Session Times & Fees

Session Times & Fees

We provide two 3-year-old programs, our ‘Green and Yellow Joeys’ for 18 children per class. As well as two 4-year-old programs for our ‘Red and Grey Kangaroos’ which are for 22 children each. We have an educator to child ratio of 1:11.

2022 GroupDays and Times2022 Fees
Yellow Joeys
3-Year-Old Group
Mondays and Wednesdays
9am to 3pm
$1210 per term
Green Joeys
3-Year-Old Group
Tuesdays and Fridays
9am to 3pm
$1210 per term
Grey Kangaroos
4-Year-Old Group
Mondays and Wednesdays
8:30am to 4pm
$930 per term
Red Kangaroos
4-Year-Old Group
Tuesdays and Thursdays
8:30am to 4pm
$930 per term

2023 Program

2023 GroupDays and Times2023 Fees^
Yellow Joeys
3-Year-Old Group
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
9am to 3pm
(18 hours)
$1339
per term
Green Joeys
3-Year-Old Group
Tuesdays and Fridays
9am to 3pm
(12 hours)
$772
per term
Grey Kangaroos
4-Year-Old Group
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
8:30am to 4pm
(22.5 hours)
$1860
per term
Red Kangaroos
4-Year-Old Group
Tuesdays and Thursdays
8:30am to 4pm
(15 hours)
$966
per term

Note: Fees may be subject to change. Please see our Fee Policy  for more information.


^The Fees listed are the difference between the Department of Education per capita funding and the budgeted running costs to maintain our not for profit,  incorporated association. 

The difference in fees between programs is due to the number of government funded hours and unfunded hours in each group.

Please note the three day programs (Yellow Joeys and Grey Kangaroos) will likely have different teaching teams on the third day. These teachers will work closely with the lead teacher to create continuity for the program over the three days. 

Excursions and Incursions

The cost of excursions and incursions is included in your fees.

Maintenance Levy

A $250 Maintenance Levy is charged with the Term 1 fee security deposit. The levy is charged once per family per year.

Qualification for Reimbursement
We are a not-for-profit, community pre-school and rely heavily on the contribution of our families to help run the kinder and/or participate in working bees. Getting involved has lots of wonderful rewards and most importantly, may even qualify your family for a reimbursement of the maintenance levy. To qualify, you must have contributed your time doing one of the following:

  • collectively contributed a total of 4 hours assistance at working bees
  • looked after the guinea pig over the school holidays
  • made contributions to the kinder as a committee member
  • other volunteer equitable contribution

There are some tasks (eg. book covering), which can be done after hours at home.

*Families eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy and Early Start Kindergarten are not required to pay the levy. However, we greatly appreciate their participation at working bees or other voluntary services to the kindergarten, if possible.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) Levy

A $50 AGM levy is payable with the Term 1 fee / security deposit. Our AGM is held annually in November and we encourage all parents/carers to attend. This levy is refunded for those who do attend the year prior to commencement, or have provided reasonable apologies ahead of time.

Fundraising

Additional fundraising is undertaken to pay for extra items for the pre-school. Whilst participation in fundraising is voluntary, the support of every family is encouraged and provides a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together.

Government Funding and Concessions

Kindergarten Per Capita Funding
The Victorian Government provides funding to support children to access a high quality kindergarten program in the year before they start school. The funding is a contribution towards meeting the cost of the kindergarten program and is directly provided to the service.

Your child can only be funded for a kindergarten place at one service at any one time and only for one year. In the year your child is enrolled to attend our 3 or 4-year-old kindergarten program, West Hawthorn Pre-school will be claiming funding for your child on your behalf.  If your child will be attending another children’s service that offers a funded kindergarten program, you must tell the other service(s) that West Hawthorn Pre-school will be claiming the government funding for your child.

Kindergarten Fee Subsidy
This funding is provided for children who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, or hold (or their parent) a Humanitarian or refugee Visa, a Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Affairs Card, or are a multiple birth of triplets or more. We charge reduced fees for a child where we can claim this type of funding.

Kindergarten Fee Subsidy 2023 Term Fees
Yellow Joeys $360 per term – Green Joeys $0 per term
Grey Kangaroos $900 per term – Red Kangaroos $0 per term

Second Year Funding
In rare circumstances, some children in the 4-year-old program may obtain a second year of funding. However, this is a difficult process and only for children who are assessed as having two areas of developmental delay. Further information can be found on the Victorian Department of Education and Training website. There is no second year funding for children in the 3-year-old program so they cannot repeat a full year.

Early Start Kindergarten
Early Start Kindergarten provides free or low cost kindergarten to eligible 3-year-old children where programs are offered by a qualified teacher. Applications can be made by contacting the pre-school or City of Boroondara’s Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme (BKCES) and asking to access Early Start Kindergarten.

Applications for Early Start Kindergarten funding are made by the service on your behalf and the grant is paid directly to the service. Further information can be found on the Victorian Department of Education and Training website.

Child Care Subsidy (CCS)
West Hawthorn Pre-school is not eligible for the Child Care Subsidy.