Curious to learn more about our Early Years Program? Our Admissions team have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for your convenience.
Frequently asked Questions
St Peter’s College has a single sex enrolment policy. Therefore, Families enrolling into the SPSC Early Years are not eligible for the childcare subsidy rebate. Our fees have been adjusted to reflect the average childcare fees across the state.
We encourage boys to attend three days per week. This creates continuity and familiarity that helps them develop a sense of belonging and connection to the program and their peers.
Yes. However, we encourage the selection of consecutive days where possible for continuity. We understand that parents have commitments, and each child’s needs vary, therefore families may need to select alternate days.
We expect all children to be toilet trained when they commence in the Early Years. Our priorities around toileting support are to respect the privacy of children in line with the protective practice guidelines and to support children’s agency and capacity building. We encourage families to contact us if they have any concerns around toilet training. We can also provide guidance and strategies upon request.
Boys do not need to speak English when they commence in the Early Years. We are a culturally diverse community and employ staff who speak a number of languages. Boys will learn the English language in an immersive and playful environment throughout their time in the Early Years.
St Peter’s College has a single enrolment process meaning once your son is enrolled, they are guaranteed a position through to Year 12.
We have three rooms and at any given time, there are no more than 20 boys within each room. Each room has a teacher and is supported by educators across the day. Our ratio is dependent on daily attendance and fluctuates between teacher/educator:student ratios of 1:5 to 1:11. These ratios align with legal regulations.
Early Years staff work alongside Junior School teachers. Every week boys have a library session and music lesson with specialist staff. Dependant on availability, language teachers also conduct lessons with boys.
We provide three meals per day at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 3.00pm. Our menu is designed by the School’s caterer Chartwells. Menus are built on a nutritionally balanced day and integrate both hot and cold meals that often showcase culturally diverse cuisines.
We encourage children to eat the food provided. This helps to grow your son’s diversity of palette and overall social development. If your child’s meals need to be tailored to their needs, please contact the Early Years to discuss your options. This includes medical and cultural requirements. Please note, additional snacks are stored on-site.
We are open from 8.00am to 6.00pm. Families are welcome to drop-off and pick between these times.
Boys are expected to wear the Early Years uniform which is available from the Uniform shop. Please note, we encourage the supply of spare clothes. We value outdoor play and experiential learning. Boys will get dirty, and this is a sign of their active and engaged learning.
We currently do not charge for public holidays in the Early Learning Centre. However, if a child is away sick they still be charged for the day.
Academic learning is at the forefront of a St Peter’s College education. In the Early Years boys are taught through active and engaged learning, with our planning and curriculum underpinned by the Principles, Practices and Outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework. These include: relationships, partnerships, expectations and equity, play-based learning and intentionality, identity, wellbeing, communication and learning dispositions.