Frequently Asked Questions
Scroll through the questions and answers below or you may choose to download the latest version of the Parent Information Handbook found on our home page.
Why does my child need to attend preschool?
Extensive research confirms that quality preschools affect the lives of young children in a positive way.
At Zion Preschool we place a strong emphasis on play-based learning. Play-based learning is a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they engage actively with people, objects and representations. (Referenced from The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia). Preschool is a place for children to ‘learn’ about themselves and others.
When should I enrol my child?
Children are eligible to begin preschool once they turn four years of age. As Gawler is a growing community, it is advisable to enrol your child within their first or second year after birth.
Please note that in 2013, DECD (Department for Education and Child Development) introduced “same first day” intake. To begin preschool in Term 1, children must turn 4 years on or before 30th April. If your child turns 4 years after this date, they must wait until Term 1 of the following year to begin preschool.
For more information or to download a fact sheet, visit: www.earlyyears.sa.edu.au and search same first day.
How do I know when my child will start school?
In all DECS (Government Schools), children must be 5 years of age on or before 30th April of that year.
Please seek clarification with Non-Government (private) schools regarding when children can start school.
Do you offer Pre-entry Sessions?
Since the introduction of Universal Access in 2012, we no longer offer pre-entry sessions. Friday sessional preschool now take the place of what used to be pre-entry sessions.
We encourage you to attend playgroup prior to your child beginning preschool.
When should my child attend Playgroup?
Children can attend playgroup with their parent/guardian from the age of of 0-5 years.
For more information about playgroup click here.
How do I enrol my child at Zion Preschool?
You need to fill in a preliminary enrolment form and return it to us.
You can find out more information and download an enrolment form by clicking here.
Does it cost to enrol my child at Zion Preschool?
We do ask for an application fee of $25 with your enrolment to secure your position. This fee assists with the administration costs of contacting families prior to their child starting pre-entry. The fee is non refundable except under exceptional circumstances.
The fee can be paid via bank transfer (details on the form) or by forwarding a cheque. Alternatively you may come into the preschool and pay. Do not post cash payments.
What happens if a space for my child is unavailable?
We encourage parents to enrol their children as early as possible so that we can make the necessary arrangement regarding staff numbers etc to cater to the children that are looking to enrol.
If in the unfortunate event we don’t have a space for your child we will refund your enrolment fee?
How much does it Cost?
Zion Preschool is first and fore mostly a private Christian preschool. We are affiliated with the Department of Education and Children’s Services (DECD), which pay our staff salaries. All other costs in the day to day running of the preschool, are met through fees and fundraising.
Zion preschool council sets the fees each year. As at 2016, the fees are as follows:-
All fees are per term unless stated otherwise.
- Sessional Preschool $185
- Stationary Fee $20
- Playgroup $5 per session per family
*children can access 30 hrs of preschool per fortnight
What is taught at preschool?
At Zion Preschool we follow ‘The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia’. It is a national early learning framework for children from birth to five years. The framework describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming. It supports the importance of ‘play’, as it gives children opportunities to explore and learn about the world around them. It also allows them to discover, imagine and create.
For further information, log onto www.deewr.gov.au/earlychildhood, or ask us for a parent brochure.
How is a Christian preschool different from other preschools?
Zion Preschool is unique in being able to freely share the Good News of Jesus with the children and their families. We aim to share this in the following ways:-
- following a Christian curriculum
- Bible stories
- Easter/Christmas story
- Pastors visit
What are the session times?
Please download the current Parent Information Handbook for this years session times. See clickable image in the sidebar to the right.
How does the preschool ensure that my child will be safe?
Zion Preschool has a Duty of Care Policy which states that all staff values every child and is committed to their safety and well being. This is adhered to in the following ways:-
- children are supervised at all times both indoors and outdoors.
- equipment is in good working order and it’s safe use is explained to the children on a regular basis.
- the preschool is securely fenced with a child safe lock on the gate.
- children are only able to leave with adults, which are named on their enrolment form.
- parents/caregivers are always contacted if there are any concerns.
- the preschool had clothing requirements for safe play.
What if my child has special needs?
Consultation between the family, support services and the preschool will need to take place prior to the child beginning. Zion Preschool aims to ensure that every child’s needs are catered for.
What can parents do to assist?
At Zion Preschool staff believe that parents are the most important people in a child’s upbringing. They have a wealth of knowledge about their children. We encourage parents to chat with staff on a regular basis and we always love having parents come into to help during preschool sessions. No question or concern is ever a silly one.
Does the preschool have a uniform?
We do have a uniform though it is not mandatory but there are requirements to the types of clothing that your child should wear to preschool. To find out more please read our page about uniforms.