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    Default 4 yr old Kindergarten minimum hours?

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    I got my son's kinder acceptance letter in the mail today and looked up the kinder online. I happened to find the hours that the kinder runs and it's over 4 days!!!! I will be ringing my council to see if I can change but is there a minimum amount of hours that he has to do? Can I choose to only a few days? They are 8:30-12:30 or 1-4pm on alternate days. I won't be able to work if I do those kind of hours!! I work casually and my contract expires in April 2015. My husband will definitely help with drop off or pick up buy we won't know his tafe schedule till Feb next year.

    I really don't want to be taking him to kinder across 4 days!

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    Every kindergarten student is entitled to access to 15 hours. I don't think that they would/could say anything if you only went say, 12 hours though- it's not compulsary.
    My daughter's is 15 hours over 3 days though & i have one friend whose son does it over 2 days. Timetable depends on the individual kinder

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    Thanks for that. They have 2 sessions a day. Maybe I can do both sessions in 1 day? But they do have 2 preferences to choose from.

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    You could try calling other kinders in the area and see if another one has a schedule that suits you better. That sounds like an incredibly awkward schedule. Dd5 is in 4yo this year and she attends 5 hours 3 days a week, 9-2 was day. It's simple and easy to work with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProudMumma34 View Post
    Thanks for that. They have 2 sessions a day. Maybe I can do both sessions in 1 day? But they do have 2 preferences to choose from.
    You won't be able to do this as they will run the exact same activities/lessons in both sessions for the day. Typically they also have no duty of care between 12.30&1.

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    I think you might need to ring around and see of other kinders are offering more accessible hours. My DD's kinder hours are over 4 days next year too. A pain.

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    My daughters sessions are run over three half days and we can't mix and match with the other 4yo groups as they feel it quite disruptive. She doesn't attend the 3rd session as I simply couldn't juggle it with work. She also attends long day care which has a kinder program so she still gets her 15hrs - techincally she's getting a lot more but we wanted her in the local kinder to meet kids she would go to school at and most of her ldc kids don't live around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sajimum View Post
    I think you might need to ring around and see of other kinders are offering more accessible hours. My DD's kinder hours are over 4 days next year too. A pain.
    Yep same here!

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    Ugh, what a pain! My DDs hours are 3 days, 8.30 to 1.30 which is perfect for us. You might find that you have to pay the full fees but choose to not send him on all the days. Friends' of mine had the same problem and chose to only send their kids 3 days but there was no reduction in fees.

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    Thanks for all your replies ladies. I'm going to call the council and see if I could get into another one. If I can't find one then I'll have to accept it but maybe just send him 2 days. But it means I won't be able to work even casually unless I do on the days he doesn't have kinder. We're hoping that my mil will be able to pick him up some days otherwise I'll have to stop working and rely on ppp and ftb + austudy to get by financially which I am grateful that we will have access to otherwise we'll be stuffed.

    Even without work they are really crappy times!

    As for fees....Isn't 4yr old kinder free if you have a health care card?


 

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