Welcome to King’s Baptist Grammar School. If you are new to King’s, we hope that this is the start of a positive and enriching time for your child, or children, and your family as members of the King’s Early Learners’ community. If you are already part of the King’s community with older children attending the School, we hope that you will continue to feel part of the King’s extended family.
After extensive research, discussion, and planning, the decision was made by the King’s Baptist Grammar School in partnership with King’s Baptist Church to develop an Early Learning Centre influenced by the inspirational early childhood, educational work and philosophies from Reggio Emilia, Italy. An outstanding team of professionals was employed to take on the privilege of creating an early childhood education centre of excellence at King’s Early Learners. And now, with our beautiful facilities and a newly formed, wonderful team of teachers and co-educators, I’m confident of, and excited by, the prospects for the future. We invite you to join with us on a journey of learning which will provide a strong foundation for the lives of the children in our care.
I look forward to the possibilities that the journey together will bring.
A typical day will follow a flexible routine however an example is outlined below. For more detailed information please view our ELC Parent Handbook.
Centre Opens, children and parents arrive, check-in, and enter the ELC where they are greeted by the educators in the Central Meeting Place.
Learning Community Morning Meetings, followed by inside and/or outside learning opportunities.
Mid-morning healthy snack prepared by groups of children.
Learning continues and may include a visit to the Library, a visit from their Junior School Buddy class, an adventure to our Bush Kindy site, and more.
Lunch – children eat their healthy lunches sent from home.
Relaxation and rest. Some children will sleep and others will have a quiet rest, or individual activity if they have outgrown the need for a sleep.
Learning activities continue.
Afternoon tea – prepared by groups of children. This will include cooking.
Pack-up routines for children so that those leaving at the end of a typical school day are ready.
Children who are staying later will meet together in the Central Meeting Place and continue inside and outside activities until the ELC closes.
Hours of operation: The ELC is open from 7:00 am until 6:00pm, Monday to Friday, for 50 weeks a year. We will be closed for 2 weeks over the Christmas/New Year period and during all Public Holidays. Our staff will finish their duties at 6:00pm and we ask for your cooperation in ensuring your child is picked up prior to this time.
Late collection: Staff will remain with your child for a maximum of 30 minutes after closing during this time every effort will be made to contact you and other authorised people on your enrolment form. In the event that this is unsuccessful, the Department for Child Protection will be contacted for advice and then the Police will be called.
To cater for the busy family, we offer Long Day Care hours to supplement our Early Learning Program for 3 to 5 year olds.
Long Day Care hours will be added to the Early Learning Program fee. These are:
7.00am – 8.30am $12 flat fee
3.30pm – 6.00pm $20 flat fee
Early Learning Program (for all 3-5 year olds) 8.45am – 3:30pm $80 per day
The 4 year old (traditional Kindy) program requires a minimum commitment of 30 hours (5 days) per fortnight during school term time, if King’s is your only Kindergarten Program being accessed.
Drop off from 8.30am, pick up by 3.30pm.
School Holiday Program 7.00am – 6.00pm $85 per day
Holiday program applies to all school holiday periods excluding the two weeks of the site closure over the Christmas – New Year period and all public holidays
As an approved Centre-based care service you are eligible to claim a rebate under the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). To apply for the CCS please register online via the Centrelink page at my.gov.au. Please ensure you are registered with Centrelink and issued with a Customer Reference Number (CRN) for yourself and each child attending the Early Learning Centre. The Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to King’s Early Learners to reduce the fees you pay. Information about the Child Care Subsidy for new families is available from the Department of Human Services website.
Playgroup is also available for children from birth to 5 years accompanied by a parent/guardian each Monday and Wednesday from 9:30am-11:00am during the school terms. Fee is $5.50 per week, per family. Bookings can be made through the King’s Baptist Church website: **Playgroup does not qualify for the CCS.
Your child will be enrolled in the King’s ELC on your chosen days for 50 weeks of the year from 8.30am- 3.30pm (the Centre is open from 7.00am – 6.00pm, Monday to Friday if you require long day care). The ELC will close for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period. Fees are not charged for the two weeks the Centre is closed over this Christmas break. During the school holidays a school holiday rate applies. This is a flat rate of $80 per day, but children can attend from 7am-6pm without the additional long day care rates. This is standard practice amongst many Early Learning Centres. The holiday program applies to all school holiday periods excluding the two weeks of the site closure over the Christmas to New Year period and all public holidays during the year.
The King’s Early Learners Playgroup meets within our wonder-filled ELC. Children have access to the art, construction, and imaginative play resources that are provided to all at King’s Early Learners. The children will also access the outdoor learning spaces to enjoy our creek, stage, sandpit, and gardens. Our Playgroup will be a supported playgroup where the ELC Director will be working in partnership with the Children and Family Ministry Director from King’s Baptist Church. They will work together to program and provide rich play opportunities for children from Birth to 5+ and their adult/s. The adults will delight in playing and learning alongside their children and be encouraged in their parenting/caregiving journey. Resources and activities are available to develop the joy of early language and literacy development, music and dance, science and early mathematics, and the visual arts.
King’s Early Learners acknowledges that parents are the child’s first teacher and honour the role that parents and families play in the important early years of development.
Our program supports families to become more involved in their child’s learning. This is achieved by providing a stimulating range of activities that will enable children to be challenged, take safe risks, and grow by allowing them to:
Our Playgroup runs every Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 am until 11:00 am. This time is filled with exploration, play-based investigations, fruit time and stories and songs for parents and children to enjoy.
We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our ELC. For bookings and more information please go to the King’s Baptist Church website.