Alma Street Pre Prep Committee president Rachelle Treeby is staying positive.
Alma Street Pre Prep Committee president Rachelle Treeby is staying positive. Craig Warhurst

Alma Street to be restructured

ALMA Street Pre Prep is keeping its chin up, so to speak, among fears the Federal Government’s new funding structure for community kindergartens may force some centres to close.

Committee president Rachelle Treeby said children would be funded individually under the new Federal system, instead of 80 per cent of teachers’ wages and the government had planed the funding to allow each child 15 hours a week access to a qualified teacher.

Funding for under pre-prep aged children will also stop.

Mrs Treeby said Alma Street was staying positive and still trying to work out what the changes would mean for the Creche and Kindergarten-affiliated pre-prep.

Currently Alma Street has a two-day and a three-day group but with the new changes Mrs Treeby said hours would need to be restructured.

Children currently in a two-day group will need more face time with a qualified teacher, meaning Alma Street may have to offer a five-day fortnight with an alternate Wednesday – which would affect working parents. The centre will also need to stay open for an extra half an hour everyday.

“We’re looking at a number of options at the moment,” Mrs Treeby said. A blow would be if Alma Street didn’t get the enrolments required to make the numbers work. But the program would not change, she said, just the hours.

“It will be a big adjustment for parents,” she said. “We have to look at numbers and fees, we have to remain viable and competitive.”

Teacher-director Alleena Bath said parents would be advised as soon as more details were to hand.

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