Forest Hill VIC2019-06-14T18:33:17+00:00

Vibrant early learning in Forest Hill.

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Parents are impressed with Petit Early Learning Journey.

Rebecca Brown, Forest Hill VIC

Petit Early Learning Journey Forest Hill has been wonderful for our two children. Being their first experience of childcare we were not sure what to expect but we have been blown away by the level of care they have received. The educators are all very warm and nurturing and have formed close relationships with our children. The educators also put a huge amount of effort into organising new and interesting activities for the children each day and sharing information with parents about the activities and their child’s accomplishments. I would highly recommend Petit Early Learning Journey Forest Hill to all parents.

Diana & Michael Atkins, Forest Hill VIC

Since the first day Isla started at Petit we have felt comforted in the fact that Isla is well cared for and always learning and growing in a supportive environment. The educators are all warm and genuine and take pride in their roles and have obvious bonds with the children. Isla loves attending and is making leaps and bounds in her development each week.

Zoe M., Burdell 1 QLD

Leaving your kids in the care of others as a mother is one of the most difficult things we have to do: well at least it has been for me… However I cannot express the peace of mind I have when I drop our little girl to day care. I know that she is cared for and even to an extent loved by those who oversee her. I have witnessed her thriving since she has been at Petit, not only educationally but also socially and I can only put it down to quality of care and the teachers she has been entrusted

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The high-quality care your child deserves.

Extra-curricular activities

Petit Forest Hill has a purpose-built indoor garden café for children to relax, enjoy picnics and each other’s company. Surrounded by a white picket fence and fitted out with picnic tables and bean bags, our garden café has views into our Kitchen for children to watch with wonder their delicious meals being prepared.

Inclusions

A big part of our Forest Hill day care offering is making our families’ lives as easy as possible. All nappies, wipes and food are included in your daily fees, we also provide hats and sunscreen for all children.

Meals

We ensure a well-rounded diet is provided by our chef, helping to teach the importance of nutrition at a young age. Included each day is breakfast, morning tea, nutritious lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack.

Typical day at Forest Hill
Time Nursery (0-2 years) Toddlers (2-3 years) Pre-Kindy (3-5 years)
6:30am Children + Parents are welcomed Children + Parents are welcomed Children + Parents are welcomed
6:30am-9:00am Indoor/outdoor experiences + Free play Indoor/outdoor experiences + Free play Indoor/outdoor experiences + Free play
9:00am Morning tea Morning tea Morning tea
9:30am-11:30am Nursery program
Free movement
Sensory experiences
Exploration of natural world
Music
Toddlers program
Creative experiences
Peer interactions
Literacy + Numeracy
Music + Movement
Kindergarten
Literacy + Numeracy
Creative arts
Science + Natural world
Technology
Group experiences
Physical development
Community + Culture
11:30am Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:00pm-2:00pm Sleep/Rest/Relaxation Sleep/Rest/Relaxation Sleep/Rest/Relaxation
2:00pm-3:00pm Child interest led indoor experiences Child interest led indoor experiences Child interest led indoor experiences
3:00pm Afternoon tea Afternoon tea Afternoon tea
3:30pm-6:30pm Outdoor experiences + Free play
Late snack provided
Outdoor experiences + Free play
Late snack provided
Outdoor experiences + Free play
Late snack provided

Tailored learning & curriculum for each age group.

At Petit, we tailor an early learning curriculum for each age group and constantly reflect and evaluate our programmes to ensure they meet your child’s individual needs.

Babies.

0-2 years

Through a gentle, supportive approach, we help your baby develop in key areas from the very beginning. Above all, we provide a safe, warm environment for your baby to build confidence and feel secure and loved.

Toddlers.

2-3 years

Bursting with energy and curiosity, we welcome toddlers with love, creativity and patience. As 2 and 3 year-olds become more active and involved in their daily activities, we give them freedom and space to flourish.

Pre-school.

3-5 years

Preparing for the school years ahead, pre-schoolers learn and grow immensely from ages 3-5. Through structured and play-based learning, we let your child explore and learn in the way that’s best for them.

The perfect environment for your child to discover their creativity, confidence and love of learning.

Your child will be engaged in an honest, welcoming and friendly environment that is suited to their age and developmental needs. Our staff-to-child ratios ensure your child is getting the best care and attention they need and deserve.

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Keeping you connected every step of the way.

To help parents keep track of their child’s day care experience, we use an online management tool called Storypark. This app allows you to discover and follow your child’s learning journey and you can also find documented stories about your child and their day.

Educator Profile

Belinda BalaamCentre Director

I have been in the early childhood education sector for 18 years and hold a Diploma of Children’s Services from Swinburne University.

I have always had a passion for working with young children. One of my biggest motivations for working with young children is knowing I am able to make a positive difference to a child’s life during the early stages.

