Privacy and Terms & Conditions of Term Enrolment
Session times and costs
Covid-19 Update: School programs will re-commence from July 2020. Should we be forced to shut-down our classes due to an outbreak, fees for missed classes will be refunded in full.
Our after-school workshops run from school finish time to 5 pm - we take charge of the children onsite as soon as school finishes.
On-site classes cost $35/session including GST and afternoon tea: Our artKids teachers meet the children on site, provide afternoon tea and supervision before taking them into the classroom or to the hall facility nearby (depending on the school).
Dropping off from a different school $32/session including GST but NO afternoon tea: Children attending from another school should be at the designated school by 3.30 pm at the latest. Please make sure your child has had some food to eat before the class. Children who are hungry don’t make for great artists, despite the common theme of ‘starving artists’ in art history!
Sibling discounts for three siblings only - we aim to keep our prices as affordable as possible.
All materials used in our class projects are provided by us - there is no need for parents to remember to pack anything for their child or purchase additional materials unless they choose to do so.
NEW! We have recently lanched our artKids Art Scholarship program for those experiencing financial hardship. Please contact us for more information.
Collecting children after class
Parents collect their children at the designated finish time of 5 pm (or equivalent). Our teachers have their own families, evening studies and life commitments. We ask that you respect them and are on time to collect your child. In some instances, there are unavoidable delays such as traffic. Please text or call your class teacher and let them know you are on your way.
Covid-19 Pick up - Students must be signed out by parents electronically via an artKids Team member. Please do not remove your child from the premises before speaking directly with one of our assistants verbally and visibly acknowledging collection. Please note the various measures put in place at each artKids site with regard to social distancing, etc.
Enrolment confirmation, payment and cancellation
Enrolment is confirmed by payment of the term fees one week prior to classes commencing. If you prefer to pay in fortnightly instalments, please let us know.
Payment is by direct debit or cash only.
No classes run on public holidays and fees are not charged for public holidays.
Should we be forced to close due to Covid-19, all unused fees will be refunded.
We want your child to have an enjoyable art experience. If your child is unhappy for any reason, please let us know immediately so we can work with your child - no matter how small the incident may seem. Sometimes friends fall out of favour with each other, sometimes a child may make a hurtful or unwitting comment that will upset your child. This type of behaviour is not part of our artKids art agreement with the children and we want to know about it.
If you do choose to cancel your child’s enrolment within the seven days before the class commencement or during the term, we are happy to refund the remaining fee less a $55 administration fee - we prefer happy students and happy parents but do need to cover our costs.
Classes run according to school term times with two exceptions:
Term 1 starts in Week 2 - that is, it is a 9 week term
Term 2 and 3 run the full 10 weeks
Term 4 finishes in week 9, that is, a 9 week term.
If you are unsure whether your child will like the class or not, you can ask for a trial class. Trial classes are charged at $35 for a single session. If your child likes the class and you choose to book for the term, the remainder of the term fee is charged. Online class trial is $20.
Kindergarten Trials: As there is such a wide range of skills and ability to focus of children at this age, we prefer to see how the child copes with a class situation before agreeing to enrol the child. We do not expect them to be drawing/painting for the whole session, but we do expect they can focus on art-related activities for the time. Please note we are an art class - not a child-minding service.
If we feel that the child is not able to cope with the class, we will let you know - there will be no charge for a trial class if we decide they are not yet ready. If we feel they can continue, the full term fee is payable.
Children with learning needs policy
We aim to be inclusive and find that art is a great way for children with learning needs or from different countries to express themselves. However, we are passionate artists firsts, educators second and not designated special needs educators. We are more than happy for parents, carers or support workers to attend our classes with a child. We do ask parents to fill in our Student Profile to assist us with children's learning needs. We will work with parents and children to aim for an enjoyable art experience for all students in our class, however, should your child’s learning needs and behaviour take our teachers away from the bulk of the class, we will suggest small group or one-on-one tutoring as an alternative.
Three-week Behaviour Improvement Policy: In the first week, we observe behaviour and then discuss with parents the child’s needs within the class setting, agreeing on a behaviour management plan. Working with you and your child, we will aim to see an improvement in the child's attentiveness and behaviour in the second week. We will try one more session before we suggest private or semi-private tutoring alternatives.
Ill children or extended holidays
In the event your child is ill on the day of their art class, please text or call the mobile of the designated teacher. We ensure your children are safe and it is frustrating to waste art time following up on the whereabouts of ill children.
Under Covid-19 Health and Safety Policy, if children are showing signs of illness - runny nose, listlessness, high temperature - parents/carers will be called and asked to collect their child immediately. The child will be isolated within the room until they can be collected.
If you know ahead of time that you will be away, for example, an extended overseas trip, family emergency or unexpected ongoing illness with doctor's certificate, please let us know and we can make credit arrangements.
Make-up classes - now offering a weekly Zoom make-up class
Where multiple classes are offered at the same school, your child can attend a make-up class on another day after advising the art teacher.
If there is only one class at your school, you can attend a session at another school, at our Saturday morning class in Turner or a recorded Zoom class by advising us at to make the arrangements.
In special circumstances of prolonged illnesses or with a doctor’s certificate, we can provide credit for missed classes for the following term.
Any personal and medical information you supply to artKids Canberra will not be disclosed outside our artKids Teachers and Assistants without your express consent, except where required by law. artKids Canberra will, from time-to-time, email parents and carers of students and past students for marketing purposes, and always with the option to unsubscribe from our contact mailing list should you wish.