Children are eligible to attend preschool (kindergarten) for 15 hours per week in the year prior to starting school.

  • Children turning 4 prior to May 1st commence preschool in January.
  • Children turning 4 on or after May 1st commence preschool in January the following year
  • Children are able to attend kindergarten for up to 15 hours per week for 40 weeks.

For Term One, we offer:
Two full days and one half-day per week.

For Terms Two, Three and Four, we offer:
Families can continue the same booking as above for their child, or choose a 5-day fortnight

i.e. the two full days stay the same and the half-day session can be converted to a full day once a fortnight (i.e. 3 full days one week and 2 full days the next week as an alternating pattern).

Session Times:

  • Monday to Thursday (full days) 8.30am – 3.00pm
  • Monday to Thursday (half days) 8.30am – 11.30am

Extended early morning care is available for $5 per session (8.15am start).

Extended care is negotiated with the Kindergarten Director.

Support Services

If you or the staff have concerns about your child’s development we are able to call on the DECD Support Services for extra assistance. These include:

  • Special Educators
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Bilingual support

These professionals work with the educators to provide an individual educational program for your child and support for children with special needs.

Lunch care

A lunch care program is provided at Netherby Kindergarten. Children bring their own lunch and eat in the sheltered alfresco dining area. The Educators sit with the children, and lunch and snack times are used to develop conversational skills with the children, as well as to promote healthy eating habits. The lunch care program attracts a fee, because extra Educators are employed to supervise the program. The lunch care program, also, enables higher Educator to child ratios which enables us to extend our program to experiences such as local walks, camp fires, and additional learning resources and most importantly time to focus on each children’s individual learning and development needs.


Term One

Kindergarten $115.00 per term

Lunch Care $85.00 per term for one day and $170 per term for two days


Total Term One Fees $285.00 per term

Terms Two, Three, Four

If 5-day fortnight chosen

Kindergarten $115.00 per term

Lunch Care $85 x 2.5 days per week = $212.50

Total Term Fees 2,3, 4 $327.50 per term Enrolment


Steps to enrol your child:

  1. Complete the registration of interest form
  2. Enrolment offers will be emailed in Term 3, the year prior to starting
  3. Think about coming along to playgroup!

When enrolments are high the Priority of Access Policy is implemented.

More information about preschool enrolments.

Waiting List

Children’s names can be placed on the centre’s Waiting List 12 months prior to them being eligible for kindergarten. Please call us to add your name.

Families will be contacted in the term prior to children’s commencement of their pre-entry session.


Playgroup is held from 9.30 – 11.30 on Fridays, with the session ending with music and movement activities with the kindergarten educators.

Playgroup is $5 per session during weeks 1-9. BYO coffee and healthy morning tea.


Playgroup enables children to become familiar with the learning environment, developing their sense of belonging and makes the transition to Kindergarten smoother.


Playgroup is a great way to meet other families within the community and form relationships with the Kindergarten Educators.  It is open to everyone and is very relaxed and welcoming to new families.


Playgroup provides children the opportunity to engage with our natural play spaces, kindy chickens and other animals from our Nature Education program. We recommend bringing your gumboots!

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