Attendance Options

The Centre operates during school terms. Children enjoy the stability of the same group of children with their teacher and educator each day, interacting and building relationships with the children every day.

Mitchelton Pre-Schooling Centre offers places to our target group, children 3.5 years to 4.5 years (the year prior to children attending Prep in a school-based environment). We also offer a kindergarten group for 22 children who have turned 3 by 31st January.

Kindergarten groups (3.5yrs to Prep):

Unit 1 – 2 days per week (7.5 hrs per day) –  Monday and Tuesday   8.30am to 4.00pm

Unit 1 – 3 days per week (5.5 hrs per day) –  Wed, Thurs and Friday 9.00am to 2.30pm

Unit 2 – 3 days per week (6 hrs per day) –  Mon, Tues and Wed     8.45am to 2.45pm

Unit 2 – 2 days per week (7.5 hrs per day) –  Thursday and Friday    8.30am to 4.00pm

Unit 3 – 3 days per week (5.5 hrs per day) –     Mon, Tues and Wed     9.00am to 2.30pm

Kindy program for 3 year olds (children who have turned 3 by 31st January):

MPC 3’s – 2 days per week (5.5 hrs per day) –  Thursday and Friday    8.45am to 2.15pm

Before and After Kindy Care:

B & A Care will operate every day during term time from 7.00am to 9.00am and 2.15pm to 5.30pm

Enroling Your Child

Children may be enrolled at our centre from birth. It is highly recommended that you enrol your child as soon as convenient to have the greatest choice of group options.

MPC offers kindergarten places to 110 children and 22 places to 3 year olds (turning 3 by 31st January in year of attendance).

As not all children who are eligible for the target-aged groups (year before Prep) are eligible for the MPC 3’s group, enrolment offers for the target-aged groups will be made strictly according to the waiting list order. If you are enrolling your child for the MPC 3’s group, please ensure you have also enrolled them for the target-aged group the following year.

Please note, if you are completing the enrolment waiting list for the 2024 MPC3’s group, it is well-subscribed and there are now no guaranteed places available for 2024.  Please phone or email the office for more information.

Choice of groups is also according to waiting list order.

If parents feel their child in the target-aged groups is not ready to attend Prep, there is an option to have an additional year at kindergarten.

The names on the waiting list are kept in chronological order on receipt of applications together with a non-refundable $15.00 fee. All enrolment offers are made strictly in accordance with the waiting list and the number of vacancies available. MPC does not have a sibling policy.

Waiting list forms can be submitted online using link below:

Please note that a separate form must be submitted, and fee paid, for both programs (MPC 3’s and Kindy).

You are also most welcome to drop into our Kindy on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 9.30am and 12pm and we will happily show you around our centre!

Before and After Kindy Care

Before and After Kindy Care has been established to meet the needs of our community in providing extended hours of care. The Before and After Kindy Care program is available to all children attending our centre and aims to provide a relaxed, caring environment before and/or after their day program.

Parents who have used this service in the past have appreciated the high level of interaction the children receive in this safe environment. Another benefit for some children has been the opportunity to practice social skills within smaller groups.

Hours of operation:

Every morning: 7:00am to 9:00am
Every afternoon: 2:30pm to 5:30pm (2.15pm on Thursday and Fridays)

 

Playgroup

Saturday morning playgroup at MPC in 2023.

Our playgroup is facilitated by one of our current Educators, Jo Ward, and caters for children up to 5 years old. Playgroup operates on selected Saturdays throughout the school term from 9.00am to 10.30am.  See below for dates.

Cost:  $10.00 per session per family. Payable on the morning by Cash or Card.

Families do not have to have children enrolled at MPC to attend our playgroup. Come along and enjoy our playgroup amongst our natural outdoor play spaces!

2023 Term 1 and 2 Playgroup Dates:

February 11th and 25th

March 11th and 25th

April 22nd

May 6th and 20th

June 3rd and 17th

If you would like to register your interest, please email the office admin@mpc.net.au to obtain a current enrolment form, or use the links below to register online.

