Infant Community Programs

Two infant community children sitting at lunch table.

Enrolment in the Infant Community program is separate to wait listing for the Stage 1 – 3 (3 to 12 years) program. To wait list a child for Pre and Primary, attendance at a tour is required along with the corresponding application fee.

Infant Community Booking Process

Infant Community programs are offered on a term-by-term basis.  There is no wait list, offers and bookings are made in accordance with the following steps.

Students attending the current term of Infant Community classes are given preference to enrol in the following term. Offers are made via email to the nominated parent and include a direct booking link to pay and confirm a place. Current family re-enrolment offers in the same age group level are made on the Monday of Week 5 of each academic term. Families are provided one week to re-enrol before the next round of offers are made.

After that, offers are made to families who are already attending the current term of Infant Community classes and are moving up an age group. These offers are made on the Monday of Week 6 of each academic term. Families are provided one week to re-enrol before the next round of offers are made.

Once this process is complete for families attending in the current term, any remaining vacancies are opened to all others, on the Monday of Week 7 (sometimes Week 8) of each academic term. A direct booking link for each program with vacancies is posted on this page of the website and under the relevant course pages.

Placement Priority

We encourage families to start an Infant Community program early in their child’s life if considering placement for Pre and Primary. 

First time bookings are accepted for children under 2.5 years of age as a minimum of six months of the program is necessary to optimise outcomes. First time bookings for children over 2.5 years of age may be refunded if demand exceeds places for the younger age group.

On occasion a Transition to Stage 1 place (term prior to starting Stage 1) is offered to children over 2.5 years if they’ve been offered a Stage 1 place but have not attended the Infant Community previously.

Places are limited and we are often unable to meet demand for the Infant Community for children wishing to join after 18 months of age. Joining the program at pregnancy or before 15 months (Toddler Transition start age) provides priority entry to the 18 month to three year course – the Parent Toddler Program (PTP).

Term 4, 2019 Attendance Dates

In Term 4, 2019 the Infant Community is operating from Tuesday 15th October to Thursday 12th December.

The Parent Toddler Programs runs for the duration of the Term and the Nido and Toddler Transition program runs from the second to second-to-last week of term.  Specific dates are published in the booking links once released as they may vary each term.

Participants attend one session per week at the same day and time. PTP classes are two hours in duration and Nido and Toddler and Transition one-and-a-half hours. Make-up classes are not available as all classes are usually booked at capacity.

Booking Dates for Next Available Classes

The next available placements for Infant Community classes are for Term 4, 2019 this year which starts on the 15th of October and concludes on the 12th of December. The booking dates are as follows:

  • Students attending the current term of Infant Community classes may book from 26th of August to 1st of September
  • Students attending the current term of Infant Community classes and moving up an age group level will be offered in Week 6 from the 2nd to 8th of September
  • Vacancies are opened to all others from Week 8 on the 9th of September and will be published on this page of our website.

Montessori Nest

The Nest is still open for bookings for Term 3. Refer to Montessori Nest for more detail.

Course Costs for 2019

The cost of each program for the coming term is outlined below.  Fees are non-refundable.

  • Montessori Nest $150 per session
  • Nido and Toddler Transition $330
  • Parent Toddler Group $550
  • Transition to Stage 1 (two sessions per week without parents by invitation) $1,475; or $2,950 to attend four sessions per week.

Term 4, 2019 Class Timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

9:00am – 11:00am

PTP (Balmain)

9:00am – 10:30am

Nido (Rozelle)

8:45am – 12:15pm 

Transition to Stage 1 (Balmain)

9:00am – 10:30am

Toddler Transition (Rozelle)

8:45am – 12:15pm 

Transition to Stage 1 (Balmain)

9:00am – 11:00am

PTP (Rozelle)

8:45am – 12:15pm 

Transition to Stage 1 (Balmain)

9:00am – 10:30am

Nido (Rozelle)

8:45am – 12:15pm 

Transition to Stage 1 (Balmain)

9:00am – 11:00am

PTP (Rozelle)

9:00am – 11:00am

PTP (Balmain)

 

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Toddler Transition (Rozelle)

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Nido (Rozelle)

 

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Toddler Transition (Rozelle)

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Nido (Rozelle)

 

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See How to Enrol for further details regarding wait listing and enrolments for Preschool and Primary at ISMS.