Our Lady of Good Counsel ELC

Welcome to Our Lady of Good Counsel Early Learning Centre (ELC).

 A warm, home-like atmosphere of inclusive play-based learning is at the core of our philosophy and practice. Our highly qualified and experienced early childhood educators provide a curriculum for 3 to 5-year old pre-schoolers that enriches children’s lives through meaningful engagement with others and environment.

As families are children’s best and first teacher we strive to work in close partnership with families to strengthen all areas of child’s growth, especially their emotional and social development; feelings of self-competence, as well as dispositions to learn and expectations to succeed.

Please feel welcome to visit the pre-school or contact me should you require any further information.

Susanna Peterson
Coordinator, Forestville ELC
11 Currie Road, Forestville NSW 2087

Phone:   9452 3069
Mobile:  0427 230 013
Mail:  PO Box 48, Forestville NSW 2087
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Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 8:15am - 3:45pm, during school term.

Enrolment and fees

To enrol, simply complete the Expression of Interest Form and either email the completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop it back into the pre-school. Once we receive your completed form, we will contact you and discuss vacancies.

Families are also welcome to contact the Coordinator for further information or to arrange a tour of the pre-school and an opportunity to meet our educators.

  • In line with pre-school funding we have a two-tier fee schedule. The daily rate for 4 and 5-year old children is $59. The rate for 3-year olds is $63. Please refer to our Schedule of Fees for more information.
  • Offers of enrolment for the beginning of the year are made in September/October of the previous year.

Please note, the Child Care Benefit (CCB) available to families at the ELC is different to that which is available to Long Day Care services and equates to approximately 70 cents per hour. Families will need to investigate their eligibility through the Family Assistance Office.

Enrolment forms and policies

docxExpression of Interest Form
docxEnrolment Form
pdfFamily Handbook
pdfFee Policy and Payment Method
docSchedule of fees
pdfHealth Handbook
pdfPolicy Booklet
pdfStatement of Philosophy

About our centre

Diocese of Broken Bay Early Learning Centres are a joint venture between CatholicCare, the Catholic Schools Office and the Parishes in the Diocese of Broken Bay, with financial support from the Australian government through the Building the Education Revolution (BER) funds. These centres are managed on behalf of the school and parish community by CatholicCare Diocese of Broken Bay.

Our Forestville ELC is a purpose-built preschool on the grounds of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School. In April 2016, the service was assessed and rated in accordance with the National Standards for Children’s Services and we achieved a result of Exceeding the National Quality Standard.

We cater for children aged 3 to 5 years and have four groups of 20 children, with set attendance pattern of either 2 or 3 consecutive days:

  • Monday & Tuesday - Guyong group
  • Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday - Nungha group
  • Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - Punyal group
  • Thursday & Friday - Wibbee group

This provides consistency and helps children develop friendships and sense of belonging. We welcome children and families of all backgrounds regardless of their choice of primary school. Extra days are also available depending on enrolments.

Our curriculum

CatholicCare's ELC program and pedagogy is underpinned by the Principles, Practices and Learning Outcomes outlined in the National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The framework places emphasis on the significance of play-based learning and the importance of building strong relationships with children, families and the community.

Our curriculum is developed in a holistic way with consideration of the inter-related nature of child development and learning. Curriculum areas such as: Literacy, Numeracy, Arts, Science, Technology, Physical and Health education, as well as Spirituality and Stewardship are not singled out to be taught at certain times. Instead they are integrated into all aspects of our day and within context of play.

We believe that children thrive and learn best when they feel safe, supported and respected for who they are and when their learning is guided by their own interests and choices. Children’s learning becomes meaningful when they are free to learn at their own rate and in their own way. At the same time we place high value on intentional teaching and adult child interactions through which educators bring a rich knowledge base to support children to move on to new and higher levels of understanding.

Our educators

The ELC is staffed by a dedicated team of professionals and consists of University trained Early Childhood Teachers and TAFE trained Diploma Educators with many years of experience. We are privileged to have on our team an educator who is French. She incorporates this into the program regularly by teaching French language to our children.

Documenting the learning

We use a range of communication mediums to involve families in their child's learning:

  • Weekly outline of experiences: what educators intend to offer and share with the children, based on observations of their interests, development and strengths (displayed in a fortnightly format).
  • The Daily Diary (displayed on IPads for each group): a selection of some captured learning experiences that actually occurred during the day containing educators’ reflections and photos.
  • The Pre-school Blog, which besides information about the Centre philosophy, policies, newsletters and useful links, contains all information related to curriculum including each group’s Daily Diaries and any other pedagogical documentation related to children’s time at the preschool. The Blog is password protected and accessible only to the families.
  • End of term summaries, which are formal ways of assessing individual children’s progress. This document contains information on how each child has been engaging with the curriculum and how they are progressing within the scope of five learning outcomes of the EYLF.
  • Documentation of shared interests, events and projects displayed on walls or in project books.
  • Newsletters: published at the beginning of each term. They contain useful updates about the centre including planned events for the current term.

School transition

While school readiness is continuously integrated into every aspect of our pre-school program from the beginning of each school year, there is a certain progression in the level of its intensity throughout the year. This is also reflected in the number of experiences that are jointly planned by the ELC and Our Lady of Good Counsel primary school. They include library visits, sports session at the school oval, attending school assemblies, having morning tea at the school, and kindy visits.

These visits have proven tremendously helpful for all children in their year before school as they are introduced to the physical, social and learning environments, as experienced within a school. The visits focus on some of the key features of a primary school, which are often consistent regardless of which school children will attend.

A point that is regularly featured as one of the most daunting characteristics of a 'big' school is the environment. The difference between a small pre-school environment, with a strong focus on safety, love care and nurturing, to that of a Primary School is quite significant. We hope to bridge this gap a little, so the children enter their Primary School environment feeling happy and confident.