What’s the difference between Sessional Kindergarten and Long Day Care?
We offer Long Day Care for children aged 6 months to school commencement and Sessional Kindergarten for children who turn 4 before 30th April of the year they will be in kindergarten.
If your child is eligible for both, you might be wondering which you should choose. The answer depends on your family’s own situation.
The most important thing to understand is that children will have kindergarten sessions with a qualified teacher in both Long Day Care and Sessional Kindergarten. Kindergarten is integrated into Long Day Care, with kindergarten teachers working with the children between 8am and 4pm.
Sessional Kindergarten has fixed hours (either two long days of 8.30 to 4pm, or three short days of 9.15am to 2.15pm). Long Day Care has longer opening hours (7am to 6pm), so offers more flexibility to families.
Because of the way Government rebates work, Sessional Kindergarten is cheaper on an hourly basis, but there’s no kindergarten or care offered in School Holidays for Sessional Kindergarten children. Space permitting, you may be able to place your child in Long Day Care during school holidays.
Some of our families enrol their child/ren in Sessional Kindergarten, plus one or more extra days in Long Day Care.
What does On-Selling days mean?
If your child is going to be away for any length of time, you’re able to make those days available for other families to ‘purchase’. If these days are purchased by another family, you aren’t liable for fees on those days.
Note: there is no guarantee any or all of the days will be on-sold, as this is subject to demand. Existing vacancies will be filled before on-selling is used. The on-selling care system is managed by the office on a first come first served basis.
Can I come and see the centre?
Yes! We encourage you to call to make an appointment to come and see the centre.
Please note, you’re required to have a tour of the centre before any new enrolment is confirmed.