Pre School Frequently Asked Questions
What are Little Sails’ operating hours?
Little Sails is open from 7:30am – 5:30pm for Long Day Care and 9am – 3pm for Pre School - Monday to Friday. We are not open on weekends or public holidays.
Is Little Sails privately owned?
Yes, Little Sails is located in the grounds of Brighton-le-Sands Public school, but is privately owned and run by the same approved provider for the past 18 years.
How early should I place my child on the waiting list?
It is best to place your child's name on the waitlist as early as you can as it can be quite extensive.
What is the minimum age and requirements for enrolment?
The minimum age for your child to be able to begin at Little Sails is 3 years of age. They will also need to be competent with the use of the toilet
What qualifications do the educators have?
Each child's room is overseen by a qualified room leader and a dedicated team of educators who hold various qualifications ranging from Certificate III in Children’s Services through to a university degree. A Working with Children Check is also a mandatory requirement for all educators at Little Sails.
Do Educators have first aid and anaphylaxis training?
Little Sails educators maintain a current first aid qualification, anaphylaxis qualification and an asthma management qualification to be able to care for your child in case of an emergency. If your child requires, emergency asthma or anaphylaxis medication, you must notify us.
What are your daily fees?
The daily fees at Little Sails are dependent on the times that your child is booked. There is a different fee for Pre School hours and Long Day Care hours – as well as an 8-hour day option. Once you register for our waitlist, we will be in contact with you to discuss enrolment options – which includes fee schedule
What do I need to bring for my child each day?
We request that each child has a bag for their personal belongings. Families need to ensure that all their children's belongings are clearly labelled. To assist us in meeting all your child's needs we ask that the following items are provided: A lunch box filled with a healthy nutritious lunch and healthy snacks, water bottle filled with water, full brimmed sun hat, a change of clothes for all weather conditions, a set of sheets for rest time (cot sheets will fit on our stretcher beds)
Will fees be charged for my child being away sick or public holidays?
If your child is away sick on their enrolled day, fees are still payable while you still have an active enrolment with Little Sails. If your child’s enrolled day falls on a public holiday, fees are charged for these days as well.
Is there a minimum number of days?
The minimum enrolment at Little Sails is 2 consecutive days (Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday) which will help with your child’s transition to preschool. Anything less can be too upsetting for your child as they cannot build a relationship with their teachers and their new friends. It can also be quite challenging for our educators to plan a program for your child if they are only attending one day a week.
Am I able to claim Government Rebates if I enrol?
Yes, Little Sails is eligible to provide CCS (Child Care Subsidy) Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to child care providers to pass on to families as a fee reduction so that their fees are reduced at the time they use child care. Families will pay their provider the difference between their subsidy and the fees charged. This means that you can claim the CCS once you have registered with Centrelink and confirmed all details though your MYGOV account