Frequently
Asked Questions

What are the Kindergarten Fees?

The Governing Council sets the fee. For 2022 fees are $100 per term.
Payment can be made by cash, cheque or direct debit, in full or in monthly instalments as well as through Centrepay.

What do children wear to Kindy?

Children need to wear weather-appropriate clothing which will protect them from the sun in summer, and keep them warm in winter. Clothing should be suitable for climbing, running and getting dirty. Shoes must be also comfortable for climbing and running. Thongs are not suitable.
Hats must be worn if the UV index is 3 or over. Sunglasses may be worn. Sunscreen is provided, however children with allergies may bring specific sunscreen products from home.

What food do children need?
Children need lunch plus a morning and an afternoon snack. These may be fruit, vegetables, sandwiches etc. As per our Healthy Food Policy, unsuitable foods such as cakes, chips, chocolates and sweet biscuits will be returned to the child’s bag to be eaten at home.
Due to high levels of allergies in the population we ask that no peanut products be sent to kindy.
Will you administer medication?

It is the responsibility of parents/carers to provide accurate, up-to-date, and relevant information for staff regarding student’s routine and emergency health care needs. Any child with a health/medical condition will be required to have a current medical action plan, medication agreement completed by a doctor, safety and risk management plan, health support agreement completed by director and family prior to the child commencing kindergarten.

  • The Elizabeth East Kindergarten will not administer any medication to children except when directly prescribed and requested by the child’s doctor (As per medication agreement):

    • The medication supplied must be in the original packaging with the prescribing doctor’s sticker attached.  Medication must also be within date. (Out of date medications will not be administered)

    • Two staff members will be responsible for checking and administering the medication, and completing the medication log kept under the individual child’s name in the first aid folder.

How does school enrolment happen?
Parents and Caregivers are responsible for enrolling their child in the school of their choice during the first term.
Are kindergartens zoned?
Yes with priority given to Elizabeth East and Hillbank residents. A waiting list is consulted if numbers allow.
What age can my child start kindy?

Children may start kindy when they turn four before 30th April in their kindy year.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children can begin Kindergarten at 3 yrs of age.

Are there places for younger children?
Yes we provide Occasional Care sessions for 2 and 3 year olds.
How will the kindy provide for children with special needs, e.g. disorders/speech/ language/behaviour?

DfE support services provide support for the children within the centre through programs which are based on children’s needs. EEK staff also work in collaboration with outside organisations to further support children with special needs.

How many terms does a child spend at kindy?
Kindergarten is not compulsory, but four year olds are eligible for up to 4 terms in the calendar year starting in January.
How many days per week is my child able to come to kindy?

4 year olds are eligible to attend 15 hours per week. This usually amounts to two and a half days. The day runs from 815am – 315pm.

Can my child stay after hours?
No, we charge a late fee for children that are not picked up promptly as outlined in the Late Pick Up Policy.
Can parents volunteer at the kindy?
Yes, we are always happy for parents to be involved.
Does my child need to be toilet trained?
All children should be toilet trained when starting kindergarten (not Occasional Care). Children with health issues need to present the kindy with a continence plan from their doctor/health specialist it is to help and inform educators about what kind of assistance the child may need.
Who can pick up my child from kindy?
Only people who are listed on the enrolment form are able to collect the child. Any new person will be asked for ID and parents need to advise us prior.
What about custody issues?
A hard copy of a court order must be provided to the director in the case of any family disputes.
What provisions are there for cyber safety at the kindy?

EEK follows DfE cyber policy. Parent consent must be obtained for staff to take and or publish photographs of children.

Which staff will work with my child?
All educators employed at the kindy will work with each child.