Playgroup information

Playgroup Family Registration Form Online

2023 Fees Schedule

Kindy program attendance fees per term:

2 days per week program $ 561.25 per term  (7.5 hr day)

3 days per week program $ 654.75 per term  (5.5 hr day)

3 days per week program $ 748.25 per term  (6 hr day)

MPC 3’s 2 days per week program $ 1047.00 per term  (5.5 hr day)

Before and After Kindy Care Fees are:

Casual Use: $12.00 for first hour or part thereof, then charged in 1/2 hr increments
Permanent Sessions:  $ 9.00 for first hour or part thereof, then charged in 1/2 hr increments (no refunds for sick days/non attendance on Permanent bookings)

Kindy Funding

Additional subsidies are available to families who meet one of the criteria below:-

  • have a current Australian Government Health Care Card (HCC), in the parent’s or child’s name
  • have a current Australian Government Pensioner Concession Card, or
  • have a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card or White Card
  • children identifying as being Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Islander
  • Families who are in receipt of Family Tax Benefit A or B

Please contact the office for further information and eligibility guidelines.

(Note: There are no subsidies available towards the cost of attending B & A Care)

 

Parent Handbook

You may access a copy of our current Handbook using the link below.

2023 Parent Information Handbook

School Holidays

As we are not open during school holidays we understand that it can be a challenge for working parents. Care for Kids provides some great ideas and options for care for preschoolers (scroll half way down the page).

In previous years a number of parents have come together to share care with other parents. It’s a great option to help share responsibilities and the children generally entertain each other!

https://www.careforkids.com.au/child-care-articles/article/139/child-care-strategies-for-the-school-holidays

We hope this link will provide some options for the school holidays.

Testimonials

“Professional, considered and child-focused, MPC has become a partner in the parenting journey. The teachers are fantastic at scaffolding interests and providing space to extend and explore. Routine starts at the gate and it’s a warm, inviting space to walk into. My children have always been happy at after kindy care pickup and I really appreciate the updates each week. Highly recommend MPC!”. 2022 Parent (Survey response)

“MPC has been the most wonderful experience for my daughter- the teachers are amazing and so is the program offered. My only regret was not sending my oldest son to MPC! .” 2022 Parent (Survey response)

“My children have loved their time at MPC. They always skipped off smiling and came home with the most amazing stories. The educators are warm and welcoming and very experienced and the facilities and equipment are well thought out and lots of fun. We are sad that our time at MPC has come to an end with our last baby off to school, but MPC will always hold a special place in our hearts and memories. ”  2022 Parent (Survey response)

“Without a doubt, the best preschool centre you can send your child to. It has it all – experienced, knowledgeable and supportive teachers, a fantastic centre with great resources and facilities, and a convenient location with a really fun outdoor space. My daughter has loved her time here. .”  2022 Parent (Survey response)

“MPC is a place for children and their families. Your child will find their own space and place in this caring, connected and experienced educational community. The natural play spaces are well maintained and regularly refreshed with new and challenging play options and the variety of educational experiences offered by the staff is simply unmatched in any other kindergarten environment. We love MPC as an extended part of our family..”  2022 Parent (Survey response)

“Continues to be a hub of excellence in terms of teachers facilities and approaches.”  2022 Parent (Survey response)

“Both of my children have attended MPC. Their year in kindergarten has been amazing. They have enjoyed going each week and it’s been such a positive experience for us as parents to see them grow into capable, confident little people. MPC has provided them with the best introduction to education and well prepared them for starting school.”  2022 Parent (Survey response)

“We love MPC and are so glad we followed everyone’s advice to enrol early! The kids are so lucky to come here!”  2022 Parent (Survey response)

“MPC is the type of Pre-school I remember as a kid of the 90s. Messy play, imaginative play, allowing children to be as creative as they want to be. Children are given the opportunity to take risks in a safe and constructive way. I love that the children are surrounded by nature and are given the opportunity to build on their ideas. It is a beautiful community that feels like one big family.”  2022 Parent (Survey response)