As for February 2017
Over 3's(with 20 hours)
All nappies are provided
All food is provided. (If your child requires formula you will need to supply this.)
Enrolments are for a minimum of 2 days per week.
All fees are to be paid in advance each Friday morning, by automatic payment for the coming week.
Full fees are payable on times allocated on the enrolment form.
2 weeks holiday per year. Addition 2 weeks holiday is available for a Christmas break. See Fee Policy
Fees are due and payable for all holidays, sickness, absences, and Statutory holidays.
A $50.00 enrolment fee is charged per child when enrolling or going onto the wait list for the centre.
A 10% discount is offered to families with two or more children.
We don't accept cash/cheques/eftpos at the centre.
Fee Policy is review annually in February.
Children are allocated 2 weeks holiday per year, after 3 months from starting. And an addition 2 weeks is available to take during the Christmas break. Holiday allocation must be taken in week blocks and can be used for sickness and/or holidays. Parents have to provide a written request to receive the allocation, Holidays cannot be paid out or used in lieu of payment, If your child is away over and above the allocation the full fee will be charged to hold their place at the centre, The allocation runs from 1 January to 31 December of the same year, Unused weeks are not able to be carried over to the following year.
The centre is open 52 week of the year. Parents are able to take a 2 week holiday at Christmas (Monday 28th December 2020 to Friday, 1st January 2021 and Monday 4th January to Friday 8th January) if their child does not attend. Families will be advised on a yearly basis to confirm holiday dates.
Natural Steps has opted into the "20 hours" scheme - ensuring that all our parents of 3 and 4 year olds will be receiving a saving on their weekly fees. Funding rates for "20 hours" have been calculated to cover the bare minimum regulated standard of education and care. However at Natural Steps we provide well above the minimum funded standards through the provision of our outstanding early childhood education.
Unfortunately this does mean that our current operating costs for "20 hours" are not fully covered by government funding. In order for us to opt into the scheme, all 3 and 4 year olds must be enrolled for a minimum of 2 full days per week. We do not offer half/ part days or sessional education care for these children. As we cannot charge parents for the 20 hours (maximum of 6 hours per day), we have had to build in a chargeable portion of each day.
We understand that this can be confusing so if you have any further queries regarding the "20 hours" Government policy, please see us at the Centre.
We would love to have you and your child as part of the family. Enrol with us today and start your child's Natural steps into early childhood education.