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Free Kinder For 2024

 

The Victorian Government has committed $9 billion to expand kindergarten programs across the state. As part of this initiative, “Free Kinder” will be available for all Victorian three and four year old children at participating services to allow every Victorian child to get the best start in life no matter where they live.

Summerhill Park Kindergarten will be opting into this initiative in 2024, offering 15 hours of “Free Kinder” per week to families.

The funds provided by the government fall short of our ongoing operating costs, so to ensure we can continue to offer our high quality program, we request a voluntary contribution from our families to go towards class materials, supplies, incursions, and administration. These are outlined below.

In addition, while we will be offering 15 hours per week of kindergarten at no cost under the Free Kinder Initiative, for the hours above 15 hours per week a gap fee applies. 

2024 Timetable and Fees

Red

3 Year Old Program

 

2 days per week

Wednesdays & Fridays  8:30am - 4:00pm

15 hours

Voluntary contribution of $350 per term

Blue

4 Year Old Program

 

2 days per week

Mondays & Tuesdays

8:30am - 4:00pm

15 hours

Voluntary contribution of $350 per term

Yellow

4 Year Old Program

 

2 days per week

Tuesdays & Thursdays

8:30am - 4:00pm

15 hours

Voluntary contribution of $350 per term

Green

4 Year Old Program

 

2 days per week

Mondays & Thursdays

8:30am - 4:00pm

15 hours

Voluntary contribution of $350 per term

Purple

4 Year Old Program

 

3 days per week

Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays  

8:30am - 4:00pm

22.5 hours*

Fee of $1200 per term

 

* Our Purple 4 year old group kinder program is based on 22.5 hours of kindergarten. The fees for this group reflect the hours offered beyond those subsidised as part of the "Free kinder" program.  For those wishing to attend 15 hours only of kinder, we would recommend our Blue, Yellow and Green 4 year old groups.

Our 2023 Sessions

Blue

4 Year Old Group

TUESDAY

8:30am - 4:00pm

THURSDAY

8:30am - 4:00pm

$1000 per term

Yellow

4 Year Old Group

MONDAY

8:30am - 4:00pm

WEDNESDAY

8:30am - 4:00pm

$1000 per term

Red

3 Year Old Group

FRIDAY

8:30am - 1:30pm

$450 per term

$200 maintenance levy - refundable against family contribution at kindergarten events

Healthcare card holders and Early Start Kindergarten children will continue to access free kindergarten at SPK (up to 15 hours)

* All kindergarten fees and sessions may change from year to year & should be used as a guide only

Meet our Teacher

Meet our Teachers

SPK employs staff with the appropriate early childhood qualifications and experience to meet regulatory requirements.

Megan is a kindergarten teacher with 16 years’ experience. She has two secondary school aged boys who attended Summerhill Park Kindergarten & Megan was a member of the committee at that time. She has been employed with SPK since 2009.

 

Megan bases her program on encouraging children’s creative expression through open ended experiences, developing healthy relationships & expanding upon the children’s ideas & interests.

Megan Bennett 
Educator of Blue Group


 

(Bachelor Early Childhood Education)

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Megan Bennet
Director / Educator of Yellow Group
 

Christine has 30 years’ experience as a kindergarten teacher, enjoying 23 of those at Summerhill Park Kindergarten. Christine enjoys the children’s creative thinking & loves to provide an open-ended creative program that encourages the children to extend on their individual skills. She enjoys lots of singing with the children to encourage language & concentration skills.

Christine Pritenang
Educator of Red Group

 

(DipEd Early Childhood Education)

Amanda Hood
Educator of Yellow Group

(Bachelor Early Childhood Education)

Amanda is a kindergarten teacher with over 15 years' experience.  She loves incorporating loose parts, natural resources and open ended materials into her play program, allowing for endless opportunities for the children to express their creative, imaginative and curious ideas.  Her play program allows for the children to be challenged and inspired, with an emphasis on embracing independence, fostering friendships and consolidating knowledge.  Amanda also has a passion for group experiences where children and educators gather together as a community of learners and share learning, stories, songs, dances, skills, reflections, mindful moments and more!

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