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 DECS)
• 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.
CPCK endeavours to meet the needs of the children and families in our community while complying with the above guidelines.