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Thread: Cost of Pre School

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    If you know where you are moving to, ring the council offices, most will have a kindergarden or childrens services co-ordinater. I would ring them ASAP - I know ours close for apps in June the previous year, but I am assuming there is something in place for people who move to an area. Its like school applicaitrons have closing dates but we had at least one new kid each year who started when they moved to the area'


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    Thats my problem Ray we have no idea where we will move!!!! I hope to work it out when we get down there at christmas atm it's around mornington or maybe narre warren as my parents live in Inverloch and I have sisters near the Knox area so thought that kinda half way so that Dh doesnt feel to boged down with my family as we have lived out of state for 10 yrs...Plus he would like to be near the beach even though I have told him that we could just go to parents house when ever its Hot, but comming from up we wont feel the heat for a few years anyway!!

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    Preschool in Adelaide (and NT) is called Kindergarten, you're child starts when they turn 4 (or earlier if they have special needs) and it's FREE through the govt schooling system. I *can't wait* for the national schooling system to be set up!

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    I'm in VIC. I pay $360 per term for Alex's four year old kinder (plus $25 fundraising levy plus $80 maintenance levy). This is for three half-days per week. As I want him to go to one full day per week (in preparation for school in 2009) I will be paying an extra $185 ($18.50 per session for 10 weeks per term) per term. So total per term is $650. There are four terms per year :O

    I can get the childcare rebate for the $360 and the $185, which is a percentage rebate based on your annual income. But not for the $25 or the $80.

    This is our local kindergarten, and it's not-for-profit.

    BTW, the three-year-old fees were higher because they're not partially funded by the Department of Human Services!

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    Zander's preschool (or 3 year old kinder) is $34 per day before he turns three then $31 per day once he turns three.

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    DD starts preschool this week (sobb...sobb...) - in NSW that is for 3-4 year olds before they start kindergarten/primary school.

    She is going one day 9am-1pm and this is $28 per day, the second day is 9am-3pm and is about $35 I think. The day care centre next door wanted $60 per day for their pre school program!!

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    In SA Kindy (from age 4) for where we attend is $40 per term, so $160 for the year. Reception which is at school for where Kameron goes is $201.00 for the year, but then you have to pay out for excursions on top of that it isn't inclusive.

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    i dont understand how the prices vary so much! is it up to the individual centre on nhow much they charge?
    i might start looking into 3yo kinder for Krystal soon, just so i have a rough idea how much its going to cost!!

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    in sa where my son goes to kindy it is $40 a term,
    my daughter goes to a private school and that is $540 a term

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    Krystall Ball - i don't understand why prices varyso much either! It's very confusing! I am looking into sending our little fella to preschool next year in Feb when he turns 3. From what i can gather, the community-run ones are the cheapest, around $30-35ish per day during school hours. I am trying to get him into one of those close by to home when i am on maternity leave next year. The childcare centre where he currently goes (full-day long-day care whilst i am still working) want $60 per dayfor their childcare centre.

    So, for us, the community-run preschools seems to be the best option (even though you have to provide their lunches etc to take with them).

    But it is amazing how much some of the privately-run ones charge!

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    The privately-run ones usually offer MUCH longer hours and they also offer lots of extra-curricular activites such as a LOTE (language other than English), a physical education program with a specialised teacher and equipment, Music classes with a specialised teacher and equipment, Library sessions at a library with a librarian, art classes with a specialised teacher that include more sophisticated activites like ceramics where the clay is fired in a kiln etc. The private places are also usually very big on documentation. Every significant piece of art work is collected and placed in a folio and presented to the parents at the end of each semester... most pieces of artwork is not just labelled but documented in other ways like included a quote from your child about what they have drawn etc. There are photos of your child's 3D artwork and photos of them making it etc.

    ALOT of work goes into providing the extra things at private kinders. I used to be the art specialist teacher at one for 5 years. Along with the documentation of artwork each child has their own daily diary which the teachers fill in every day outlining what the child has achieved. There are also pre-reading component to their learning... each child's reading skill is assessed and supported. This is mainly in 4yo kinder but this is a very in depth process that i don't think the government kinders offer. This process involves a lot of 1-1 time between teachers and child.

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    Hi everyone
    I own my own child care centre in Sydney, We charge $48.00 dollars a day and our hours are 7.30am - 5.30pm. We will be putting our fees up to $52.00 dolars a day as it is getting very expensive for food and the staff have had 7 pay rises in the last 2 years. We have 6 staff at our centre and we have 29 children a day. People don't understand how much it costs to run a child care centre with super, wages, food, telephone, Insurance, Public libility, new euiptment, Craft, casual workers, paying staff over time, Courses, Accreditation ect.

    Cathie

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