Early Learning Program – 2.9-5yrs
Enrol NOW for 2021Enrol NOW for 2020Welcome to Meerilinga’s Early Learning Program (ELP) where your child’s early education and care is our first priority. We’re looking forward to working with you to enrich your child’s future.
Consistent with government advice to keep essential services open to support families who must continue working, our Early Learning Programs remain open for our community. Our services have altered their practices to minimize the risk to families, children and staff in our Centres. Implementing measures such as: traffic light entry signs, hand sanitization upon entry, extra cleaning and disinfecting regimes, applying the 4m square distancing rule for lunch/naps children and more. We have a wide range of safety measures in place, please contact your Centre Director for more information.
Changes to Payment of Fees
The new Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package effective 6 April 2020 will replace the Child Care Subsidy and the Additional Child Care Subsidy. This is effective until the week ending 28 June 2020. No fees will be charged to families during this time. The $50 Admin Fee for returning families and new enrolments during this time will be waived until further notice.
Attendance information of children who attend our Service will be recorded each day. Families will be provided with a statement of sessions attended. Placements will be prioritised to provide care of essential workers, vulnerable and disadvantaged children and previously enrolled children.
Families receiving Additional Child Care Subsidy
If a family’s current ACCS determination continues past the end of the above package period, they will return to ACCS entitlement. If however, this determination expires during the period, our service will need to apply for determination to ensure ACCS continues to flow when the system returns to normal, that is: Child Care Subsidy.
Absences from childcare
Whether a child is ill or not and does not attend care as part of the family’s own precautionary measure against potential contact with COVID-19, families have access to 62 allowable absences in the 2019-2020 financial year, rather than the 42 allowable absence days without the need for families to provide documentation such as a medical certificate.
Absences will not be counted during the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package period. (commencing 6 April 2020). If a child is absent on their last day of enrolment in the period between 23 March and 28 Jun 2020, any CCS received by the Service will not be recovered.
We sincerely thank families for remaining enrolled, we miss you and look forward to the safe return of your family soon.
About our Early Learning Programs
At Meerilinga we believe in a balanced approach to teaching and learning. Our play based ethos encourages our children to wonder, ask questions and to explore the world around them.
Established as a charity and not-for-profit over 100 years ago, Meerilinga has long strived to promote the rights of children in WA. Today, we continue to flow this ethos into the early learning framework that guides each of our six Perth based early learning centres.
At the heart of all our early learning centres is the knowledge that children who learn through play are happier and more confident. By engaging and empowering children, we provide a solid early childhood education in rich and vibrant learning environment. Our educators utilize intentional teaching to give children a good start in their education life. Imploring various strategies to encourage effective communication and creativity. As a result our children are able to develop problem solving and thoughtful risk taking skills, enabling them to become independent and confident learners .
Our educational focus is extended to literacy, numeracy and science. As a result of shared thinking and active listening, we are able to discover the world around us. Furthermore, we are passionate about practicing sustainability in engaging, nature-based garden spaces. Offering a fluid transition between indoor and outdoor educational areas to support the best start to imaginative play scenarios.
Celebrating culture is extremely important to us, and our staff and families come from many different backgrounds. A strong sense of belonging has a positive impact on our children and provides a sanctuary for learning – we actively encourage our families to share their cultural heritage!
In our ELP we maintain clear and consistent communication with our parents and families through our Early Works app. Not only does this ensure parents peace of mind but also provides the opportunity to follow their child’s learning journey as it happens. Furthermore, we are able to keep parents up to date with important centre and medical information and – equally importantly – the fun their children are in engaged in throughout the day as they learn through play!
Looking for an alternative to child care near you? Our Early Learning Programs are now available at Ballajura, Beechboro, Coolbellup, High Wycombe, Kingsley and Woodvale. The program runs from 8:30am – 3:30pm, five days a week for children aged 2.9 – 5 years.
Please note, to enrol your child you must provide the following documents:
- Enrolment Application Form
- Birth Certificate
- Immunisation Record Statement
- Medical Management Plan
- Completed Easy Pay – Direct Debit
For more information, please see our Family Handbook.