About Us

Elanora Heights Community Preschool is a not-for-profit, community based organisation which has been supported by, and contributed to our local community for over 50 years. The Preschool operates as a pack away centre within a shared community space in Elanora Heights Community Centre, which was built by the community and is now owned and maintained by Northern Beaches Council. Elanora Heights Community Preschool stands today as a symbol of community achievement.

 

Preschool Management

The Preschool is governed by a voluntary Board of Management, comprising up to eight Directors who are elected each year at the Annual General Meeting by members of the Elanora Heights Community Centre Kindergarten Co-Operative Society. The Board are responsible, together with the Director/Nominated Supervisor, for all matters relating to the legal responsibilities associated with the Preschool and to serve the interests of the organisation’s members, employees, families and children enrolled at the Preschool. Board Meetings are held regularly once a month. Elanora Heights Community Preschool is registered as a Co-operative. One or both parents of all children attending the preschool must be members of the co-operative. The annual membership fee is payable at the time of enrolment. All Board members must be members of the co-operative.

Funding

Elanora Heights Community Preschool is funded by NSW Department of Education to provide education and care to children between the ages of 3 to 5 years old for a minimum of 15 hours per week (during term time). Priority of Access is given to:

 

  • Children who are at least 4 years old on or before the 31 July in that preschool year and not enrolled or registered at a school
  • Children who are at least 3 years old on or before 31 July in that preschool year and from low income and/or Aboriginal families
  • Children with English language needs
  • Children with disability and additional needs
  • Children who are at risk of significant harm (from a child protection perspective).
  • Existing students of the Preschool who wish to remain in the program for a second year of preschool
  • Siblings of past students
  • Children who live within the catchment areas of the primary schools within and around Elanora Heights

 

There is no order of priority assigned to the list of points above. Priority must be given to the groups outlined above before any other groups, including non-equity three year olds.