Providing Preschool education for more than 40 years

 
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Established in 1977, Felton Street Community Preschool Inc. is a not-for-profit service offering education and care to children aged 2-6 years of age.

For more than 40 years, our preschool has been providing childcare services to the local community of Gateshead, NSW and the surrounding areas within 25 kilometres radius. Over the years the preschool has been known by a few different names including Daniel’s Den Preschool and Felton Street Early Learning Preschool.

We wanted the name change to reflect the inclusivity of all children and it was decided Felton Street Community Preschool did this effectively. Our preschool is a place your child can feel loved and accepted regardless of ethnicity, special needs or socio-economic status.

We are licensed by the NSW Department of Education for the enrolment of 39 children on a daily basis. For this reason, we recommend putting your child on our waiting list as soon as possible.

Our rooms are grouped by age; the Butterflies (2–4-year olds) and Busy Bees (3–5-year olds).
 
 
 
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Open hours

Felton Street Community Preschool is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday. The preschool operates in accordance with NSW school terms as defined by the NSW Department of Education. The preschool closes for all public holidays.

Fees, per day, range from $10-$60.
 
Funded Fees

Eligibility criteria for funded fees: support is targeted to children in their year before school and to disadvantaged children aged 3 and over. Children eligible for funded preschool places will be either:

  • At least 4 years old on or before 31 July in that preschool year and not in compulsory schooling; or
  • At least 3 years old on or before 31 July and from a disadvantaged background (i.e. the child’s family must be holders of a current Low Income Health Care Card and/or identify as Indigenous Australians)
  • From 2019, 3 years old on or before July 31 will receive partial subsidy

Funding support only allows access for at least 15 hours a week. (i.e. 2 days per week—3rd and subsequent daily fees are paid at the higher rate)
 
 
 

FAQ

 
 
I've lost a payment receipt. What should I do?
 
Receipts for payment of fees are computerised and will be distributed to families through the communication pockets in the foyer. Families are asked to check their pocket regularly. Receipts can be re-issued if you have lost or misplaced them.
 
 
 
I have to go into work early. Can I drop my child off before 8.30am?
 
What happens if I can't pick my child up on time?
 
What happens if my child is ill and can't attend preschool?
 
What happens if my child becomes unwell while at preschool?
 
How can I tell if my child is too unwell to send to preschool?
 
I think my child is well enough to attend preschool, but your staff disagree. What should I do?
 
What does not for profit mean?
 
 
 
My child was sent home with diarrhoea/vomiting, when are they allowed to come back?
 
Does my child have to be immunised?
 
Do I still have to pay the daily fee if my child is absent?
 
Are there any requirements about what I can place in my child's lunchbox?
 
How old does my child have to be to attend your preschool?
 
Do you have a designated car park?
 
Who can collect my child from preschool?
 
 
 
 
 
For more information on packing your child a healthy lunch box, click here.
 
 

At Felton Street, WE:

 
 
  • Put the needs of children.
  • Provide an environment that promotes learning.
  • Build relationships with children to nurture childrens wellbeing.
 
 
 
  • Tailor our services to meet your family’s individual needs
  • We build relationships on trust and respect.
  • Provide high quality early childhood education.
 
 
 
  • Acknowledge & respect everyone’s unique personality
  • Strive for excellence in everything we do