Enrolment Enquiries and Choklits Tour Bookings
Your decision to find out more about Choklits is a wise one, we look forward to connecting and meeting your family!
Please complete the form below to send us an enquiry (and include your preferred date and time in the comments field if you would like to organise a tour of Choklits), we’ll be in touch shortly.
Choklits has a minimum two-day enrolment requirement per child as attending for two days or more per week helps children to settle in quickly and to get the most out of our curriculum, programs and extra activities.
CHOOSE TO JUMP THE ENQUIRY QUEUE…
Places at Choklits are limited so we only offer them to families who have joined our waiting list, a general enquiry or booking a centre tour doesn’t secure your place on our waiting list. The length of our waiting list varies from time to time. We offer places to families according to the date they joined the waiting list which can be made up to two years in advance.
The fee to join our waiting list is $50 per child (non-refundable) so please choose that option below if you wish to secure your place ASAP.
We look forward to connecting with you!
Fees and Funding
CHILD CARE SUBSIDY
Your combined family income is one of three key factors that determine how much Child Care Subsidy you will receive. Generally, as family income increases, the amount of Government Subsidy decreases.
The other two factors determining your Child Care Subsidy is your fortnightly activity – such as work, study or volunteering, and the type of service your child attends.
POSITIVE CHANGES TO THE ANNUAL SUBSIDY CAP
One of the benefits of the Governments new Child Care Subsidy is the removal of the annual cap for low and middle-income families.
If your total combined family income is $186,958 pa or less, the annual subsidy cap has now been removed.
If your family earns more between $186,958 and $351,248 pa, the cap will be increased to $10,190 per child, per year (previously $7,613).
This is great news for families who hit this cap well before the financial year is out and find themselves paying full fees or reducing their number of days of care until the annual cap resets. It will also remove the barrier for families wanting to work extra shifts, or increase the days their child attends care.
HOW DO I CALCULATE AND REPORT MY INCOME?
Unfortunately, calculating your exact subsidy entitlements can be a little confusing.
Prior to beginning care, you will need to complete a Child Care Subsidy assessment and apply for the subsidy via myGov. During this process, families will be asked to provide their estimated 2018-19 combined family income and their activity details.
The government will communicate with you through myGov for all Child Care Subsidy matters.
Your subsidy percentage will be based on your estimated combined annual family income. Your actual subsidy entitlement will be worked out at end of year reconciliation when your actual adjusted taxable income is known (after you have lodged your tax return).
The easiest way to estimate your income is to base it on your previous year’s tax return as well as any expected pay rises.
Note: 5% of your weekly Child Care Subsidy entitlement will be withheld by the government. Following reconciliation of your tax return at the end of the financial year, any amount owing to you will be paid as a lump sum by the government. If you have been paid too much Child Care Subsidy, you will have a debt to repay.
If you require information urgently, please call our centre on (03) 9879 5888 or visit myGov.
Please also note: if your child is not immunised they will not qualify for any rebate or financial assistance under these schemes unless they have a valid exemption.
When you have registered at myGov, call Choklits on (03) 9879 5888, ask to speak with Sue and she will run through the entire system, explain how everything works, give you an estimated cost and alert you of other things you need to know moving forward.
Choklits has a funded four-year-old kindergarten program run by Wei Xing who holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Our Kindergarten programs are the same as council run Kindergartens and private schools. The difference is we operate from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, are open 52 weeks of the year including all school holidays and cater for all family and work situations.
Watch a video message from Wei here.
what we provide
The Choklits daily rate includes bedding, nappies, all meals (breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and snacks), a welcome pack which includes a Choklits sun hat when your child joins the centre and a Christmas present as part of our end of year celebrations. We also include all our regular incursions and excursions in the rate including a weekly sports program, music and movement classes and yoga tuition, plus library excursions and language classes for our kindergarten children along with a portfolio of all your child’s work which they complete throughout the year.
ORIENTATION & YOUR CHILDS FIRST DAY
On their first day, children can attend with a parent and spend a short time at Choklits together, before you can then leave your child for a couple of hours. We judge each situation differently, but if the staff feel your child needs further orientation they will arrange more time.
We use this first visit to complete the required information sheets, including contact numbers for both parents, emergency numbers and all other relevant information about your child.
ARRIVAL & PICK UP TIMES
Although there are many children who start early, we like all children to be present by 9.30 am, allowing them to enjoy all of the morning’s formal program. A child arriving late when the group is already in session can making settling in harder. It is also important to try and arrive at the same time each day to pick your child up, as they do get used to a routine – they feel more secure if they know, for example, that Mummy or Daddy comes each day after afternoon tea. You are always welcome to ring Chokilts and speak with your room leader at any time during the day to check on your child.
SIGNING IN AND OUT
When dropping off children, parents must come into the Centre with their child and sign in using the electronic role located in our foyer. When leaving Choklits you must also sign your child out using the same electronic role as both are government requirements. For our sign in procedure and guide please visit this page, Jade has put together a video and shows you step-by-step how to use the role and iPad.
Some children do get distressed when their parents leave them. This is quite normal behaviour at first, but usually disappears as the child becomes more used to his/her surroundings. Often the tears stop as soon as the parent has left. When the time comes for separation, it is best not to prolong the goodbyes, but reassure your child that you will return. As your child becomes more secure and safe in the knowledge that you will return, the moment or separation becomes less stressful.
If your child is away on any day, or arriving later than 9:30am, we ask that you please phone us as early as possible so we ensure everyone is accounted and catered for.
WHO CAN COLLECT YOUR CHILD
It is our policy that no child attending Choklits can be picked up by persons other than those authorised on the enrolment form, unless previous arrangements have been made with us. Please remember to inform us if someone else is picking up your child.
WHAT TO BRING
We encourage you to pack your child’s favourite toy or comforter, a drink bottle and change of clothes. At Choklits, we provide each child with their own sun a hat (but you can bring your own if you prefer).
We believe that young children learn through play so their clothes and shoes should be durable to allow for outdoor play and climbing. They will be encouraged to explore a wide range of materials and activities, including some messy ones so please ensure clothing is:
- NOT your child’s best gear
- Can handle the dirt, and
- Clearly labelled
For additional information, please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org.