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How to enrol your child

The earliest point of entry into the programme is for children who have had their 3rd birthday before and inclusive of the 31st of January in the year of attendance – ie. children who turn 3 after this date are ineligible for entry that year.

An application form is available through the preschool office or download one here. Please call the office on 9498 4114 between 9am - 3pm to have it posted to you. We are happy to answer any of your questions or show you around the preschool, just contact the centre for an appointment. 

Please return your application form along with the waitlist fee and a copy of your child's birth certificate or passport.

Please note: The preschool does not carry change, so if the waitlist fee is paid in cash, we would appreciate exact payment.

For more information about the preschool, you can view or download our Information Brochure and Parent Handbook.

Enrolment policy

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Priority 1 - All children currently enrolled at Gordon Community Preschool are offered a priority place for the following year. Within this category, places are offered according to date of application.

Priority 2 - Special circumstance – The decision to offer a special circumstance place is made by the Director in consultation with any or all of the following:

  • Parents of the child
  • Department of Education representative
  • Other professional personnel (Therapist, Doctor etc.)

Priority 3 - Given to children who fall into one or more of the categories as listed below:

  • Children who are at least 4 years old on or before the 31 July in that preschool year and not yet in compulsory schooling

  • Children who are at least 3 years old on or before 31 January and from a disadvantaged background (ie. from a family holding a Health Care Card and/or is Aboriginal)

  • Children with English as a second language (ESL)

  • Children with disabilities

  • Children who are at risk of significant harm (from a child protection perspective)

While GCP places the aforementioned categories among the third of our priority groups, consideration is given to:

  • Date of application
  • Available staffing, budget, resources to appropriately meet the needs of children with specific needs or requirements

Priority 4 - Children who have had a sibling attend the preschool, according to date of application. In order to receive priority parents must put their child’s name on the waiting list before his/her first birthday, otherwise the child’s name will be placed on the list according to date of application only.

Priority 5 - All other eligible children according to date of application. (That is, children who have turned three before January 31st in the year of attendance).

 

Gordon Community Preschool aims to welcome families from all cultures and ethnic backgrounds and to honour and respect diversity.