Raymond Terrace Early Education Centre

Building a better future for your children

About us

There's nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child.

Raymond Terrace Early Education Centre is a fully accredited child care centre caring for children from birth to school age.

The Centre operates Monday to Friday between the hours of 7.30am to 6.00pm for 49 weeks per
year, closing for usual calendar Public Holidays and for a 3 week period over Christmas.
 
The Centre is licensed to care for 39 children per day. There are two rooms: one for children aged
between 6 weeks to 3 years with a maximum of 15 children and the other for children aged between 3 and 5 years with a maximum of 24 children.
 

We believe that a child’s early years are an important time for the development of social, physical, cognitive and emotional skills, this is the time where the foundations for a love of learning and a strong sense of self-worth are acquired.


In conjunction with the Early Years Learning Framework we have identified 5 key areas of Outcomes for Learning and Development. 


These include:

  • Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Children have a strong sense of well being
  • Children are confident and involved learners
  • Children are effective communicators


Each of our rooms offers a wide variety of activities that have been planned with consideration to the age specific and developmental needs of your child.


You can rest assured that your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love and respect. We believe all children are precious gifts.


FAQ's.


What age do you take children from, and how are the children grouped?

We take babies from 6 weeks of age through to 6 years. Our centre is divided into two rooms:

6 weeks to 3 years – Penguin Room & 3 years to 6 years – Dolphin Room


Do you have a preschool program?
 

Many parents are interested in the skills that children need prior to starting school. Whilst traditionally it was reading and writing, now some schools may prefer to teach this once children start school.

We have planned many school readiness activities into our programme but the main thing teachers are looking for are social communication and self-help skills.


Waiting List


We do have a waiting list, but it is difficult to say how long it will take for a position to become available as this is determined on how old your child is, what days you are looking for and when you require the care. That means that even if you need care immediately, it is well worth giving us a call as we may be able to accommodate your needs. When joining our waiting list, if you can be at all flexible in the days of care you need, we are more likely to be able to find you a position.


Please don’t hesitate to talk to our staff if you have any questions.

Fees & Rebates

We are an Australian Government approved child care centre so you can benefit from the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) scheme. (see below for more information)


Because out of pocket fees vary based on your personal situation and the number of days you enrol your child for, it's best to discuss fees in person. 


Upon enrolment, you will be required to pay an enrolment fee of $30, two week’s fees "security deposit" and the first week of fees. Preferred method of payment is via direct deposit or Eftpos. 


Further information about fees, inclusions and terms are detailed in the enrolment pack you will receive when you come for the initial centre tour.


What is included in the daily fees?


Our daily fees include 4 meals (morning tea, hot lunch, dessert and afternoon tea), nappies for babies, sunscreen, hat, and a stimulating educational program.

Parents need to provide sheets for children, bottles and formula while the child is taking bottles, and change of clothes and lots of undies for little accidents and water play


Termination Of A Placement

Should you wish to terminate your child's placement you will need to give TWO WEEKS WRITTEN NOTICE to the Director, or fees paid in lieu of notice. If you fail to do this, enrolment deposits can not be returned.


Fees For Non Attendance

Fees must be paid for everyday your child is enrolled at the Centre regardless of attendance. This includes days on which your child is absent, due to ill health or holidays taken. Fees are not payable for days during the Christmas period when the Centre is closed or for Public Holidays. If families experience difficulties in paying fees they should contact the Director immediately. Please do not wait until you are in debt to discuss your fee situation. We cannot afford to loose fees, so it is necessary to make immediate arrangements if you fall behind in payment.

When fees are two weeks or more in arrears, it may be necessary to request you to remove your child from the Centre, where the position will be given to the next child on the waiting list.

Parents must inform the centre if their child is to be absent. If we do not receive information concerning the absence within one week, the place could be forfeited.


Late Fee

RTEEC closes at 6.00pm. Arrangements therefore must be made to collect all children by this time.

Where a parent fails to collect their child/children by 6.00pm a late fee charge will be incurred and will appear on your next fee receipt. The staff are paid an overtime rate after 6.00pm. The time will be taken by the Centre clocks, if a parent incurs a late fee on more than three occasions it will become necessary to withdraw their child from the Centre. In extenuating circumstances the Director has the option to waive the penalty fee.

We are happy to talk you through how government funded financial assistance may affect the fees you pay at the service. More information regarding government assistance can be found below.

To assist with child care costs, the Australian Government offers a various types of financial assistance, including:

  • Child Care Rebate
  • Child Care Benefit
  • JET (Job, education and training) fee assistance
Child Care Benefit

The Child Care Benefit is income tested and is paid directly to Education and Care Services to reduce the out of pocket costs for families’ access childcare.

These benefits can be claimed directly at our Child Care Centre, reducing your out of pocket costs. 

To find out what affect these government benefits can have on reducing your out of pocket expenses, please contact the friendly staff at your chosen service.


Child Care Rebate

The Child Care Rebate pays up to 50% of your out-of-pocket expenses for childcare up to an annual cap.


For the 2015-2016 income year the Child Care Rebate annual cap is $7,500 per child per year.


It is NOT income tested, so you may be eligible to receive it even if you don’t get the Child Care Benefit.

If you would like more general information on government financial assistance with child care visit The Department of Human Services or call 136 150. To speak in languages other than English, call 131 202. Note: Call charges apply – calls from mobile phones may be charged at a higher rate.