FAQs


Early Learning Center Frequently Asked Questions


Are there enrolment priorities?
If applications exceed the number of places for which the Centre is licensed, places will be offered firstly to Catholic families and to families with siblings already in a Catholic primary school in the Centre’s regional area.  It is expected that all families who enrol their child in a Catholic Early Learning Centre will be supportive of the Centre’s ethos. 

All children who attend a Catholic Early Learning Centre are guaranteed a Kindergarten place in an ACT Catholic primary school.

How many places are there available at the Early Learning Centre?
The Centre is licensed for 38 children per day divided into two classes.

What are the opening hours?
The Centre is open from 7.30am to 6.00 pm Monday through to Friday.

Can my child attend on a part time basis?
Yes, if you want your child to attend preschool for the 15 hour program then your child can access childcare before and/or after preschool as per below:

 
Week  One (Beginning of the week) Monday:  9.10am – 3.10pm
  Tuesday:  9.10am – 3.10pm
  Wednesday: 9.10am – 3.10pm
Week One (End of the Week) Thursday: 9.10am - 3.10pm
  Friday: 9.10am - 3.10pm
 
 Week Two (Beginning of the Week) Monday: 9.10am - 3.10pm
  Tuesday: 9.10am - 3.10pm
Week Two (End of the Week) Wednesday:  9.10am– 3.10pm
  Thursday:  9.10am –3.10pm
  Friday     9.10am –3.10pm

What happens during the school holidays?
The Preschool program operates during school terms only.  Families who require childcare during the vacation periods will need to register at least 2 weeks prior to the holidays to enable the Centre to have the appropriate staff in place.  The Centre is open for a minimum of 48 weeks per year.  It will close at the same time that school finishes for the year.  Term dates are listed on the Catholic Education Office website for NSW and ACT.

What is the ratio of staff to children?
The minimum ratio is 1:11 – this is the national standard.  The Centre’s Director is tertiary qualified, with a minimum of a Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Each Preschool teacher must have a Degree in Early Childhood Education as well.  The preschool educators and the childcare staff must also be qualified at either Diploma or Certificate III level depending on their appointed position.

How do I enrol my child?
The Enrolment Application form is available from any ACT Catholic school or on the Catholic Education Office website.  It is very important that your application is received by the end of the Enrolment Period (24th May 2013).  You can take your application to any ACT Catholic primary school, and it will be forwarded to the Principal of the school where the Early Learning Centre is located.
On enrolment all families are required to pay an enrolment levy of $25.00.

When will I know if I have a place for my child?
By the end of June you will have received a letter of offer.  You will have an opportunity to discuss your child’s application with the Principal and the Director, and confirm the details of the enrolment you are seeking.

Does the Centre provide meals?
Only afternoon tea will be provided for children who stay on after 3.10 pm.  Children are asked to bring their own lunch, as well as a piece of fruit or cut vegetable such as carrot or celery sticks. The Centre promotes healthy eating habits and water is the recommended drink during the day.

Can my 3 year old go to the Centre?
Children must turn 4 years old by 30th April to be eligible for Preschool. Catholic Early Learning Centres are open to preschool-aged children only.

Do I have to pay fees all year?
Catholic Early Learning Centres are not for profit organisations.  Every effort is made to ensure fees are at an affordable level for families. Fees must be paid for every day your child is enrolled, including public holidays, regardless of attendance.  Each child is entitled to a number of Allowable Absence days during the financial year and still be able to claim Child Care Benefit (CCB) for these days.  In addition, CCB is payable for Approved Absences days that are verified with supporting documentation.

Families are asked to give 20 working days’ written notice of their intention to withdraw their child from the Centre.  Should families give less than 20 working days’ notice they are obligated to pay an amount equivalent to four weeks of fees.