Your child could attend one of our kindergartens for longer, for free - even if they're under 3. An extra 10 hours funding, over and above the funded 20, is available per child, per week: but there are some conditions*.
Why are we doing this?
At Kidsfirst Kindergartens we understand how tough the past few years have been for many of our parents. So we think it’s time to give back.
We want to acknowledge our loyal parents and the support we get from our communities.
How can we afford to do this?
We are a not-for-profit organisation, which means that any money we don’t spend, goes into kindergarten-based initiatives to benefit early childhood education in our regions.
Like any responsible organisation, we keep a buffer of funding (reserves) at all times for emergencies or to put in place special projects or initiatives, for example, building a new kindergarten, ICT upgrades and so on.
In this instance, the Kidsfirst Board has set aside enough funding for the next year to ensure that as many Kidsfirst children as possible have access to kindergarten education.This funding covers the parent portion of any fees over and above the government’s 20 Hours ECE – effectively making kindergarten entirely free for all children, regardless of age.
How long is this offer available?
As it currently stands, the “No Fees” offer is reviewed on an annual basis.
Which children qualify?
All children currently attending our kindergartens and early learning centre have the potential to qualify, subject to some terms and conditions. This also includes children under the age of three years as well as children aged over five years.
*What are the terms and conditions that will apply?
Any children who are three, four, or five years of age and are eligible for 20 Hours ECE from the Ministry of Education, and use those hours only with a Kidsfirst kindergarten i.e. we are getting their 20 Hours ECE.
Children who are not using all their 20 Hours ECE with us are still eligible to attend for FREE for the hours that they are using (and their parents and caregivers might like to increase their hours up to 20 hours if places are available).
Children under the age of three years will no longer attract a fee for their hours, on the understanding that parents and caregivers will commit to use their child’s 20 Hours ECE with Kidsfirst when their child becomes eligible.
The maximum number of free hours per day is limited to six (6).
Settlement or regular repayments of any outstanding debt must be in place before a parent/caregiver can take advantage of the “No Fees” offer. Failure to get up to date with regular payments may jeopardise the “No Fees” offer.
Regular attendance is expected and frequent absences may jeopardise the “No Fees” offer.
How many extra hours under the “No Fees” offer can a child attending one of our kindergartens get?
This will totally depend on the available hours at your kindergarten. The maximum number of FREE hours available to an individual child, however, will be limited to six hours per day.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE ASK YOUR HEAD TEACHER OR CONTACT US AT KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS.