St John’s Early Childhood Service
77 Queen Street, Auburn NSW 2144
0436 810 637 or 02 9166 8984 or 02 9166 8985
Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Ages: 3 to 6 years old
I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a preschool in such a family-oriented community.
I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than 34 years as a school counselor in Egypt, teacher and Centre Director. My experience as a Centre Director has been shaped by years of successful leadership as room leader, second in charge, and Centre Director. I am excited to bring my skills as a Centre Director to St John’s Early Childhood Service in Auburn and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure the children’s success.
Along with the teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established at Sydney Catholic Early Childhood Services by building strong relationships with parents, children and our community partners.
As your Centre Director, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors – teachers, children and parents – are excited to be here. This attitude enables us to meet excellence in a positive, fun and nurturing environment. My door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to stop in, call or email me to discuss any suggestions, or ideas to help make this the best centre.
Director – Early Childhood Teacher
St John’s Early Childhood Service Philosophy
Children: We believe that the early childhood years is the most crucial time of a child’s life, therefore, we strive for each child to feel safe, secure and respected with their rights honored and protected. These elements are the foundations of our service pedagogy. “When children feel safe, secure and supported they grow in confidence to explore and learn.” (p.20 EYLF)
Educators: We believe each educator is to be valued and respected as an individual. Their skills, knowledge, values, beliefs and expertise are all fundamental to a collaborative professional working environment. Embracing this culture of acceptance within the team supports and encourages educators to develop and grow both personally and professionally. We believe building collaborative partnerships with colleagues both within the service and externally will create a welcoming and nurturing environment to work in. ‘Management, educators, and staff work with mutual respect and collaboratively, and challenge and learn from each other, recognising each other’s strengths and skills (NQS 4.2.1).’
Emergent Curriculum & Learning Environment: We believe that children learn best through intentional teaching and spontaneous experiences. The educational program aims to be both child-centred and inspiring to maximise opportunities to enhance children’s interests, knowledge, capabilities and skill development that is unique to each child. Choices about curriculum directions are based on children’s evolving interests, strengths and goals. Children are empowered to set their own learning as they participate in active peer discussions, sharing their thoughts, hypotheses and opinions about their world. Collaborative team teaching is an essential component of our program with detailed and regular observation of the child in various “learning contexts”. This is how we gain a true perspective of the “holistic child”. Our approach is reflective of co-operative planning where children, families and educators work together in the best interests of the child as partners in each child’s education and care, promoting a reciprocal exchange.
National Quality Standards & Early Years Learning Framework: We believe the National Quality Framework should be embedded in the educator values, beliefs and evident throughout our pedagogy. We believe these practices will ensure the wellbeing and future development of children whilst in our care as we focus on their early years. As educators we recognise the importance of professional growth and are committed to further training, skill development and career progression. ‘Professional standards guide practice, interactions and relationships (NQS 4.2.2).’
Community: We believe the young children of today are the future of our nation and the whole Catholic Precinct including the school, parish and local community play a collaborative part to provide the best possible upbringing for its’ children. The service aims to build meaningful relationships and connections with its community to extend children’s learning. “As children move into early childhood settings they broaden their experiences as participants in different relationships and communities.” (p 25 EYLF)
Families: We believe communication and collaboration between families and the service is of utmost importance, providing opportunities for engagement to cater to families varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Families are encouraged to be involved in all aspects of the service. Educators actively seek information and feedback to guide curriculum decision making and ensuring it is meaningful and relevant to all children and families. Both verbal and written forms of communication including meetings, surveys, emails and questionnaires are utilised by educators and families to gain knowledge of individual children’s interests and experiences,ensuring the curriculum planning is centred on relevance for each child. “Children are more likely to be confident and involved learners when their family and community experiences are recognised and included in the early childhood setting. This assists them to make connections and to make sense of new experiences.” (p 33 EYLF).
