Petit ELJ Barton is in the heart of the National Circuit and offers engaging and supportive indoor and outdoor environments for your child to foster a lifelong love of learning. Our Centre has large covered and uncovered play areas allowing for exploration and fun all year round. Our environments are created with our children interests at heart and create an opportunity for learning to be child-led. We encourage our children to make choices around resources and activities that interest them and spark curiosity.
We employ amazing, qualified educators who are passionate about children’s learning and development of lifelong skills. A collaborative partnership with children, families and the communities drive our quality curriculum program for every child. Our educators have regular professional development training that promotes contemporary early childhood practices as they unfold, making for a productive, meaningful learning environment.
Tenita WilliamsCentre Director
Hi I’m Tenita Willaims, Centre Director at Petit ELJ Barton. I have been in the Early Childhood for 8 years now and have a Diploma in Children’s services. I studied Early Childhood when I was in school and very quickly fell in love with the sector.
It is incredible to see the milestones and accomplishments that children make every day. I love the unpredictability of working with children and knowing each day will be different. Through this, I have developed greatly as an educator, and I am continually striving to evolve my skills. The best part of my day is seeing all the children’s smiles and knowing that I am making a difference in their lives. I enjoy collaborating with families, supporting them and creating a warm and welcoming environment to foster all children’s education.
I enjoy collaborating and leading our fantastic team here at Petit ELJ Barton. Getting to work with other educators that share the same passion for the Early Childhood sector is so rewarding. Every child is unique and capable of learning and succeeding in their way, as long as we give them the tools.
The high-quality care your child deserves!
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.
Barton Pre-school Program
Enrol your child in our Barton Program today to encourage a smooth transition and school readiness!
There is a strong focus on children’s social and emotional development to ensure that each child has the skills to become active and confident learners as they move onto school.
Here at Petit ELJ Barton, we run a play-based program that stems from the children’s interests, strengths and needs.
We have a keen interest in the importance of families in the children’s pre-school experience, and we work to nurture the link between home and pre-school with all the families we meet. We are excited to share with you the learning of your child, and we look forward to the shared experiences of play and fun that we have in each session.
Petit ELJ Barton Pre-school Teacher Profile
Saifagaloa SioEarly Childhood Teacher
Hi, Bonjoh, Kia ora, and Talofa lava. I am a mother of four beautiful, energetic young children. I believe teaching young children with passion and love creates an excellent foundation for their learning journey as they grow. I like learning to be unique and enjoyable for young children because teaching draws on the capacity to engage in meaningful interactions with parents /whanau and tamariki.
I value the children by their special uniqueness, individuality, character, strengths, their interest and learning. To honour and respect the multiculturalism we have here at our Centre, we learn songs in different languages and welcome the children using their language/ mother-tongue when arriving in the morning.
It is important to me that we make our families feel welcome and that they feel they always have a place in our learning environment. Our pre-school program is to prepare our young explorers for lifelong learning and a successful transition into kindergarten or primary school.
Benefits of attending a Petit ELJ Kindergarten or Preschool Program
Our qualified early childhood teachers guide children through a learning journey that provides the foundation for successful transition to school and that aligns with the EYLF that that ‘all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life’.
Through participation in our evidence-based pedagogy program which include elements of play-based, inquiry-based and project-based learning, children are encouraged to investigate and explore materials and ideas through play and purposeful interactions.
In attending a Petit ELJ Kindergarten, your child will:
- Build a sense of security, trust and a confident self-identity.
- Independence and perseverance are encouraged and nurtured.
- Learn to show respect for diversity and their environment.
- Build a sense of autonomy and explore ways to be healthy and safe.
- Develop confidence and involvement in their learning journey.
- Have the opportunity to use technology for learning and communication.
- Explore and expand their language and engage in literacy and numeracy in personally meaningful ways.
All of which we believe will support your child in a successful transition to school and set them up for future learning success.
Extra benefits we gift to you and your child
- Enriching and exciting incursions and excursions.
- Assess to interactive Smartboard to enhance learning journey.
Petit ELJ Barton Fees 2020
Included in the fees:
- Nappies, wipes and linen
- All wholesome meals prepared by an in-house chef. Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack
- 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 tote bag)
- Access to Kindy Now App – a convenient platform to book
casual bookings and notify the centre of any absence days
- Access to Safe Sleep Spaces parent program – Nourish
Our 71 place centre has 4 studios and a separate sleep room attached to the nursery. Children are grouped in studios based on both age and developmental milestones and generally range no more than 16 months. The capacity of our studios ranges between 8 to 33 places.
Child Care Subsidy Eligibility
Our fees are before the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Petit ELJ Barton is registered and eligible for CCS support. We offer flexible 12, 10 and 9-hour sessions which may assist in maximising CCS entitlement hours. Our Centre Director can assist in determining the best session for you.
You can obtain an estimate of the subsidy you may receive under CCS.
Parents adore Petit Barton.
Johanna Gonsalves, Barton ACT
The centre is absolutely beautiful with plenty to keep my daughter happy and learning throughout the day. The educators, Emma, Helena and Yolanda are wonderful with the children, always engaging with them as if they were a part of one big family. The Centre Director, Jess, is not only an awesome leader but has always been loving, caring and closely involved with the parents and children. I believe the team at Barton Petit work really well together. My daughter took less than a couple days to settle as it didn’t take her long to feel safe and cared for. It would have been great if the centre had had capacity for babies under 15 months.
Lana H, Barton ACT
We felt from the moment we stepped into the centre that it was a child-focused, well-maintained space for kids to explore, stretch their legs, roam and play. We LOVE the staff at Petit – they are friendly, welcoming, professional and reassuring. We feel it’s really important for kids to see adults being responsible, polite, calm and helpful to one another (just as we ask children to be), and the staff seem to have a really good groove in the way they communicate, manage workload and help each other. We love the systems at Petit – the sign-in and out technology, the responsiveness to emails, prompt notifications of any health issues, the updates on Storypark, the menu being available on the board, two weeks at half fees, and your constant reviewing and communicating of systems and procedures to make sure the kids are safe at all times, everything is working as well as it can, and everyone’s on the same page. Having Jess on board is the icing on the cake – she is just wonderful – friendly, experienced and capable, but most of all, we can see that she really cares about real food, real variety and real nutrition – not what’s easiest. We couldn’t be happier.
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