Fees

Fee schedule 2017

3 year old group

4 year old group

Term 1 & 2

$440 per term

$490 per term

Term 3 & 4

$499 per term

$490 per term

Total Fees

$2,028 (including Levies)

$2,140 (including Levies)

Levy Information

For both 3 and 4 year old groups a $100 maintenance levy fee is applicable, $50 of which is refundable after attendance at one working bee per year.  Working bees are held once per term and participation involves a minimum of two (2) hours to apply for the refund. Alternatively, should a family not be able, or not want to attend a working bee, a donation of $50 at the beginning of each year to the kindergarten would be gratefully received!

A 4 year old group Incursion/Excursion Levy of $80 per child and a 3 year old Incursion/Excursion Levy of $50 per child are payable with Term 1 fees.  This levy reduces the administrative burden on the teachers when arranging activities within and outside the kindergarten.

Fees are payable prior to the commencement of each term, with invoices for Terms 2, 3 and 4 issued towards the end of the preceding term.   Invoices for Term 1 fees are issued at the Kindergarten Information evening with fees due 4 weeks from this date.

Any family experiencing difficulty in the payment of fees should contact the Assistant Treasurer to arrange a payment plan.

Note:  The non-refundable deposit of $180 to accept your child’s position will be deducted from the first term fees.

Refunds

The kindergarten is a not-for profit organisation and works to a very tight budget based on class numbers at the beginning of the year.  Each student’s term fees are essential to maintain staff salaries and support the educational programs of the kindergarten.

Therefore term refunds will only be available to those families whose position can be re-filled by a new family for the remainder of the term.

The form of the refund will be the pro-rata remaining term fee less a $25.00 administrative charge.

Fees for multiple births

Where there are twins attending the kindergarten, parents will be eligible for a 25% discount on the fees of the second child.  For multiple births the total term fee shall be calculated at twice the term rate.

Commonwealth Child Care Cash Rebate Scheme

The kindergarten is a registered provider with the Commonwealth Child Care Cash Rebate Scheme.  More information can be found at: httpss://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/child-care-rebate or at your local Medicare office.  Rebate Scheme Receipts are available from the Assistant Treasurer.

Fee waiver policy for eligible children

Families may be eligible to receive a kindergarten subsidy payment.  Details of eligibility for the payment are available from the Department of Education and Training (DET) website at: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/parents/childcare/Pages/fees.aspx

In general terms, where the parent or guardian of a child attending the kindergarten 4 year old program holds certain concession cards or visas that child is eligible for the State Government Kindergarten fee subsidy.

Upon presentation to the Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer of any current and valid card that attracts the kindergarten fee subsidy, the child’s kindergarten fees for the period for which the card is valid shall be amended, thus enabling the child to attend the kindergarten four year old program at a highly reduced cost, or no cost, depending on the Government policy during this period.  A refundable maintenance levy of $50 shall be the sole charge to the parent or guardian; and which shall be refunded upon attendance at one working bee session at the kindergarten during the child’s enrolled year in the four year old kindergarten program (refer to Levy Information).

Fee payment issues

The Assistant Treasurer will issue an email reminder to those families whose fees have not been received by the due date.  If payment is not made, a phone call shall be made to ascertain if assistance is required in facilitating payment of fees.

Negotiations may involve payment by instalment on a weekly or monthly basis if there is a case of financial hardship. Where this is not the case and payment is not received by the start of the new term, then the matter will be referred to the Executive Committee of the Committee of Management and the place may be offered to another family.

Fees for late collection of children

The Committee reserves the right to implement a late-collection of children charge when parents/guardians/carers are frequently late in collecting a child or children. In these situations the following procedures will apply:

The qualified staff member will inform the parents/guardians/carer that if late collection of a child continues, then the Committee will be notified and the family will be charged a late fee the next time it occurs.

If after the reminder, the parent/guardian/career is over 10 minutes late in collecting the child or children at any one session, a fee of $1.00 for every minute, or part thereof, from the conclusion of the session/day will be invoiced by the Assistant Treasurer.

For any questions, please contact our Assistant Treasurer.

Email: assisttreasurer@staugustineskinder.org.au