St John’s Early Childhood Service Philosophy – Developed 30.10.19
Preschool & Long Day Care (8 hr session)
- 8:00am to 4:00pm
- 3-6 year olds – $70.00*
Preschool & Long Day Care (11 hr session)
- 7:00am to 6:00pm
- 3-6 year olds – $90.00*
*daily fee will be reduced if families are eligible for Child Care Subsidy
The majority of families in our services would not pay the full daily fee because they receive Child Care Subsidy (CCS) from the government.
- Special Events: Families will be notified, these may be for events such as incursions at the services
- Dishonour Fee: If direct debit is declined, families will be notified by SCECS that a family deposit may be debited and bank fees charged.
Late Fee For Pick-Ups After Service Closing Time
- 0-15 minutes late: $20.00
- Every 5 minutes thereafter: $10.00
*Fees are subject to change, however, you will be notified in writing two weeks prior to any fee changes.
Initial Absence Days
Like most early childhood services and preschools, your child’s place is reserved when they are away so the day still needs to be paid for. Each financial year, the Family Assistance Office will pay your child’s CCS entitlements for the first 42 absence days. These absences can be for any reason, including public holidays, and the initial 42 days must be used before any additional absences can be claimed (please see below).
Additional Absence Days
You may receive CCS for absence days after the initial 42 days each financial year. For all absences beyond the first 42 absent days, CCS will only be paid if you are able to provide evidence to demonstrate the absence has occurred under permitted circumstances. There is no limit on these days, but you will be required to provide documentation to support the absence.
Exceptional Absence Days
You may receive CCS for an additional 20 exceptional absence days after the initial 42 absence days per financial year. These entitlements can be claimed without evidence if documentation is provided for 31 of the initial 42 absence days.
Public Holiday Fees
Our services are closed on public holidays, however fees still apply if any of your usual days of attendance fall on a public holiday. CCS will usually be paid for public holidays, unless your initial 42 absence days have already been used.
Normal fees apply for all absences (including Public Holidays) that fall on a usual day of attendance.
Withdrawal from Care
Families provide two week’s written notice to cancel your child’s booked attendance at our services. The two weeks’ advance payment we hold will be applied to your notice period. If your child does not attend their last usual days, full fees will apply. This means that CCS will not be applied.
Child Care Subsidy
All families are eligible to apply for Child Care Subsidy (CCS). It is income tested and usually paid directly to the childcare services to reduce the fees that eligible families pay. Families can apply for the CCS online or in person through Centrelink. Once you have contacted Centrelink, you will need to provide the centre with your Parent and Child Customer Reference Number (CRN) to claim CCS.
Centrelink Office. Ph: 13 61 50.
Fees – Direct Debit
All fees are paid by Direct Debit. Fees are paid fortnightly in advance. Payments will be debited from the family’s nominated account, or as otherwise advised. Strict regulations are followed to ensure that this information is confidential. At the beginning of each term, a notice will be emailed to families, outlining the dates that the Direct Debit will be processed.
Please ensure you have sufficient funds in your account to cover your fortnightly childcare fees. If you have insufficient funds when your Direct Debit is due, please contact the Centre in writing by close of business on the Wednesday of the Direct Debit week. Direct Debit rejections incur a dishonour fee payable by the parent (see current Schedule of Fees above).
SCECS fortnightly Direct Debit payment system is designed to make payments easy.
Need to change your payment details?
To update your nominated bank account or credit card details for direct debit payments, please send your updated details to the SCECS Management Team at email@example.com
Parents are encouraged to discuss any difficulties they may have in paying fees with your SCECS Director. Applications for arrangements in the event of financial hardship should be made to SCECS in writing. If no previous arrangements have been made regarding late payment of fees, SCECS is entitled to terminate the child’s placement after giving one week’s written notice.
In the event that fees are late due to direct debits being declined because of insufficient funds, SCECS will send one reminder email. At the end of two weeks, the child’s placement will be ended and the family’s deposit debited.
In the event of reminder letters being issued more than twice in any 2 month period, SCECS reserves the right to terminate a placement without further reminders.
Invoice / Statements
Invoices/statements are emailed fortnightly.
Importance of Early Learning
Facilities & provisions
Enquiring about care
Fees, benefits & the Child Care Subsidy (CCS)