Our Lady of the Rosary ELCC

Our Lady of the Rosary Early Learning and Care Centre (ELCC) is a warm, friendly and welcoming environment that promotes a sense of family. Our culture is one of fairness, social justice and compassion. Our centre places great importance on forming positive relationships and working collaboratively with families, to ensure all children in our care feel safe, secure and supported.

In partnership with families we build secure trusting relationships with an emphasis on communication to ensure a sense of belonging. Forming trusting relationships provides a secure base for children to explore the world and learn through a play based learning approach.

Our experienced and qualified staff deliver a program that is designed to maximise each child's learning through a play-based approach that is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework.

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

Simone Weingaertner
Coordinator, Waitara ELCC
29 Yardley Avenue, Waitara NSW 2077

Phone:  9488 2400
  PO Box 636 Hornsby, 1630
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday (50 weeks of the year)
7:30am – 6:00pm
Closed on public holidays and two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period 

Enrolment and fees

CatholicCare welcomes enrolments from all children ages 6 weeks to 5 years from our community.

Families are encouraged to visit our service at Waitara to meet the Coordinator, educators and administration staff. You will be provided a guided tour of our facilities

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 centre. Once we receive the completed form, we will contact you to discuss vacancies.


  • Joey Room - $113 per day
  • Koala Room - $105 per day
  • Bilby Room - $99 per day
  • Echidna Room - $99 per day

Fees shown above are the full rates per day before consideration of CCB and CCR. Fees include all required meals for your child.

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
pdfFee policy and payment method
pdfFamily Handbook
pdfPolicy Booklet
pdfHealth Handbook
pdfStatement of Philosophy
docRoutine Excursion Authority Form

About our centre

Our Waitara ELCC is a 67 place long day care service that is open 50 weeks of the year. Our purpose build centre is located on the grounds of our Waitara Family Centre.

We pride ourselves in providing an educational program which is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework, encompassing a play based approach to learning. We believe it is through play that children learn about themselves and the world around them. "Play provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine". (EYLF 2009, p 15)

We believe that the care and education of children should be a collaborative partnership between child, their families, the centre and the community. Our centre embraces our diversity and utilises differences in culture to enhance and enrich the quality of our program and the service provided.

  • We cater for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years
  • We have a flexible attendance pattern
  • We welcome enrolments from all members of the community regardless of your religious beliefs or the primary school your child will attend. 

Our curriculum

The curriculum at our Waitara ELCC facilitates learning and development across all key learning areas as outlined below utilising a play based approach guided by the Early Years Learning Framework.

  • Language and literacy - Language development is fostered through storytelling, songs, rhymes, games, sequencing of events, retelling known stories and narratives, dramatic play and drawing
  • Mathematics - include group time games, counting, sorting, classigying, comparisons, measurement, puzzles, construction and problem solving tasks
  • Science - open ended inquiry based focus where children are encouraged to explore objects, materials and events. Children are encouraged to raise questions and make careful observations
  • Creative expression - we encourage creative expression through visual arts, construction, dramatic play, music and movement
  • Sensory play - stimulate children's senses through touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. These activities are often tactile experiences and include such things as play dough, slime, water play, bubbles and clay
  • Sustainability - promote an awareness of our environment and focuses on recycling, water conservation, worm farming, gardening and the use of natural materials in play
  • Health and wellbeing - focus on emotional wellbeing, social relationships, active play, fine and gross motor abilities, self-regulation, good nutrition and self-help skills building their growing independence.

Our curriculumn demonstrates a flexibility in program delivery, designed to minimise the times children are all expected to do the same thing at the same time. We recongise that effective learning is the most effective learning when experiences are meaningful. By reducing the times children are expected to pack away they are able to engage in learning that allows deeper in inquiry and investigation.

Our staff

The ELCC is staffed by a experienced, long serving educators comprising of 4 early childhood teachers, Diploma and Certificate 111 trained staff. Our educators also provide mentorship and guidance to educators studying for their Certificate 111.

The Early Learning Centre Coordinator is a Registered Carer.

There are two support teachers employed to assist the program delivery to children requiring additional support.

Our centre has a qualified cook responsibile for serving meals that comply with the Australian nutritional guidelines.

All educators employed with the centre regularly participate in training to ensure they are providing the most up-to-date, contemporary practices. As a team, we believe the education of children is a partnership between the child, their families and the centre and actively encourage families to be involved in the planning and implementation of our educational program and practice.

School transition

At our Waitara ELCC we believe in providing a School Transition program that progressively provides children with the skills and knowledge necessary to make the a smooth transition to school. To achieve this we focus on the whole child, assisting them to develop the important skills to settle into primary school.

We believe school readiness requires:

  • Social and emotional maturity
  • The ability to solve problems and think critically
  • Be aware of the environment around them
  • Learn strategies for conflict resolution, being respectful of others.
  • An emphasis on early literacy and numeracy achieved through a play based learning approach.
  • The ability to deal with separation maturely
  • The ability to concentrate for an increasing length of time.
  • To follow instructions
  • The ability to express needs
  • To demonstrate self help skills
  • To participate in shared learning experiences in small groups.       

Our hope is for families to remember us for love and care we show their children and for the children to transition to school smoothly having developed lifelong skills and a strong sense of self and who they are.