Children attend the year before they are eligible to go to school. Children generally need to be turning 4 by the 31st July to attend in that year. Children who turn 4 after 31st July attend the following year. Some children do come for 2 years if they are born in Feb-July and the family feels the children would benefit from another year at preschool. Priority will be given to children who must go to school the following year.
Our funding agreement with Department of Education requires us to firstly offer spots to those children eligible to go to school the following year. However, if vacancies remain after all 4 year old children have been offered a position at our kindergarten, positions will then be offered to 3 year old children but with a higher fee for children turning 4 after 31st July who are not from families with a Low Income Health Care Card, Pension Card or who are not from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background. Note: Effective 1 January 2019, The NSW State Government will also fund 3 year olds, but only at 25% of the funding received for 4 year olds, increasing to 50% in 2022.
Enrol now –
- Preschool education for your child in the year prior to school
- Long standing, highly experienced and qualified teachers and educators
- Friendly families who will welcome you as part of the Preschool community
- The same children attend the same days in the same class with the same teachers
- Subsidies available for 3 and 4 year old children for families with a Health Care Card and children from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background
Phone us to organise a tour – 9982 6167
Alternatively, please click on the relevant links below to download an Application Form or our Enrolment policy:
CPCK Application Form – PDF format – for you to download, print and send to us
CPCK Application Form – Word Format. For you to download, open in Word, complete, save it on your computer and email it so us.
We encourage families to visit the preschool where we can show you what we offer, explain what we do and answer any questions you may have. We ask that parents ring beforehand to make a time to visit.
Priority of Access
CPCK will follow the Priority of Access Guidelines at all times when enrolling children. The waiting list application will reflect these guidelines to ensure that enrolment at our Preschool is provided to families using these priorities.
Priority of access guidelines followed by state funded preschools are defined by NSW State Government funding agreements. In no particular order, these are:
In some cases a child who has attended CPCK for a year may complete an additional year at pre-school if it is deemed developmentally inappropriate for them to enter school.
The decision to offer a special circumstance place is made by the Director in consultation with the:
• Parents of the child
• Children’s Service Advisor (from DoE)
• Appropriate professional personnel
• Children who are at risk of harm
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
• Children from low income families
• Children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
• Children with disabilities
• Socially isolated families
• Children in their year before school in the order of registration on the Waiting list.
The ‘year before school’ determines a preschool aged child with preference given to children who turn five by the 31st July in the year of Kindergarten attendance.
• Families who have had a sibling at the centre
• Children who are not of preschool age but whose parents(s) wish for them to attend Preschool for 2 years. This is dependent upon the wait list being exhausted of all children according to the Priority of Access Guidelines. However, fees for children who are not preschool age will be higher than for Preschool aged children. This is as a result of the NSW state government removing all funding for all non-equity 3 year old children from Community based Preschools and Kindergartens in October 2013. Note: Effective 1 January 2019, the NSW Government has reinstated funding for 3 year olds, but only at 25% of the funding received for 4 year olds, increasing to 50% in 2022.
CPCK endeavours to meet the needs of the children and families in our community while complying with the above guidelines.