stirleing and henryTo enable our service to provide high quality early education and care for children we need to ensure we are financially viable at all times.  We have a commitment to ensuring our fees are as affordable as possible and that all families have access to any subsidies that are available to reduce these fees.  Our service will advocate with governments for all children’s right to access early education and care regardless of their family’s financial situation.

2020 fees

 

4 year old Start Strong fee            $37

3 year old Start Strong fee            $47

Start Strong Equity fee                    $12

Unfunded fee                                        $62

Which fee will you pay?

Government legislation endeavours to give all children 600 hours of preschool education for their year prior to school through Start Strong.  This equates to 2 days a week. Due to these funding arrangements, if your child is attending for a third day this will be at an increased cost to the  prior days.  Fees are determined by the SOS Preschool Parent Management Committee.

The NSW Department of Education requires parents to sign the ‘Consent to use and disclosure of personal information’ form at the time of enrolment (see SOS Preschool’s Enrolment and Orientation Policy). Your eligibility for Start Strong Funding is conditional upon signing this form.

 

4 year old Start Strong fee is charged for:

  • Children who are 4 years of age on or before 31 July in that preschool year
  • 2 days per week enrolment

3 year old Start Strong fee is charged for:

  • Children who are 3 years of age on or before 31 July in that preschool year
  • 2 days per week enrolment

Start Strong Equity fee is charged for

  • Children who are at least 3 years of age on or before 31 July in that preschool year
  • 2 days per week enrolment
  • Within the following criteria:
    • Health Care Card (in the name of the parent with the child listed)
    • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
    • Children with additional needs

The Unfunded Fee is charged when:

  • Children attend for a third day

Priority of access

SOS is required to give equal priority of access to:

  • children who are at least 4 years old on or before the 31 July in that preschool year and not enrolled or registered at a school
  • children who are at least 3 years old on or before 31 July in that preschool year and from low income and/or Aboriginal families
  • children with English language needs
  • children with disability and additional needs
  • children who are at risk of significant harm (from a child protection perspective).

There is no order of priority assigned to the list of points above. Priority must be given to the groups outlined above before any other groups, including non-equity three year olds.