faq

Frequently Asked Questions

Kinder is different to child care. It is different to playgroup. It is different to school. And we certainly don’t expect you to know everything!

To help you on your way at kinder, we’ve provided answers to some of the most common questions here at SPK.

If you have further questions, please call us on 9889 1543 or email to: summerhill.park.kin@kindergarten.vic.gov.au

If the other person is on your “authorised to collect” list provided as part of your Enrolment and Information Form, it’s all good – just let us know when you signing your child in. However, if this is a new person, you will need to organise to complete the authorisation form PRIOR to the person collecting your child.

Per our Delivery and Collection of Children Policy, we are unable to release a child into the care of an unauthorised person, or a person under 18 years of age. Please visit our Policies page to view the Delivery and Collection of Children Policy.

You need to complete the sign in book every time to deliver or collect your child from kinder. You must sign in the time your child arrives/leaves – not the time the session starts!

If you are on kinder duty, you also need to sign the visitors book.

If your child is quite sick, they need to stay away from kinder for the day. Please call to let us know they will not be attending.

Our Dealing with Infectious Diseases policy sets out the types of illnesses that require you to keep your child home from kinder – and for how long.

If your child shows symptoms of an infectious disease, please let us know as soon as possible so that we may alert other parents to the symptoms. This way, we can minimise the spread of illness in our kinder community.

To review the policy, please visit our Policies page, or you can download a chart from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Yes. You are welcome to call 03 9889 1543 and make an appointment to visit our kinder during a kinder session. Or come and see us on our Open Day in May each year. Keep checking our News page for details.

Enrolments are handled by the Council’s Boroondara Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme (BKCES). For more information, see our Enrol page, visit BKCES or call BKCES on 03 9278 4444.

Fees are reviewed annually. The latest fees can be found on our Sessions page , in our Fees policy (available from our Policies page), or by calling the kindergarten on 03 9889 1543.

Orientation sessions for the following year are established as part of the Information Night and Annual General Meeting (AGM) in October. Parents must attend the AGM to set an orientation date/time and receive a starting times sheet – this provides all the details for your child’s first couple of weeks to settle in at kinder. If you do not have a ‘starting times’ sheet, please call the kindergarten on 9889 1543.

For more information on our orientation process, please click here.

The Maintenance levy is charged per family each year. It is refunded to parents/guardians prior to the end of the kindergarten year after participation in a working bee, volunteering as a member of the Committee of Management or other activity approved by the kindergarten.

We are a community-based kindergarten – and part of being in our community is helping out! Kinder duty gives you the best chance to see your child in action at kinder, watch how they change and grow “outside the family”, and show them that you are interested and support their learning.

When you are on kinder duty, your child is so proud and excited to have you their. It gives both you and your child a chance to share in the learning process, and get to know the other children in your child’s life. It’s also a great opportunity to talk with the teachers about your child’s progress and how they see your child’s development and learning journey.

Plus – there’s painting and playdough and blocks. Who doesn’t love kinder?!

Your child cannot start attending kinder until they have turned 3 years of age. However, you will need to pay the term fee to hold their place until they turn 3.

Given the high demand for 3 year old places in Boroondara, it is unlikely that a second year of 3 year old kindergarten will be available. Parents are asked to seriously consider when it will be appropriate for their child to start attending kinder.

A second year of 4 year old kinder may be available to children who meet the requirements established by the Department of Education and Training. For further information, please speak to your kindergarten teacher or to BKCES.