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Useful information

FAQ

Location
Hours of Operation
Programs
Educator ratios
Wait List Policy
Priority Enrolment
Acceptance of Offer
Orientation
Uniform
Fees
Notice of Withdrawal
Child Care Subsidy (CCS)
Toilet Training
Immunisation

Location

The Killarney School is located at 71 Belmont Road, Mosman NSW 2088. The School is situated in a converted family home, which provides a welcoming environment for our young children for whom the classroom is not too dissimilar from home.

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Hours of Operation

The hours of operation are between 8:30am and 3:00pm and follow the NSW public school term dates. The preschool does not provide before/after/holiday care.

Programs

The Killarney School operates a three-day program (Monday to Wednesday) for children aged 4 by 31 January and a two-day program (Thursday and Friday) for children aged 3 by 31 January. The majority of children complete the two year program prior to commencing Kindergarten. By aiming to offer a two-year program, close bonds are created between Educators, children and their families.

Educator ratios

All our educators are qualified and have undergone specialist training in Early Childhood Education. 


There are 3 Educators per day with a class of 25 children and 1 Educator per day on programming.

Wait List Policy

Upon receipt of the completed form and application fee, the applicant’s name will be added to the Waiting List of applicants seeking entry to The Killarney School Ltd, in the year and level as indicated. 


Placement on the Waiting List will not necessarily result in an offer of enrolment. Please note that to qualify for the 2 day program, a child must have turned 3 before 31 January of the entry year and to qualify for the 3 day program, a child must have turned 4 before 31 January of the entry year. Children can be placed on the waitlist from birth.


Offers for places for the following year start around May. The time frame is an indication only and may vary slightly from year to year.


Should applicants not be offered a place they are given the option of staying on the Waiting List should a place become available at a later date.


The school is unable to give families any information as to their place on the waiting list or the likelihood of a place until the end of the offering process, at which time they will be notified in writing.


There is no appeals procedure should you be unsuccessful in your application. 


Places are keenly sought and it is advisable to submit your completed application as soon as possible.


It is the responsibility of the Parents/Guardians to advise the school of changes to address and/or telephone numbers.  At any stage of the enrolment process, should the school be unable to contact the Parents/Guardians we will be unable to further progress this application. Any changes of address or contact details must be forwarded to the General Manager - Finance in writing by letter or email (admin@killarneyschool.com.au)

Priority Enrolment

Places of enrolment are offered in the order in which applications are received, subject to the following:

• Preference being given to siblings of students who currently attend or have attended the school providing their applications are received prior to the offer of placement process and within one year of the sibling leaving Killarney.

• Preference being given to children of alumni, providing their applications are received prior to their child’s first birthday.

• All other applications being processed in the order in which applications are received and taking into account the priority guidelines as set down by the State government.

Acceptance of Offer

You will be contacted via email and follow up telephone call in May of the year prior to commencement with an offer of a position in the 2 day program.


Offers for the 3 day program usually commence in September.

If your child is offered a place you will be required to complete an Acceptance of Offer form and provide the School with a non-refundable Acceptance Fee of $500.00 to confirm your child’s place.

Orientation

Orientation is an important start for your child and family to connect to our school. 


Prior to commencement at The Killarney School, children and parents will be invited to an orientation morning where they will have the opportunity to come and explore the indoor and outdoor learning areas, meet the Educators, other children in their group and parents. 


This gives you and your child the opportunity to gain an understanding of our program, the layout of the classroom, where to find things, provide Educators with additional information about your child and how we can best support their transition and settling period.

Uniform

The Killarney School children are instantly recognisable in their brown gingham uniforms, which they wear to school with pride. The brown uniform was introduced in the early 1920’s and is part of the School’s unique character. Not only is the uniform a wonderful way of introducing children to the traditions of school, it also provides a sense of belonging.


The summer and winter uniforms may be purchased from the School at orientation. Depending on availability, a small amount of second hand uniforms are also available to purchase.


Please note that a new uniform was introduced in 2017 with the old uniform design no longer accepted as of January 2020. 

Fees

The School is a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee. The elected Board of Directors manages the School and establishes the level of fees and other matters related to enrolments. 

To ensure the School can meet its financial commitments as and when they fall due, it is essential that school fees are paid by the due date by all school families.  Failure to do so may compromise the financial viability of the School.  

