Frequently Asked Questions

I would love to know more about your preschool and Rudolf Steiner’s approach to education.

We invite you to browse our website which will give you plenty of information, particularly our handbook which is found on the Resources page and brings comprehensive information about our centre’s philosophy, the day-to-day, the learning program, the valued parent community, administration, learning resources, recipes for the nutritious food we cook daily with the children, as well as essential readings of Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education.

How many children attend daily?

Twenty-two children attend per day at Periwinkle and there are two groups. The Wattle group attends Monday, Tuesday and fortnightly Wednesday, and the Banksia group attends Thursday, Friday and fortnightly Wednesday.

At what age can I enroll my child?

As we are a preschool, children attend from the age of 3-5 years old (for either one or two years depending upon age at enrolment), with priority given to children who are in their year prior to school i.e. child is 4 years old turning 5, or 3 years old turning 4 before the 31st of July – this is due to government funding arrangements. Children who are 3 years old and turning 4 after 31st July do not unfortunately receive full funding from the government. We can offer places to younger 3 year old children if their family holds a Commonwealth benefits health care card, or if there are still places available after places have been taken by older children on the waiting list and families are willing to then pay a higher fee in the first year that the child attends to offset the fact that we are only receiving partial funding from the government.

Can I enroll my child now?

Periwinkle is usually fully enrolled and we only take mid-year enrolments if there is movement in one of the groups of which we are unable to predict. At that point we would need to refer to our waiting list and offer spaces according to those who have been on the list for some time.

If you would like to go on to our waiting list for the possibility of a space, please access the enrolment waiting list application form from the enrolment page in our website.

There is a $30.00 fee for going on to the waiting list and once your form has been submitted, we will get in touch to confirm it has been received. Once we receive the fee, your child will then be added to the waiting list and you will be notified.  We begin contacting families (in order of length they have been on the wait list) regarding enrolments for the following year in term 3.

Does my child have to be immunized?

Please note that we are only able to enrol children who are immunised, have an exemption that is registered on the Australian Immunisation Registry or whom are currently on a catch-up schedule (which is also registered on the Australian Immunisation Registry). Immunisation records are only required once a place has been offered. Upon enrolment we require families to submit their most up to date Immunisation History Statement (IHS).

Can my family visit your centre?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on non-essential visitors we are unable to offer preschool tours just at present. This will most likely be reviewed following updates from NSW Department of Education. Hopefully in a few months’ time we will be able to provide a quick tour of the preschool

I still have questions …

We are always happy to hear from you. You can reach us out via our website, give us a call on (02) 6685 8898 or send an email to info@periwinkle.nsw.edu.au

Philosophy

“Receive the children in reverence, educate them in love, and send them forth in freedom.”

– Rudolf Steiner