What age can my child start at Coffs Harbour Community Preschool?

Children must have turned 3 years old to attend.

If my child doesn’t get in as a 3 year old, do I have to put them on the waiting list again?

No. Their details will be kept on the waiting list and they will be automatically moved to the waiting list for the 4 year old class the following year.

How many days can my child attend?

Children who will be going to Kindergarten next year can attend for a maximum of 3 days per week.  They may choose to only attend for 2 days.  Children who will be returning to preschool next year can attend for 2 days per week.

How will my child receive 600 hours per year of preschool education?

600 hours per year is equal to 15 hours per week.  To provide your child with 600 hours, our 2 day classes are enrolled for 7.5 hours each day from 8am-3.30pm giving a total of 15 hours per week.  Our 3 day classes are enrolled for 6 hours each day from 9am-3pm which gives a total of 18 hours per week.

What is the earliest and latest I can drop my child and pick them up?

You can drop your child as early as 8am and pick them up as late as 4pm.  Your daily fee will cover your enrolled hours. Any time your child is attending outside of their enrolled hours, you will be charged an additional fee.

I want to enrol my child for 2 days, but I don’t want to bring them at 8am.  Can I drop them off a bit later?

Of course! We work with families to provide as much flexibility as we can within our opening hours.  We always appreciate a phone call if your child will be arriving after 9.30am or will be away for the day.

Do I have to live in a certain area for my child to attend your preschool?

No.  Unlike public schools, preschools are not subject to “zoning” so you can live anywhere and still attend Coffs Harbour Community Preschool.  We are conveniently located close to major north-south and east-west roads, we are on the town bus route, and within walking distance of Park Beach Plaza and the jetty precinct. 

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“This preschool has been such a positive place for Abi to come to and you have brought out such a wonderful confidence in her.  I know that the care and nurturing she has received here over the past 2 years has played a major role in that.  So I want to say thank you and let you know that we will really miss our time here but are so very grateful that we had the chance to be a part of this fabulous preschool and experienced the wonderful sense of community that you offer.”