About Us


Our Function

The Forest Lakes/Thornlie Family Centre Inc is a community managed organisation that is a not for profit, incorporated organisation. The building is managed by a group of volunteer Board Members made up of community members providing a venue of community groups. The centre is managed on a day to day basis by the centre coordinator.

The centre's aim is to provide an opportunity to meet people, establish friendships and learn new skills by being involved within the community.



Our Facilities

  • 2 Large Air-conditioned and heated activity areas
  • Kitchen facilities with crockery for refreshments
  • Fenced outdoor play area with sandpit and children's play equipment
  • Level access for differently abled people
  • Group storage facilities
  • Equipment such as overhead projector, TV/Video
  • Fully maintained gardens and lawns
  • Tables / chairs
  • Substantial off street parking


Programs & Associations

  • 3 year-old Kindy
  • Playgroups
  • Discovery Club (2 to 4-year-old Children)
  • Child Health Nurses
  • Bridge Club
  • Weight Watchers Federation
  • Uniting Church
  • Western Australia Board Games Association
  • Sporting Clubs
  • Birthday Parties & Workshops


Our History

The centre was officially opened by the Hon Yvonne Henderson MLA on November 28 1992 as a joint project with the City of Gosnells and the Government of Western Australia. When the centre opened, it provided services such as 4-year-old kindy, playgroups, social and craft groups for adults. The centre now offers services to nearly 300 families, including: Playgroups, 3-year-old kindy, discovery club (2 to 4-year-old children), Child Health nurses, Bridge Club, Weight Watchers Federation, Uniting Church, Western Australia Board Games Association, sporting clubs, birthday parties and workshops. 



Our Values

  • Enhancing Personal growth
  • Being Supportive
  • Providing Knowledge
  • Encouraging Community Participation
  • Enhancing Diversity

Our services is always reassessing our target groups and the services we provide to ensure we are providing the best service for our community both in the City of Gosnells and surrounding areas.



Our Philosopy

“Learning through play in a fun environment”
We believe the aim of the Three Year Old Programme at the Forest Lakes Family Centre is to provide a happy, stimulating environment in which children are given the opportunity to develop cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically as individuals through play and encouraging independence. We believe that each child is unique and therefore should be encouraged to develop in an individual way. Each child needs to feel special, to help develop POSITIVE SELF CONCEPT. Forest Lakes 3s Plus Kindy is a caring, inclusive family orientated centre that respects the diversity and the wide range of social backgrounds, abilities and experiences within its community. Forest Lakes 3s Plus Kindy is in compliance with The Early Years Learning Framework and The National Quality Framework. We operate an outstanding facility which nurtures and enhances the Belonging, Being and Becoming in each child.