Money Matters

Waiting List Registration

There is no cost to put your child’s name on the waiting list.

Enrolment Fee

When your child has been offered a position at the Preschool you are required to pay a one off, non-refundable fee, which is currently $200, to secure the position.

2020 Preschool Fees

  • 3-year-old fee – $77.00 per day
  • 4-year-old fee – $60.00 per day
  • Unfunded Fee – $95.00 per day
  • Equity Fee – $25 per day
  • “The Club” – $15.00 per morning (8.00 am to 8.30 am)

Building and Maintenance Levy

A Building and Maintenance Levy of $55 per term is added to each families account.   The levy will be used to help with the ongoing costs of maintaining our facility and our beautiful garden.   Whilst we will still be having the occasional working bee, the levy will assist greatly with repairs and maintenance to ensure regulatory and Work Health Safety compliance.


The profits from any fundraising go directly into the purchasing of resources to enhance the teaching and learning programme.

Fundraising events differ from year to year but have included Bunnings BBQ, Fete’s, Trivia Nights, Picture Plates, Tea Towels etc. Often it depends upon the interest from families and having sufficient volunteers and organisers.

Priority of Access to Preschool (How positions are allocated) and Funding (How the money is allocated.

The Preschool is a ‘not for profit’, incorporated association and is subject to the requirements of the Corporations Act 2001.

Our income is derived from two sources:

  • NSW State Government funding which currently covers a small percentage of our yearly operational costs.
  • Fees make up the remainder of our necessary income.

St Stephen’s Preschool is funded through the NSW Department of Education.

To be eligible to receive funding we are required to adhere to the following Priority of Access.

  • Children in their year before school who are 4 years old before July 31st.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Children
  • Children from low-income families
  • Children who are not 4 years old by the 31st

The funding for 3 and 4 year olds is for 15 hours per week/600 hours per year.  Children that attend more than 15 hours per week do not receive funding for their additional hours.

Children who attend less than 2 days also do not attract funding.  St Stephen’s Preschool does not enroll children for only one day.

4 year olds attract a higher level of base funding than 3 year olds.

Equity and ATSI families receive a higher base rate of funding.

The aim of the funding is maximize attendance for those children that are in the year before school.  DEC expects that preschools will offer a greater number of hours to children in their year before school than those that have 2 or 3 years before they will go to school.  Funding is capped at up to 15 hours or 2 days per week per child.  For every child that attends more than 2 days, the preschool receives no additional funding for them.

For further information on funding go to

Fees for low income, Aboriginal and Torres Strait families (Equity)

Under the terms of our funding agreement with DEC, we are required to offer a fee reduction for Low income and Aboriginal families.  The purpose of this funding is to provide assistance for families to access preschool education.

To be eligible for the low income/equity rebate families must be within the income limits for the ‘Low Income Health Care Card’.  We need to sight and take copies of Health Care cards as proof of eligibility.

For further information on the Rebate for Low Income/equity and Aboriginal families at St Stephen’s Preschool, please contact the Preschool Office.