Fees

Effective 1 January 2018
  • General

    The amount of fees, bond and the dates of payment may be subject to alteration at any time. However, it is the policy of MEEC to keep increases in fees, to a minimum.

  • Administration Fee

    A $100 non-refundable administration fee is payable in respect of each child and each enrolment (Early Starter and Pre-School) and must accompany an application for enrolment. The fee does not confirm a place in the Early Starter or Pre-School programs but places you on the waiting list.

    • Early Starter Two Day Programme

      The program runs for 1 year for children aged 2-3 years of age. Your child attend for 2 sessions each week, each of 2 hours duration.

      • Two program sessions are available
      • Max 10 children per session
      • 2 Staff members per session
      $740p / term
    • Early Starter Three Day Programme

      The program runs for 1 year for children aged 2-3 years of age. Your child attend for 3 sessions each week, each of 2 hours duration.

      • Two program sessions are available
      • Max 10 children per session
      • 2 Staff members per session
      $1080p / term
    • Sessional

      The Sessional Program is a 2 year program for children aged 3-5 years.

      • 2 Classes available
      • Max 26 children
      • 2 Staff members
      $1,360p / term
    • Cycle 1

      The Cycle 1 program is a 3 year program for children aged 3-6 years.

      • 2 Cycle 1 rooms
      • Max 27 children per room
      • 2 Staff members per room
      $1,940p / term
  • Commencement Bond per child

    $740 : Early Starter – Two Day Programme
    $1080 : Early Starter – Three Day Programme
    $1360 : Preschool – Sessional
    $1940 : Preschool – Cycle 1

    We draw your attention to the fact that Sessional is a two year program and Cycle 1 is a three year program. Your bond will be forfeited if your child does not complete the full two years of Sessional or the full three years of Cycle 1 as enrolled. If you accept a place, pay the bond and then decline the spot without your child/children starting at the centre your bond will not be refunded. Please consider this carefully when enrolling your child.

    The bond is to accompany written acceptance of the offer of a place in the Early Starter, Sessional or Cycle 1 Programmes. This bond is held for the duration of a child’s enrolment. The Early Starter bond is returned at the end of the year or upgraded to the Sessional or Cycle One bond, as appropriate.

    Under no circumstances will a bond be refunded to pay Term 4 fees or fees related to the program at Mitcham Primary School. The bond for Sessional or Cycle One will be returned at the end of Term 4, at the completion of the program. If there are any outstanding fees including late fees owed, this outstanding amount will be deducted from the bond refund.

  • Program Fees

    $740 p/term $2960 p/year : Early Starter – Two Day Programme 
    $1080 p/term $4320 per/year : Early Starter – Three Day Programme 
    $1360 p/term $5440 p/year : Preschool – Sessional 
    $1940 p/term $7760 p/year : Preschool – Cycle 1 

    Tuition fees are conditional upon there being no significant reduction in the funding by the State Government.

    Tuition fees will not be reduced by reason of non-attendance for any cause.

    If a position is offered to a child, to start attending MEEC during or later than Term 1 in any year, full fees are payable up to the child’s commencement date, to reserve the position.

    If a grant is not obtained from the Department of Health and Community Services for any four year old or older child, then the parent may be required to pay an additional fee, equal to the normal four year old per capita grant.

    If a child is enrolled after the start of the preschool year, the first pro-rata payment of fees must be received before or on the day the child commences at the centre.

     

  • Payment

    Fee invoices are issued two weeks before the end of term (except First Term which is issued by the end of term 4) and are payable by:

    First Term:        First Friday of Term 1
    Second Term:   Last Friday of Term 1
    Third Term:       Last Friday of Term 2
    Fourth Term:     Last Friday of Term 3

    Upon request, receipts will be issued at the end of each term to parents eligible for the Childcare Cash Rebate.

  • Late Payment of Fees

    A late payment fee will apply if fees are not received within 14 days after the date of payment. The late payment fee will be $50.00 for every week or part thereof that the fees remain unpaid after these 14 days of grace. After the third week of term, the Principal in consultation with the committee may decide to exclude your child if the fees are still unpaid.

  • Levies Included in the fee price

    Property Maintenance Fee

    To cover the cost of repairing the premises, small repairs, garden maintenance, window cleaning and daily cleaning of the interiors of the buildings.

    MAF Membership

    This is a fee for the Montessori Australia Foundation. Families become members of the MAF on a yearly basis.

    Excursions/Entertainment

    Term fees cover the cost of children’s attendance at excursions and incursions. For certain excursions where transport is planned there will be an extra charge to the parents, which is not covered by the fees.

    Membership of the Montessori Early Education Centre