Frequently asked questions

What are the hours of operation?

Margaret Cribb Early Learning operates from 7:30am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday. The centre is closed for two weeks between the Christmas and New Year period and for all public holidays.

What are your fees?

Playroom 1-4: $96.00 per day
Playroom 5-Kindergarten $93.00 per day

Is there an enrolment fee?

There is no enrolment fee, however upon accepting an enrolment at the centre, families are required to pay a bond. This is equivalent to two weeks’ full fees (as per the number of days enrolled) and is held during your child’s time at the centre and returned when care is ceased and all financial obligations have been met.

Will I receive any discount from the government?

Child Care Subsidy may be available for eligible families. Please contact the Department of Human Services for more details and to apply.

How long will I be on the Waiting List for?

It is impossible for us to give you an accurate time frame for how long the waiting period will be. We may be able to give you an estimation based on the number of families before you, but due to the unpredictability of many factors surrounding enrolments, we can’t guarantee anything until you are sent an official Offer of Enrolment. Due to the changing staff to child ratios some age groups are much easier to place, so please contact our office for more information.

When will I know if I’ve received an enrolment?

We endeavour to give you at least 30 days’ notice before your starting date at the centre. Sometimes we can give you more notice and occasionally we have positions available to be filled immediately. Once you have been offered a position a starting date can be negotiated, and a position can be held for up to 3 weeks.

Does my child need to be immunised to attend?

It is a policy of Margaret Cribb Early Learning that enrolments will only be accepted if the child is fully immunised, on a catch‐up immunisation schedule or if they have a medical contraindication or natural immunity (which is certified by a General Practitioner). On enrolment, parents must provide an immunisation history statement showing that their child’s immunisation status is up to date before the service is able to accept the enrolment.

Do I need to provide food and nappies?

Families are required to provide both food and nappies.

Useful Links

Department of Human Services
The Department of Human Services offers a range of payments to support families. Financial assistance includes the Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Subsidy and Baby Bonus. You will need to contact the Family Assistance Office if you wish to claim a reduction on your fees,

MyChild.gov.au
The mychild.gov.au website is Australia’s online child care portal. On this website you will find information on how to get assistance with the cost of child care, information and links to other useful websites about children’s health and wellbeing, parenting and family support services.

Starting Blocks
Starting Blocks is a family friendly resource to help parents answer child care questions and better understand the benefits of early childhood education and care. Starting Blocks is a starting point to learn about children’s developmental milestones, understand what to expect from an early childhood education and care service, get tips on starting child care or preschool, and find out what can be done at home to encourage your child’s learning and development. Starting Blocks is brought to you by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). ACECQA is the national body, overseeing the implementation of the National Quality Framework (NQF), which has been developed to improve the standard of education and care.

324 Sir Fred Schonell Drive
St Lucia QLD 4067
07 3365 1509
margaret.cribb@mcel.org.au