Kindergarten Fees and Charges

Kindergarten Fees

The provision of kindergarten programs is partly funded by the State Government with the balance of funds required coming from fees paid by parents. To view our kindergarten fees, click please view our timetable page:

Session Timetable 2022

For children/families who meet the criteria, further assistance with fees is available. Please view subsidies section below for further information

Kindergarten Charges

  • Holding Deposit ($100): Parents/guardians are required to pay a $100 holding deposit on offer of a place. This one off deposit payment (per child) is retained and deducted from your first fee invoice. Payment will secure the child’s place in the kindergarten program. If a place is cancelled prior to the child attending, this deposit WILL NOT be refunded.

Fee Information for Families 2022

Fees vary depending on the programs offered and the hours per week your child attends.

As a not-for-profit organisation, we are committed to providing a high-quality service and education to all children and families, while keeping our fees as low as possible.

The Department of Education and Training (DET) provides a contribution towards kindergarten fees through a number of initiatives. These are available in The Kindergarten Funding Guide. For GEKA, DET funding is allocated as follows:

    • Per Capita Funding – a contribution towards the costs of delivering three year old kindergarten (up to five hours) and four-year-old kindergarten (up to 15 hours) programs. Income from other sources, primarily fees, is required to meet all the additional costs incurred.
    • DET provides Kindergarten Fee Subsidy funding that enables eligible children to attend five hours of 3 year old kindergarten and fifteen hours of a 4 year old kindergarten program free of charge.
    • DET provides Early Start Kindergarten funding that enables eligible children to attend 15 hours of free or low-cost kindergarten for two years before starting HERE

Payment of Fees

Kindergarten Fee Invoicing Schedule 2022

Period Start Finish Length Fees Invoiced Fees Paid by
Term 1 31 Jan students back
(28 Jan teachers back)
08 April 10 Weeks 15 November 25 November
School Holidays 09 April 25 April
Term 2 26 April 24 June 9 Weeks 01 March 11 March
School Holidays 25 June 10 July
Term 3 11 July 16 September 10 Weeks 30 May 09 June
School Holidays 17 September 02 October
Term 4 03 October 20 December 11 Weeks 22 August 01 September
School Holidays 21 December 2022 26 January 2023 1
  • Invoices are emailed to families a minimum of four weeks prior to the commencement of term and must be paid by the date indicated on the invoice.
  • Each invoice will be accompanied with payment instructions
  • Payment can be made by credit card/debit card, or direct debit into GEKA’s nominated bank account on the invoice.
  • Payment must be made in full prior to a child’s commencement at a service.
  • For children enrolled after the commencement of a term, a pro rata invoice will be issued and must be paid prior to a child’s commencement at a service.
  • Concession card holders must provide a copy of their concession card (scan/take photo) to the Customer Relations Team at enrolments@gekaoffice.org.au to receive the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy. To can see if you are eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy (free or reduced fees) HERE
  • If your child’s commencement at kindergarten is delayed due to insufficient enrolment documentation being provided (including an up-to-date Immunisation History Statement) full term fees will be charged until the documentation is provided, or the place may be offered to another child.
  • A statement of fees and charges for three year old or four year old kindergarten will be provided to families on enrolment.
  • Families experiencing financial difficulties can contact the GEKA Customer Service Team.
  • GEKA will regularly review payment options and procedures to ensure that they are inclusive and sensitive to families’ cultural and financial situations.
  • As part of the budget development process, the Board sets fees each year for the programs of the service, taking into consideration:
    • the financial viability of the service
    • the level of government funding provided for the program
    • the availability of other income sources, such as grants
    • the fees charged by similar services in the area
    • the capacity of parents/guardians to pay fees

OVERDUE ACCOUNT AND LATE PAYMENT FEES

If fees are not paid by the due date, the following steps will be taken:

    • A reminder and copy of the invoice is emailed to families
    • For unpaid invoices still outstanding three days and six days after the invoice due date, families will be emailed another copy of the invoice. This will be followed by a phone call and/or text message calling for immediate payment of arrears.
    • If an account is overdue by by one week and the family has not made suitable payment arrangements the child’s place at the service may be withdrawn
    • If a decision is made to withdraw the child’s place at the service, the parents/guardians will be provided with seven days’ notice in writing.
    • Families experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to talk to the GEKA Customer Relations Team who can support the set up of a payment plan that is designed to clear debts
    • The GEKA Fees Policy is available for your review at your child’s service or on our website HERE
    • Under exceptional circumstances, the above can be waived with approval from the CEO

REFUND OF FEES

    • Four weeks’ notice prior to term is required to withdraw a child from kindergarten. If such notice is not given, TERM FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE. Notice must be given to the Customer Relations Team at enrolments@gekaoffice.org.au
    • If a family becomes eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy during a term (including holding a current Concession Card), a full refund of the applicable term fees will be provided.
    • No refund of fees will be provided in the following circumstances:
    • notification via email (to enrolments@gekaoffice.org.au for ) of a withdrawal less than four weeks to a term commencing
    • a child’s short-term 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
    • when a family chooses not to send their child to the program for the maximum number of hours for which the child is enrolled.
    • Under exceptional circumstances, the above can be waived with approval from the CEO

DO YOU NEED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?

Families experiencing additional stresses, including financial hardship are encouraged to talk to our Customer Relations Team. In some circumstances a payment plan may be set up.

The Privacy and Confidentiality Policy of the service will be complied with at all times in relation to a family’s financial/personal circumstances.

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