Payment can be made by cheque, credit card (Visa or Mastercard – a merchant fee charge of 1.0% will be applied) or direct deposit.

Components of Fees

All matters regarding fees are treated as confidential. Invoices are sent out via email during Week 1 of each term and fees are payable within 14 days of receiving the invoice.  Fees are payable for public holidays and sick days. No fees are charged during the school holidays.

Daily rate tuition fee – the level of the fee is determined by the number of days per week the child attends and whether they have turned 4 by 31 July of the year enrolled. The current fee as at 1 January 2019 is $61 per day for children who turn 4 by 31 July and $71 per day for children who turn 4 after 31 July.

Equity funded daily rate tuition fee – this fee is stipulated in guidelines issued by the Department of Education and supported and approved by the Board of Directors. It is a reduced daily fee which is applicable only to those children who have qualified and been approved to received Equity Funding as part of the Government Start Strong Equity Funding program. The fee as at May 2018 is $10 per day.

Building fund donation – a requested donation to the Killarney School building fund (AF1595C-SF6123) is included each term. The donation is set by the Board of Directors and is tax deductible (currently $100 per term)

Incursion fee – occassionally, if an incursion has not been budgeted for, a small amount will be charged where needed, in the appropriate term

Sundry Fee – an amount of $43 is charged to the Term 1 invoice to cover the cost of the Christmas lunch for the children ($8), the Mothers Day stall ($5), Fathers Day stall ($5), and the school kitty ($25) which is used for purchasing birthday gifts for the Educators and gifts for parents at Killarney who have had a new baby.

Mothers Day / Fathers Day Fee – an amount of $13 is charged to your Term 1 invoice to cover the cost of a gift and a gift bag which your child will purchase for you from the Mothers / Fathers Day Stalls. This fee is to alleviate the pressure on parents having to source and buy a gift to contribute to the activity.

Parent Committee Levy – Term 1 and 2 tuition invoices include a compulsory charge to cover the cost of our annual fundraiser. A charge of $120 will appear on both these tuition invoices. Single parent families will be invoiced for Term 1 only. If you are unable to attend the annual fundraiser, your levy will be treated as a donation to the school and you will be provided with a tax invoice. If the Parent Committee decides that only one levy is sufficient to cover the cost of the fundraiser, the subsequent Term 2 levy will not be charged.

Key FOB – a fob is required to access the front door of the School during opening hours. All new families will be charged $30 per fob. A refund of $10 per FOB will be provided upon return of each FOB. 

Overdue Fees

It is essential that school fees be paid by the due date. If fees are not paid on time, the School will send an email requiring the payment in full of all outstanding fees within 7 days of the date of the email.  If the outstanding amount is not paid within this time, the School will process a credit card transaction for the outstanding fees in accordance with the credit card authority held on file.

If the credit card payment is declined, a late fee of $50.00 will be added to your outstanding fee balance; and the School may issue a further email stating that your child’s attendance at the School will be suspended from the date which is 7 days after the date of the email.

If the fees remain unpaid at the expiry of the 7 day period referred to in the second email, your child’s attendance at the School will be suspended; your child’s Storypark portfolio access will be removed; and your fob will be cut off.

Financial Hardship

Please note that families experiencing genuine hardship or difficulties concerning the payment of school fees should immediately contact the Teaching Director or General Manager - Finance, and assistance may be available.

Notice of Withdrawal

One whole term’s notice in writing is required when withdrawing a child from the School during the year. Where the notice is not received, the balance of the full term’s fee is payable.

Where notice of withdrawal is given for the last term of the 3 day program, the full terms fees are payable unless the position can be filled by another student. 

Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

As of July 2018, the Government does not provide any child care subsidy for children attending preschool. The CCS is only provided to children attending a long day care, occasional care, family day care or outside school hours care.

Toilet Training

All children who start at The Killarney School must be toilet trained. We are unable to accept children in nappies as we have no nappy changing facilities. From time to time there are children with special needs or different circumstances. Please speak to the director if your child is not toilet trained.

We ask that 2 pairs of spare underwear are sent in daily with children in the event of an accident.

Immunisation

Children are required to be fully immunised, or to have approved documentation stating a reason why their immunisation is not up to date, upon commencement at the school, otherwise the offer of a place may be withdrawn.

Please refer to the NSW health department web site for further information: Childcare Immunisation requirements