Our Lady Star of the Sea ELC

Welcome to Our Lady Star of the Sea Early Learning Centre (ELC). Childhood is only a small period of our lives where we are free to play, learn and explore what interests us; without expectations, comparison, testing and fear of failure. Our dedicated team of educators embrace a child’s right to play and facilitate a rich learning environment which is relevant, meaningful and full of possibilities.

We believe children learn, develop and grow best through play based learning. The National Curriculum for Early Childhood, The Early Years Learning Framework supports and reflects this thinking. Play provides opportunities for children to express their learning in many different ways. Through play children test their ideas and thinking, validate what they know through questioning, practicing and experimenting, and repeating their actions.

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

Bronwyn Maley
Coordinator, Terrigal ELC
165 Serpentine Road, Terrigal NSW 2260

Mail:  PO Box 9, Terrigal NSW 2260
Phone:  4365 3222
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opening hours

From January 30th 2017 our hours of operation will be Monday to Friday: 8.15am - 3.45pm, during school term.

Enrolment and fees

CatholicCare welcomes enrolments from all children ages 3-5 from our community.

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 preschool. Once we receive your Waiting List Application 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 preschool and an opportunity to meet our educators.

  • There is a 2 day minimum enrolment requirement.
  • Children may enrol for 4 or 5 days if there are vacancies. The first three (3) days are $43 a day for 4 year old (children who turn 4 before the 31st July), and $46 for 3 year olds. The 4th and 5th days are $60 for all children.
  • Offers of enrolment for the beginning of the year are made in September/October of the previous year.
  • An enrolment interview is held with the Coordinator.
  • The children and their families are invited to attend orientation play afternoons in December.
  • Some children may need a longer transition process and this will be organised with the Coordinator.
  • Offers of enrolment may be made during the year if vacancies exist.

Some families may be eligible to claim Child Care Benefit (CCB) if you meet the required work assessment. Families will need to investigate their eligibility through the Family Assistance Office.

Enrolment forms and policies

docxExpression of Interest Form
docxEnrolment Form
pdfFamily Handbook
pdfHealth Handbook
pdfPolicy Booklet
pdfFee Policy and Payment Method
pdfSchedule of fees
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 Terrigal ELC is a purpose-built preschool on the grounds of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School.

We pride ourselves on delivering a quality and enriching play based program. Our program places importance on children developing positive relationships, and in environments which stimulate children’s thinking and curiosity.

In May 2014, we underwent Assessment and Ratings and received Exceeding the National Quality Standard.

  • We cater for children aged 3 to 5 years.
  • We have a flexible attendance pattern with a 2 day minimum.
  • Enrolment is open to all members of the community regardless of your religious beliefs or the primary school your child will attend.

Our curriculum

CatholicCare's ELC program and pedagogy are 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 programme is reflective of the children’s interests, strengths and emerging skills, with the emphasis on the children leading their own discovery. At The Early Learning Centre we view children as capable and competent and provide long periods of uninterrupted time for children to play, discover, investigate and explore. We acknowledge that children learn in a variety of ways and vary in their capabilities and pace of learning.

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. We have a regular pool of casual staff that include Certificate 3 and Early Childhood Teachers.

The Early Learning Centre Coordinator is a Registered Carer.

The ratio of educators to children is 1 educator to 10 children.

Documenting the learning

A significant part of involving families in their child’s learning is through communicating.

Documentation allows our educators to make visible the rich learning which takes place. This may include displays of children’s art work, photo boards, project book, learning stories, the programming folder and our preschool blog. Our blog is a secure blog that can only be accessed by families of enrolled children. It provides families with the opportunity to visit at their leisure to view and share their children’s learning journey.

School transition

We are fortunate to be located on the grounds of Our Lady Star of the Sea Terrigal Primary school, a school which values collaboration and building shared understandings across educational settings.

By nurturing our relationship with the staff and children at the primary school we believe we are facilitating improved social and academic outcomes for children, improved professional understanding between educators and increased community engagement.

In small groups or as a whole preschool we are able to use the school oval and play spaces, visit the classrooms, library and music room. Towards the end of the year we visit the canteen and practising purchasing ice blocks. The preschool often participates in whole school events such as assemblies, Mass, celebrations, walkathon, and the bi-annual Fair.

Moving around the school environment provides opportunities for children to become familiar with the sights and sounds of a school environment regardless of which school they will be attending.

The ELC Coordinator is involved in the primary schools Kindy Transition Programme including the information night and tours, orientation visits and data collection. Being part of this process allows us to share valuable information regarding our preschool children with the school.