Extended Care Program

Chelsea Heights Kindergarten is pleased to offer an Extended Care program to enrolled families. Sessions are offered every day of the week (times and pricing) specified in the table below).

 

These sessions are mixed aged sessions from both 3 and 4 year old classes, providing children the opportunity to make friends from other groups. This is positive for their social development, will help in their school transition and also brings the kinder community together. Sessions are fully supervised by our extended care educators, Olga and Susan and have a maximum of 22 children. Positions will be allocated on a ‘first in, first served’ basis, based on Chelsea Heights Kinder receiving the completed enrolment form and the accompanying deposit.

What to bring to extended care

In addition to all your child’s kinder items please pack the following: 

Children will require an additional healthy lunch box. If there is anything in the lunch box needing to stay cold, please ensure an ice pack is included in the lunch box to keep the food chilled for an extended period.  

Extra snack – Depending on your child’s individual food intake needs, some children require an additional healthy snack for afternoon tea.  

Blanket/Sheet – As children have the opportunity for rest time during extended care some children like to have a blanket/sheet.

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The children enrolled in a kinder session, whose session is immediately before the Extended Care session, can move seamlessly into the extended care group without a parent/guardian attending the transition if enrolled in the Extended Care program. This results in a full day’s care from 8.30am or 9:15am – 5.30pm. All CHK enrolled children are eligible to attend any Extended Care Session regardless of their kinder group.

Please note that the Extended Care program is an additional cost. We have based these fees purely around the cost of operating the service, as we are a not for profit organisation. Extended Care fees are paid on a per-term basis, invoiced before the term starts. The Extended Care session is offered dependent on minimum enrolment numbers and is subject to change based on these numbers. Every effort will be made to advise parents/guardians prior to changes being implemented. Unfortunately, the Extended Care program does not qualify for the Child Care Subsidy Rebate from Centrelink.

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required when you complete the enrolment form as part of the enrolment process. If your application is successful, your child will be booked in for the term. The deposit will be deducted from your Term 1 fees. It will not be refunded if you withdraw your child from the program early. However, your deposit will be returned to you should your application for a position be unsuccessful (ie. The group has reached full capacity). Payment for the full duration of the session is required, regardless of whether your child is collected before 5:30pm. We now offer payment plans and direct debit options. For any enquires about extended care please email our Extended Care Coordinator extended.care@chelseaheightskinder.vic.edu.au.

 

Please see the below tables for Extended Care sessions and fees.

 2022 Times and Fees

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2023 Times and Fees

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Terms & Conditions

· Children will not be admitted if they are deemed sick or contagious. This is at the discretion of the Supervisor. The state of health of the child must be declared by the parent/guardian on arrival.
 

· In the event that children are collected late from Extended Care, a late fee of $10 per 15 minutes will apply. Children are available for collection prior to the session end.
 

· Once you are booked in, our extended care officer will check with you before the new term starts if you'd like to continue extended care for the next term. 


· The Extended Care session times are offered dependent on minimum enrolment numbers and every effort will be made to advise parents/guardians prior to any changes to the service.


· You are bound by the same kindergarten policies, procedures and authorisations you provided within your child’s kindergarten enrolment documentation.

Payment for the full duration of the session is required, regardless of whether your child is collected before 5:30pm.

 

Refunds for extended care term bookings. 

We will not refund fees in any of the following circumstances:  

  • child’s illness  

  • Public holidays 

  • family holiday during operational times  

  • closure of the service for one or more days when a qualified educator is absent and a qualified reliever is not available  

  • closure of the service for staff training days  

  • closure of the service due to extreme and unavoidable circumstances  

  • where a family chooses not to send their child for the maximum hours for which they are enrolled.