Frequently Asked Questions
- What activities does the Begina Kids Club provide?
The Begina Kids Club provides a variety of co-curricular activities that children can take part in during their after school and holiday programs. Each activity is catered to the individual child’s learning needs and has been designed by professional educators.
The activities include:
- Group Music Lessons (up to 3 children per session) (30 minutes)
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics): Lego, Robotics, Coding and 3D Printing (1 hour)
- Literacy: Spelling and Reading (1 hour)
- Art Lesson (1 hour)
- Supervised homework Hub: our tutor will assist each child to finish their daily homework. (6pm – 7pm)
- What are the benefits of using Lego as a part of the STEM curriculum?
As the foundation of our STEM based activities Lego has a multitude of educational benefits for children (and adults) in their early learning years.
Lego provides tools that develop lateral thinking in a fun environment.
- It teaches children to think in three dimensions.
- It improves literacy as children work with instructions.
- It develops problem-solving, organisation, and planning by construction.
- It improves creativity.
- It enhances communication and critical thinking.
- It develops fine motor skills.
- What are the benefits of my child learning extracurricular activities?
Here at Begina Education Centre we understand the need for children to have access to well developed, structed activities to assist learning in the early years of an individual’s life – we see these as the exploration years in which children can find enjoyment in what they learn, through play based activities.
Studies have shown that the early year’s in a child’s life is when most learning occurs.
‘Recent research confirms that the first five years are particularly important for the development of the child’s brain, and the first three years are the most critical in shaping the child’s brain architecture. Early experiences provide the base for the brain’s organizational development and functioning throughout life. They have a direct impact on how children develop learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities.’ (Facts for Life. 4th Edition)
At Begina Kids Club we have used professionally designed and facilitated learning activities that are not only fun and engaging, they are aiding in social and emotional well being and giving a child the opportunity to expand the ways in which they learn and how they learn, skills that they will use for life.
- What is the ‘Begina Experience’ and why does it work?
The ‘Begina Experience’ is based around the fundamentals that make up the Begina Education programs. Each program is adaptable and flexible to the learning abilities of each individual, children are given the opportunity to learn through socially creative shared experiences and play.
The Begina experience works as we believe that play is one of the main ways in which children learn, it helps build confidents and self-esteem by giving the child a sense of their abilities and to feel good about themselves.
Play allows each child to develop competencies and to strengthen their levels of concentration, as they become absorbed into the activity and lose themselves within the lesson – they achieve set outcomes and personal learning goals.
Most of the programs will be running at the same time in different classrooms, children will take turns to complete programs of their choice.
Due to the nature of Piano lesson is conducted in the small group, centre manager will notify the parents if the attendance of piano lesson as exceed it’s daily limit, parents can choose another day or stay on the waitlist.
- Does my child need to bring anything?
The Begina Kids Club provides all the required supplies for each activity – they even have an onsite piano to cater for music lessons.
- How are the activities Structured?
The Begina Kids Club activities are structured so that your child can get the most out of each session that they attend. Activities are run on a continuous basis throughout the afternoon beginning at 3:00pm and ending at 6:00pm (door close at 7pm) – allowing students to change from one activity to the next (depending on their payment plan) as they see fit.
Our professionally trained staff help to facilitate learning and guide your child in a structured way so that each individual child has a certain degree of control on how and what they learn. Parents may also speak to the centre director to discuss ideas on what activity they might like their child to take part in: thus, developing a curriculum program specifically catered for their individual child’s wants and needs. The group music lessons will essentially be teacher run with a focus on music appreciation in the early years, and is run in 30-minute intervals to make sure each student is given the opportunity to learn and to keep students engaged throughout the session.
The school holiday sessions are done in a morning and an afternoon session – Morning Session 9am – 12pm and Afternoon Session 2pm – 5pm (door close at 6pm). The same structure is followed with the activities except for the Homework Hub: This activity is not run during the school holiday period.
- Are your staff qualified?
All the staff at Begina Education centre are qualified in their specific fields, we employ teachers, early childcare facilitators, musical instructors, speech pathologists (specifically for our musical phonics program) and experienced programmers and educators, each member of our team holds a suitability for working with children (WWC – NSW). You can see more information about our staff in the ‘Our Team’ section of our website.
- What do my fees cover?
Begina Education Centre generates an all-inclusive tuition fee which covers the cost of all items and resources including stationery, writing implements, books and technical equipment.
A one off sign up fee $55 per child is required to reserve a place in our program.
- Tuition fees also pay the following
- The employment of professional tutors and administration staff, contract payments associated with fire protection, pest control and security services. They also pay for insurances, electricity, audit fees and other professional costs, rates, cleaning supplies and telephones.
- Maintenance of grounds and repairs to plant, equipment and furnishings.
- Classroom and specialist resources, general office and stationery costs, copy paper, postage, professional printing and staff professional development costs.
- Capital expenditure involving centre and office furniture and fixtures, computers and other equipment.
- Methods of Payment
Fees may be paid by cash, direct debit, bank debit (EFT) or credit card (Mastercard, Visa – NO AMEX). EFTPOS facilities are available at the office. Credit card payment may be made in person at the office.
NOTE: Payment by cash should only be made in person and a receipt obtained at that time. Where circumstances exist to make it necessary, any claim that tuition fees were paid in cash must be supported by a Begina Education Centre receipt.
Direct Debit: $5.5 dishonour fee.
- What happens if my child is unwell?
If your child is unwell you are required to notify the office at Begina Education Centre. If your child misses 3 or more consecutive lessons due to illness, you may apply for credit.
- Are Make-up Lessons offered?
Makeup lessons are not offered for missed lessons. Exceptions will not be made so we kindly ask that you adhere to the policy to avoid disappointment of refusal.
If your child misses 3 or more consecutive lessons due to illness, you may apply for credit.
Make up lessons will only be issued under the following guidelines:
Begina Education Office has received 24 hours’ notice prior to the lessons commencement.
Student has not exceeded their maximum of two makeup lessons within 3 months.
Any notice less than 24 hours will only be accepted with current and relevant medical documentation, covering all missed lessons.
Make up lessons will only be taken within next 1 week where lessons were missed and only where there is a position vacant. We cannot guarantee times will be available to suit your needs.
*Make-up lessons is not available for sessions that are under special promotional offer.
- Do you use the same teachers on a year-round basis?
At Begina Education Centre we endeavour to provide you with the most consistent experience as possible, however there are occasions when teacher changes are required. Please be advised that we cannot guarantee instructors from term to term. Please note refunds will not be given as a result teacher changes.
- What happens if a lesson is required to be cancelled?
Class occupancy is a major factor in determining whether a class will need to be cancelled. If your chosen class is not 50% full, a staff member may contact you to transfer to an alternate class. All lesson cancellations are at the discretion of the Centre Manager.
- What days is the centre closed?
Centre will be closed during all public holidays, students can book a make-up lesson if the scheduled day falls in public holiday.
Begina Education Centre will be closed on the following holidays.
New Year’s Day
Christmas & New year closed between 23 Dec 2017 – 7 Jan 2018
- What are your hours of operation?
The Begina Kids Club operating hours are as follows:
After School Kids Club 3pm – 7 pm
School Holiday Kids Club: Morning Session 9am – 12pm; Afternoon Session 2pm – 6pm
Public holidays: CLOSED