How to enrol

We would love to have your child join us at Port Macquarie Community Preschool.

If your child is already between the ages of 3 and 5 years, and you would like them to attend in the near future, we encourage you to contact us directly to find out which centre has the availability to meet your needs.

If your child is too young, we recommend that you place them on the Waiting List to ensure they will be offered a place when they turn 3 years. Simply fill in the form and return it to us or call us directly and we will let you know the next step in the process.

If you are interested in a tour of the preschool, please contact us and we will arrange one. We also organise Stay and Play sessions at the preschool prior to your child attending so they are familiar and comfortable with staff, other children and the environment before they enrol.

2021 - 2022 Fees 

The 2021-22 NSW State Government Budget includes funding for the Start Strong Free Preschool Program for community and mobile preschools. $150 million has been allocated across 2022 for the new program. This program will replace the current COVID-19 Free Preschool Funding program from January 2022.

The Government is funding 600 hours of Preschool education per child for 2022, which is 2 days per week of free Preschool education!

For children who attend a third day at preschool they will pay one day of fees per week based on the fee categories listed below.

Fees

We have three categories of fees

Equity Children - $17 per day

Children from low income, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander families

Funded Children - $37 per day

Children who turn 4 years old before the 31st July

Partially Funded Children - $52 per day

Children who are 3 years old and do not turn 4 years old before the 31st July

Extended Hours

The preschool also provides extended hours care from 8am to 4pm. Our regular hours are from 8.15am to 3.45pm. Extended hours are charged at $5 per half-hour (or part thereof). For example, if your child attends from 8am to 4pm you will be charged $10 per day on top of your normal fee.

Payment of Fees

At enrolment a non-refundable administration fee is charged and a bond of four weeks fees is payable. This is refundable if there are no outstanding fees at the end of term 4, OR if a child ceases to be enrolled at the centre with two weeks’ written notice and if there are no outstanding fees.

At enrolment parents/carers can select one of the following two options for payment of fees:

• Payment by Direct Debit through the preschool’s bank account – deducted each Monday. Extended hours fees are reconciled from the previous week as necessary.

• Payment by direct debit through Centrepay.

The Transport Program has a fee of $4 per trip.

Need more information?

Call our Administration Office today