Information for New Families
Arrangements for children prior to Prep
As Prep is not compulsory, some parents may choose to send their children to an alternative early childhood care and education service.
Prep is part of primary schooling and is provided through state schools and accredited non-state schools.
Parents considering a pre-Prep service for their child should consider the full range of early education and care options available to them and place their child's name on waiting lists if necessary.
Children who participate in a quality early education program, such as kindergarten, enjoy learning experiences and establish relationships that create a strong foundation for their future education.
Queensland Government approved kindergarten programs offer an accredited education program for children in the year before Prep delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher for at least 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year. Approved kindergarten programs can be delivered in a range of settings, including kindergarten and long day care services.
VILLAGE CHILD CARE CENTRE is a Queensland Government approved Kindergarten Program. We call our program Pre-Prep because it is the year before Prep.
You will see us listed as an approved kindergarten program if you visit the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care website
We help get children ready for prep by having supporting relationships with local primary schools and arranging to visit with our pre-prep students. More advice about getting ready for prep is here.
Visit the DETA website to see when your child is eligible to take part in the kindergarten program.
Primary Schools we are in Partnership with
• Mudgeeraba State School
• Clover Hill Primary School
How to apply for Child Care SUBSIDY?
The Government Child Care Subsidy (CCS) can help with child care costs for long day care, outside school hour care and vacation care. To be eligible for CCS families must:
• use approved or registered child care
• be responsible for paying the child care fees
• meet residency and immunisation requirements
More information about CCS and how to apply can be found here.