Thursday, October 19, 2017
Frequently Asked Questions Minimize

Q.  What is the education programme?

A. Extensive research has confirmed that between the ages of 0 and 5 years children engage in a period of critical learning that has long term impact on their social, emotional, behavioral and learning development. Much critical brain development occurs during this time.  At Stepping Stones Child Development Centre, our highly qualified and dedicated staff understand how important these years of early learning are. Stepping Stones is committed to  delivering a fantastic programme that your child will love.  We have a team of people experienced in the area of child development all of whom are working together to make the best programme to enable to get your child in getting ready for school and life. Stepping Stones offers a stimulating and nurturing educational experience for young children which will encourage a life long love of learning. The programme will be based around play and fun; they will love it! 

Q.  What link does Stepping Stones Child Development Centre have with East Fremantle Baptist Church?

A.  East Fremantle Baptist Church have kindly donated the land at 6 Fortescue Street to Stepping Stones Child Development Centre to use for a three and four year old kindergarten.  The church has also financially backed the project.  This is motivated by the church’s desire to support families in the community to grow and be healthy.   

Q.  What does it mean by ‘Christian ethos’?

A.  Stepping Stones Child Development Centre will work with parents to instil Christian values within the children attending the kindergarten.  These include service, perseverance, compassion, self-discipline, honesty, openness, responsibility and consistency.  The programme will also cover the Christian meaning of Easter and Christmas.

Q. What are the fees and how do I pay?

A.  All fees are to be paid via the Ezidebit direct debit scheme.  Forms are available from the Centre.

Full Day = $100

½ Day = $60

20% second child discount applies when sibling attending at the same time

10% weekly discount (full time attendance)

Q. How do I obtain my Centrelink Subsidy?

A.  You are required to enrol your child with Centrelink and be eligible to receive the subsidy.  www.centrelink.gov.au

Q. What do I need to send to kindy with my child?

 A. Their Stepping Stones bag (complimentary with registration fee), one piece of fruit, change of clothes, hat, water bottle and enclosed shoes or sandals (all clearly labelled with your child’s name). Children attending the full day sessions also need to bring a simple, healthy packed lunch.

Q. When does Stepping Stones open in 2017?

Stepping Stones will open on Monday, 16 January 2017 and close Friday, 15 December 2017.  Stepping Stones will be open continuously throughout the year from 7am - 6pm.

Q. What about meals?

A. We believe an important aspect of the Stepping Stones programme is to prepare children for school. One element of this is to get children familiar with bringing their lunch and morning tea, therefore, we expect children to bring their own lunch and shared morning tea. For those children attending prior to 8.30am, breakfast will be provided, and Stepping Stones will also provide afternoon tea plus a late afternoon snack for children at the Centre after 4pm.