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Enrolment information


Eligibility for enrolment

Children are eligible for enrolment from three years of age. Under Universal Access Funding priority is given to four to five year old children.

Selection process

To ensure that enrolments are offered equitably each enrolment is assessed through an application and interview/orientation process conducted by the Nominated Supervisor or delegated CELC educator.
 
Priority shall be given to children as follows:

Priority 1:

A child at risk of serious abuse or neglect.

Priority 2:

A child of a single parent who satisfies, or of parents who both satisfy, the work/training/study test under Section 14 of the 'A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999'.

Priority 3:

Any other child


Within these main categories priority should also be given to the following children:
  • CELC enrolled children returning for the year before school;
  • new enrolments seeking a place in the year before school;
  • siblings of children enrolled at CELC/parish Catholic schools;
  • children within Catholic parishes;
  • children in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families;
  • children in families which include a disabled person;
  • children in families which include an individual whose adjusted taxable income does not exceed the lower income threshold or who or whose partner are on income support;
  • children in families from a non-English speaking background;
  • children in socially isolated families;
  • children of single parents.

Waiting List

When Catholic Early Learning Centre reaches full capacity, children will be placed on a waiting list.

Enrolment Process

Once a place is offered to the child at the CELC, the parent/carer is encouraged to visit the CELC for an enrolment appointment/orientation. To complete the enrolment process, the parent/carer will be asked to pay a one-off administration fee of $40 per child.  To enrol parents will be asked to:

  • Complete an enrolment form that includes all information required by relevant regulatory and legislative frameworks. The enrolment form also includes a number of authorisations and health information about the child. This helps CELC staff to have background information to provide the best education and care for each child.
  • Provide proof of the child's immunisation details or a statement from their family doctor.
  • Provide a copy of the Birth Certificate.
  • Provide a copy of any Court Orders or Restraining Orders concerning custody of the child, if applicable.
  • Provide a copy of the child’s medical plan along with a completed and signed long term medication form, if relevant.  In addition, complete a risk minimisation plan in consultation with the nominated supervisor of the CELC, if applicable.
  • The enrolled child must start on the day requested by the CELC, otherwise full fees are to be paid. Non- payment of fees will result in loss of the placement.
  • Should a parent/carer wish to withdraw their child from the CELC, parents/carers must provide the CELC with two 2 (weeks) notice, in writing, of their intention to withdraw their child’s from the CELC.
We recommend you contact your local CELC early to avoid disappointment and secure a position as places are limited and fill fast.

Enrolment in a Catholic Early Learning Centre does not guarantee enrolment in Kindergarten at a Catholic Primary School. Families are required to go through a separate orientation and enrolment process with their chosen Catholic Primary School.

Fees

  • Fees will be charged at a daily rate and are reviewed annually.
  • A non-refundable enrolment fee of $40 per child is payable on application.
  • All fees will be paid at least in full- two (2) weeks in advance at all times.
  • Pay bond before the child commences at the CELC.
  • Note that fees are payable when a child is absent from the CELC for any reason and parents/carers should contact the CELC to make staff aware of their child’s absence.
  • If you are leaving or changing your days, two (2) weeks’ notice in writing is required. The child’s last 2 weeks in the CELC will be covered by this advance payment.
  • Any bank charges related to dishonouring of cheques will be an additional fee charged to the family.
  • At the end of the CELC term, parents/carers will be provided with a statement of usage.  Parents/Carers can present this statement to the Family Assistance Office in order to claim the child care benefit for register care providers.
  • Please note account balances must be $0.00 in order to claim your child care benefit for the term.
  • If a child is still at the CELC after closing time, the parent/carer will be phoned and asked to come and collect the child.  The parent/carer is issued a warning notice that the child has been collected after closing time.  The next occasion the child is collected late, the parent/carer will be charged a ‘Late Pick Up Fee’ in terms of the Fee Policy.  We understand that at times there are reasons why a parent/carer may be late e.g. traffic, crisis.  This policy has been developed to safeguard children, families and staff.  As part of licensing requirement it is illegal to care for a child outside of the approved hours of operation except under extenuating circumstances.
 
   
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