About our service
Where is Kids on Rennie located?
We’re located at 41 Rennie Street in Lara, Victoria, on the corner of Rennie Street and Archimedes Avenue.
We’re a short walk from the train station, immediately opposite a bus stop, and in close proximity to the town centre, including the local library and Woolworths and Coles supermarkets. It’s a fantastic space for children to go on regular outings so they can explore their local community.
What are your opening hours?
Our opening hours are Monday to Friday, 6.30am to 6.30pm.
Can you tell me about your rooms?
We have 8 children’s rooms, catered for each age group and which includes a room for 3-year-old kindergarten and 4-year-old kindergarten. Our room names are named after Australian native plants, including Indigenous plants from Lara, Geelong and the You Yangs, home to the Wadawurrung people:
|Red Gum||0 – 18 months|
|Blue Gum||0 – 18 months|
|Golden Wattle||2 – 3 years|
|Hedge Wattle||2 – 3 years|
|Ironbark||3 – 4 years|
|Stringybark||3 – 4 years|
|Coast Banksia||4+ years|
|Silver Banksia||4+ years (kindergarten)|
Other than children’s rooms, what else does your centre have?
Our babies and little learners have access to two cot rooms, allowing them a quieter place to sleep. Our older children (over 2 years) also get access to art spaces where they can get creative with paint and all things messy.
We have a piazza in the middle of our centre, created to encourage learning and playing in a different setting, and to act as a central hub for our families and children to collaborate and meet up.
We have set up our centre with a natural, sustainable feel. Consistent with our philosophy and values, we aim to respect the environment and reduce as far as possible our footprint on the environment. Our indoor and outdoor areas both allow children to explore and learn with natural textures and materials.
Do you supply meals?
Yes! Healthy, nutritious, well-balanced meals are cooked in our modern kitchen each day (and the flavours and aromas are divine)! Breakfast, morning tea, afternoon tea, lunch and a late afternoon snack are all prepared on-site. Children’s food allergies and dietary requirements are taken into account.
What else do you supply?
We supply all children with nappies, wipes and sunscreen, as well as lots of love, care and focus from our educators.
How will you communicate with families?
We primarily use email and phone as methods of communication, but love a good chat whenever you’re in the centre. Families also have access to the Xplor Home app that allows them to observe their child on a daily basis. We also have a portal for families to access documents such as fee statements and policies.
How can families get involved?
We encourage our families to get involved through incursions and activities, by participating in service events and excursions, and by helping us achieve our sustainable goals including recycling items they no longer need. Our family handbook contains more information about how families can become part of our service.
Our educational program
What is your educational program based on?
We follow the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) which describes the principles, practices and outcomes that support and enhance young children’s learning. The teaching of virtues, including trust, honesty, patience, resilience and a sense of service, will be embedded into our learning and daily practices.
What about diversity and inclusion?
This is important to us, as we know it is for many families and children. We want to make our centre an open place for all, including families, parents, guardians, childcare educators and children.
Diversity and inclusion will be embedded in our educational program. We hope that our families can assist us in celebrating key cultural days and cultural practices.
What about community partnerships?
We actively engage and interact with our surroundings and the Lara community by connecting with local groups and organisations and organising local excursions.
If you’d like to discuss with us any partnerships, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enrolments and fees
When did Kids on Rennie open?
We officially opened our doors on 3 February 2020. Since that time, we have experienced significant growth such that our hallways and rooms are full of lots of laughter and fun.
How can I enrol?
You can enrol your child by filling out our online enrolment form. We’ll then process your enrolment form and arrange your child’s orientation sessions.
If you have any difficulties filling it out, please let us know and we’d be more than happy to help.
Will you have a sausage sizzle for opening day?
We were planning on a big opening day in March 2020, but COVID-19 impacted our plans. We hope to plan something special in 2021 when it’s safe to do so. We’ll keep you posted, and hope you understand.
What are your fees?
Kids on Rennie is an approved childcare provider for CCS purposes. We have three different session times for families so they can get the most of their Child Care Subsidy. Please see our fees page for more information. Further details about all charges are available by emailing us.
How do we pay fees?
All families are required to pay via Xpay (credit card or debit card). This is the only method of payment that the Service will accept (some exceptions apply, following which families may be able to pay via the phone or in person at the Service premises). Families will be required to complete a debit form prior to enrolment.
Upon enrolment, families will be required to pay the current week, plus two weeks in advance. All fees are to be maintained two weeks in advance thereafter and can be paid either on a weekly or fortnightly basis as preferred.
Do we get charged for absences?
Normal fees will apply for all absences. This includes public holidays during which the Service is closed.
Each child is entitled to 42 allowable absences within each financial year. Once all of these 42 absences have been used, CCS will no longer apply on the days the child is absent from the Service. This means that the family will be responsible for paying the full fee rate.
Do we get charged while we’re away on holidays?
Families will not be charged the daily fee for days during the Christmas period during which Kids on Rennie closes for all families. Families will be provided with advance notice of the yearly Christmas closure period.
For family holidays, families will be allowed a discount for four weeks of holidays (20 days) per calendar year and is based on the child’s attendance. For example, a child that attends the Service two days a week will be entitled to eight holiday discount days for the financial year. A minimum of two weeks’ notice needs to be given for the discount to be applied, and will only apply if the account is up-to-date. Please email us about our discount.