At Avalon Beach House Pre School we accept enrolments throughout the year, assuming there are vacancies. As we are licensed for only 30 children a day, vacancies fill quickly. When a vacancy does become available, it is offered to families on our waiting list before being made available to the wider public. Please note that we do not charge a fee to be put on or kept on our waitlist. If you would like to fill in a wait list application, click here. We strongly recommend that all families, both current and future, read and keep handy a copy of the Avalon Beach House Pre School Parent Handbook.
Frequently Asked Questions
Before you can enrol your child at Avalon Beach House Pre School, we recommend you come in to visit the centre and the staff to ensure it is the right environment and atmosphere for your child and your family. We recognise how important it is for families to feel 100% comfortable with the child care option they select for their family and go to great lengths to accommodate the preferences and routines of each individual child and their family. We have an open door policy, and encourage parents, carers and children to visit us at a time convenient to them. Alternatively, you can call or email us to arrange a specific time for a tour. Once you are confident that ABHPS is the perfect place for your child, you can enrol.
When you are ready to complete the enrolment process, we will need the following:
- A completed and signed enrolment form
- A copy of your child’s birth certificate. We can accept copies that have been certified by a Justice of the Peace, or you can bring in the original for us to sight and photocopy
- A copy of your child’s immunisation history statement, your child’s blue book is not accepted as proof of immunisation history
- $120 administration fee. This covers the cost of the performances and incursions we book throughout the year such as jumping castles, reptile demonstration, cultural performers etc
- Refundable bond. The cost of this varies depending on how many days your child will attend per week.
Below is a list of things your child will need when he or she is at Avalon Beach House Pre School:
- A suitably sized bag
- One set of sheets for rest/nap time. The minimum needed is one fitted cot sheet and one flat cot sheet, however if your child has a blanket, comforter or dummy, we ask you bring these too. These items must be stored in a separate labelled bag NOT your child’s kindy bag
- Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. These can be any healthy foods your child enjoys at home. Our kitchen is equipped with a microwave, so please feel free to bring foods such as rice, spaghetti, etc as we are happy to reheat it for your child. If your child needs a bottle of milk at rest time, please bring one and place it in the main part of the refrigerator (not the door)
- Please note we are a nut-aware centre, so products such as trail mix (with nuts), peanut butter, nutella etc. can not be brought into the centre.
- Nappies. If your child is still wearing nappies, we require you to provide a minimum of 4 nappies a day. If your child only uses a nappy for rest time, please ensure you send one each day
- Spare clothes. How many spare clothes you bring will depend on how old your child is, whether he/she is toilet training, etc. For toilet training we recommend lots of spare undies, pants (long and short), socks and one pair of spare shoes. Older children will need to bring a spare shirt and a spare pair of pants in case of water-trough-related soakings. Please also ensure your child brings a warm jumper or cardigan to preschool each day, especially in the cooler months.
- A hat. Our centre has SunSafe accreditation from the Cancer Council and we strictly enforce our sun-safe policy. If your child does not bring a hat to Preschool, he or she will have to play in the shade and therefore will not be able to make full use of all the activities on offer. Wide-brim or legionnaire style hats (a cap with a flap covering the back of the neck) are recommended by the Cancer Council
We are focused on providing you and your child with a happy and positive start to their time at Avalon Beach House Preschool; therefore, our orientation and settling in processes vary depending on the needs of your child and your family. We like to tailor an orientation and settling in process in conjunction with you – this can be discussed when you visit the centre, or by calling or emailing us.
We recognise the individual needs of each child and family and are proud of our flexible approach to orientation and settling in, as well as our individualised ongoing care and education of each child.
Avalon beach house preschool is an approved education and care service under the education and care services national law. As such, families attending our centre are eligible to apply to receive childcare subsidy (ccs).
Child Care Subsidy is available to all families who are Australian Residents if the child meets immunisation requirements and parents meet eligibility requirements. Entitlement is determined by an activity test which determines the number of hours of subsidised care to which families are entitled.
A broad range of activities meet the activity test requirements, including paid work, self-employment, unpaid work in a family business, active job hunting, volunteering or studying. You can also include reasonable travel time to and from a place of activity to the centre. In two parent families, both parents must meet the activity test, and subsidy hours are calculated on the lower number where parents have different levels of activity. There are exemptions for parents who legitimately cannot meet the activity test requirements. Low income families who do not meet the activity test can access 24 hours of subsidised care per fortnight. The percentage of subsidy a family receives is based on their estimated combined annual income.
All families wishing to access Child Care Subsidy need to complete an online Child Care Subsidy assessment through their myGov account. Assessment asks families to provide information about their expected combined family income, activity level of parents and types of childcare service being used.
Additional Child Care Subsidy may be available to help support:
- Families needing help to support their children’s safety and wellbeing
- Grandparents on income support who are primary child-carers
- Families in temporary financial hardship
- Families moving to work from income support
Families can claim Child Care Subsidy or Additional Child Care Subsidy online by signing into their myGov and completing a Child Care Subsidy claim. If eligible, the Subsidy will be paid directly to the service on families behalf, and we will reduce the fees owed. This can occur after our service enters families’ enrolment information online, and families confirm their enrolment information through their myGov account. Until Child Care Subsidy details are available, families will need to pay full fees.
Families are entitled to receive Child Care Subsidy for up to 42 days where their child is absent, for example due to illness, public holidays and parental leave. Evidence to support these absences is not required. Additional absence days may be available if they meet the situations outlines in the Family Assistance Law and there is evidence to support these.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CCS, CALL THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES’ FAMILY ASSISTANCE LINE ON 136 150.