Accepting expressions of interest for 2020 & 2021 Kindergarten & Day Care positions now
Wimble Street operates a waiting list. Registering for our Waiting List incurs a non-refundable fee of $25, to be made via Electronic Funds Transfer. Details are provided on the Waiting List Form. Registration Forms received without payment cannot be processed. You can email your form (link at the bottom of the page) and details of your EFT to our Coordinator.
However, we also recommend that you contact the Centre to make a time to tour the space and have any questions answered by our Coordinator.
Generally Wimble recommends that children are enrolled in consecutive days and we do not accept enrolments of a single day per week. Wimble kids generally do, 2 days (Mon-Tues, Thurs-Fri), 3 days (Mon-Wed, Wed-Fri) or 5 days (Mon-Fri). We also offer parents the option of wait-listing for additional days which may come up when the Centre is operating below capacity or children are away on holiday or due to illness. Once you are an enrolled family with Wimble, we require 4 weeks notice of your intention to reduce your enrolment or to leave the Centre.
When you are offered a position, you will be required to buy shares to become a member of the Co-operative. The current cost is $55 per person. Shareholders can have the cost of their share refunded to them when they leave, although many choose to donate it to the Centre.
New families at the Centre will also be asked to pay a deposit to secure your enrolment. The purpose of this system is to reduce uncertainty the Centre has experienced in the past in relation to enrolled days and child numbers.
Current fees are $131 per day part time and $125 per day full time. You can read about the system for Child Care Subsidy that was introduced in 2018 here:
Generally, your subsidy will be paid directly to the childcare provider and your rate will be assessed based on your family income and an activity test. To ensure you are assessed as eligible for enough hours, it is important to include all the hours that are involved in your work. This may include travel between your work and the childcare centre.
If you have further questions about the childcare subsidy or any other part of the wait list and enrolment process please don’t hesitate to approach our Coordinator.
The Orientation process is for one week of general orientation with both child and a parent (or familiar person) attending. The aim is to gradually increase the child’s time in care and reduce the parent’s time and to enable the child to settle slowly and comfortably into the Centre. Flexibility is very necessary here and if the child has indicated he/she is feeling comfortable after three days, the extra two days may be waived or shortened. You can negotiate your orientation process with staff.
If you and your child are finding the transition very difficult do speak to the educators about strategies to assist your child. Many children will respond well to: discussions about their complex feelings about childcare; recitals about the order of events in the day, of course culminating in being picked up by their loving parents; and reading books about childcare or separation from parents and carers generally. There are a number of books along these lines including:
• A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon, by Audrey Penn
• Maisie goes to nursery, by Lucy Cousins
• Maisie goes to preschool, by Lucy Cousins
• Spot Loves Nursery, by Eric Hill
• I love you all day long by Franceska Rusackas
• Charlie & Lola: I am too absolutely small for school, by Lauren Child
And more generally for separation anxiety:
• Baby Owls by Martin Waddel
• No Matter What, by Debi Gliori
• Llama Llama Misses Mama, by Anna Dewdney