Getting to know each individual child and seeing them reach each individual milestone is the most rewarding aspect.

It’s amazing seeing the children become independent beings forming friendships, learning new skills and experiencing beautiful moments together.

I encourage family participation and welcome engagement and collaboration in the program with our open door policy . Current concepts and teaching strategies we are exploring at Forest Hill are community inclusion and the development of our sustainability program.

We have experienced so many magical moments within our Centre and I can’t wait to share this journey with you and your family.

Petit ELJ Fees 2019

All ages

$125/day

Included in the fees:

  • Nappies, wipes, bedding and linen
  • All meals. Wholesome, prepared by in-house chef
  • Access to our secure, electronic sign in and sign out system
  • Access to StoryPark – your child’s online learning portfolio
  • Inclusion in our Early Childhood Teacher taught Kindergarten Program (if eligible)
  • Starter Enrolment Pack (includes a sunhat and totebag)

Forest Hill studios:

Studio Age Range Capacity
Baby Boulevard 0 – 15 months 16
Burrows Lane 15 months – 2 years 24
Haven Place 2 – 2.5 years 20
Darling Drive 2.5 – 3 years 16
Blossom Hill 3 – 4 years 22
Treasure Cove 4 – 5 years 20

Child Care Subsidy Eligibility

These fees are before Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Petit ELJ Forest Hill is registered and eligible for CCS support.
You can obtain an estimate of the subsidy you may receive under CCS on:

https://www.centrelink.gov.au/custsite_pfe/pymtfinderest/paymentFinderPage.jsf?wec-appid=pymtfinderest&wec-locale=en_US#stay

Kindergarten Program.

Enrol your Child in a Kindergarten Program today to encourage a smooth transition and school readiness!

Benefits of attending a Petit ELJ Kindergarten Program:

  • Socialisation and supportive friendships
  • Develop a love of learning
  • Better prepared to start school
  • Interactive Smartboard and iPads to enhance learning journey

Kindergarten Program Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Do Petit ELJ provide a Kindergarten Program?

A. Petit ELJ provide a kindergarten program for children in the year before Prep (children who are 4 by 30 June in the year they start). Our kindergarten program is play-based and is delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher.

Q. Is your kindergarten program funded and supported by the Australian Government?

A. Yes our Centres based in QLD and VIC run a kindergarten program that is recognised and approved by their respected Governments. These Centres also receive additional funding to enhance the kindergarten program.

Q. What is the difference between your Kindergarten Program and Council Kindergarten’s/Private Schools?

A. The difference is that our program runs within long day care hours so we operate from 6.30am to 6.30pm* Monday to Friday, are open 52 weeks a year and open all school holidays which allows us to cater to all family/work situations.

*Please check operating hours with individual Centre.

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Frequently asked questions

Q. Are you Child Care Benefit/Child Care Rebate approved?

A. Yes we are! To aid in the payment of childcare fees, the Family Assistance Office (FAO) has provided access to Child Care Benefits (CCB) and the Childcare Rebate. Parents, please note it is your responsibility to apply for these schemes with the Family Assistance Office on 13 61 50.

For further information:
http://www.familyassist.gov.au
https://www.mychild.gov.au/childcare-information/rebate

Q. When are my fees payable?

A. Fees are payable on the Friday of your child’s first week of care via Ezidebit. Fees are payable one week in advance so in your child’s first week of care, two weeks fees with be debited.

Q. Can my child and I have an orientation before commencing care?

A. Yes you are more than welcome to orientate your child to our Petit Centres.

We want to help make the settling in period as easy as possible — as new situations are often overwhelming for young children. A gradual introduction for your child into Petit Early Learning Journey centre works best.

Please contact our Centre Directors to arrange a suitable time for you and your child to visit our Centre and meet our educators.

Our orientation sessions are at no charge however all enrolment documents must be returned and parents must stay on the premises.

Q. Do you have a minimum number of days my child has to attend?

A. Yes, we recommend a minimum of 2 days as we believe your child will benefit from building strong trusting relationships with their educators and peers.

They’ll also settle in more quickly the more frequently they attend.

Q. What do I need to bring on my child’s first day?

A. You only need bring a spare change of clothing, a water bottle and linen for your child as we supply all meals, nappies and sunhats.

For families who have littles ones in the nursery, please bring bottles and formula/breast milk. If a comforter such as pacifiers, blanket or soft toys is required, please feel free to bring this along too.

Q. Can I please come in for a tour before deciding whether we enrol our child?

A. Yes you most definitely can!

Please call our Centre Directors to arrange a suitable time for you and your child to visit our Centre and meet our educators or request a tour here.

Q. I want to enrol my child, what is the process?

A. Please complete an online enquiry form or alternatively call your preferred Centre you can locate their number here and a Petit team member will be in touch with you to walk you through the next steps in enrolling your child.