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 $250 (in 2022) to secure the position.

2022 Preschool Fees

All children in NSW are eligible to receive 600 hours per year or 2 days per week of Preschool Education for FREE

  • Unfunded Fee – $95 for 3rd day
  • Equity Fee – $30 per day (for 3rd day)
  • “The Club” – $20.00 per morning (8.00 am to 8.30 am Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)

Maintenance & Work Health Safety Compliance Levy

$250 per term is added to each families account.   This levy is required to pay for essential building and playground maintenance as well as Work Health Safety compliance.

 

Fundraising

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 Start Strong Preschool Funding and Start Strong Free Preschool Funding funding which currently covers a percentage of our yearly operational costs.
  • Fees, levy’s, donations and fundraising 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 Guidelines.

  • Children in their year before school who are 4 years old before July 31st.
  • Children who are at least 3 years old on or before July 31st
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Children
  • Children from low-income / equity families

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 and fees will be charged for additional days.

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

 

For further information on funding go to www.dec.gov.au/ECEC

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.