paid or unpaid maternity leave or setting up a business),
- Activity looking for paid work (including being in receipt of New-start or Youth Allowance),
- Studying or training (including voluntary or unpaid work to improve your skills);
- A person with a disability,
- Caring for a child or adult with a disability, or
- Your partner is in gaol or living outside Australia.
The daily fees currently are $70 for 3yr olds and $50 for 4yr olds beginining school the following year who are attending 2 or more days a week. $66 for 4yr olds attending 1 day a week. This fee is not refundable if a child is absent due to illness or other reason. Families who hold a current health card are eligable for reduced fees of $31
Non-refundable administration fee
A $55.00 non-refundable fee is payable in advance to cover administration costs before commencing at the preschool. This amount also includes a compulsory Incorporation Fee of $2.00 per family, and $5.00 Personal Accident Insurance per child (to be paid annually).
Payment must be made within 14 days of receipt of acceptance letter. Failure to pay by the due date will forfeit your child’s position.
For new enrollments, a security deposit of $100 is required upon acceptance of a position and is payable within 14 days of receipt of acceptance letter. Failure to pay by the due date will forfeit your child’s position. This amount will be returned on your withdrawal from Peter Rabbit or at the end of term 4 in the final year your child attends the preschool.
If your child leaves the preschool before term 4 of the final year, the security deposit will be refunded only if four weeks written notice has been given to the preschool. If a position has been accepted, but the child fails to start the year it’s been enrolled into, the security deposit will be forfeited.
Currently enrolled children, returning to the preschool in the following year, will not be required to pay the one month securing deposit of $100.
A $120 maintenance deposit will be charged on Enrolment with your fees. You are asked to attend at a Working Bee, Garden Duty, assisting at one Bunnings BBQ and one job chosen from a list at preschool.
Please be aware that it is your responsibility to place your name next to a job you can do and to complete these as detailed on page 14.
Government funding influences fees and as such they are unpredictable and therefore subject to change at any time.
In addition to the attendance fees, each family will be charged a $50 equipment levy per term to assist in the purchase of extra, non-budgeted items for the preschool.
Fees are due by the end of week one each term and will be issued during the second last week of the previous term. If you are experiencing financial difficulties please speak with the Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer or Director to discuss suitable payment options.
Please be aware that failure to pay by the due date will result in a $80 fine.
The preschool does not take responsibility for cash and will only accept payment of fees by internet banking of direct deposit.
Notice of withdrawal
Four term weeks’ notice must be given and if you will be leaving in term four, notice for the whole of the term must be given or you will lose your security deposit.
Failure to provide the preschool with the appropriate notice will mean the entire term’s fees must be paid.