Inspiring and supportive early learning in Clifton Hill.

Join an Early Learning Centre, which offers a holistic learning environment with highly trained and passionate educators.

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At Petit ELJ Clifton Hill, our core values such as integrity, humility and enthusiasm can be seen in the day-to-day operations of our centre. Our vibrant, inclusive and welcoming learning environments promote exploration, play and learning possibilities which allow our children to be active learners, curious about their environment and the people around them.

We believe in drawing inspiration and guidance from our children’s voices, interests, and contributions to inform our curriculum planning. Our program is designed to inspire creativity and imagination. At Petit ELJ Clifton Hill, we believe that parents are the children’s most influential teachers, and by partnering with our families, we encourage children’s learning to be a continuing journey from home to the centre.

Britt FinlayCentre Director

Hello, my name is Britt Finlay, and I am the Centre Director for Petit ELJ Clifton Hill.

I have worked in Early Childhood Education for over 20 years, both in long day care and occasional care settings. Working in this sector is a privilege as being part of a child’s learning, and development is a wondrous thing.

It’s important to me that children have a sense of belonging, that they feel empowered and confident in all that they do while in a care and education settings. By creating environments that nurture and holistically support children, we achieve great outcomes for each child in our care. We achieve more significant outcomes when we work in partnership with families. I believe it’s important that families and educators work together to assist in children’s learning as well as be a support to each other. Educating and caring for children is a journey that we are all on together.

By working alongside and with the educators of Petit ELJ, I hope to inspire and further support them in their professional growth and development. As the children around us learn, so do we. As educators, we are the greatest resource a child can access, and we need to be there for support, guidance and further challenge when needed.

I am passionate about providing high-quality early childhood education because what is learnt now by each child, is a stepping stone to their future. How they learn and what they learn will matter to who they become.

My priority always is getting to know families and children. I look forward to meeting you all very soon.

The high-quality care your child deserves!

Extra-curricular activities

To complement our quality educational program and enrich your child’s early learning journey, we offer numerous incursions and excursions throughout the year. Some of which are inclusive within your daily fee. At our Pimpama Centre, we offer Bob Along Music, T&G Sports, Immerse Drama and Stixyoga.


We love to make our families’ lives a little easier by offering all day to day necessities. All nappies, wipes, bed linen in and food are included in your daily fees. We also provide hats and sunscreen for all children. To enhance your child’s early learning journey with us, we are also pleased to include special extra-curricular activities within your daily fee.


Have peace of mind that your child is eating fresh nutritionally sound meals as they are prepared on-site by our very own chef. Collaborating with experts in nutrition and working alongside recognised nutritional bodies within each state on our menus, all meals are made seasonally to ensure we use quality ingredients. Included each day are breakfast, morning tea, nutritious lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack.

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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Clifton Hill Kindergarten Program.

Enrol your child in a Kindergarten 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 Clifton Hill, 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 kindergarten experience, and we work to nurture the link between home and kindergarten 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 Clifton Hill Kindergarten Teacher Profile

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Our Learning Program

Benefits of attending a Petit ELJ Kindergarten

Our qualified early childhood teachers guide children through a learning journey that provides the foundation for a successful transition to school and that aligns with the EYLF 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 Clifton Hill Fees 2021

All Ages

$137* / day

*Speak to our team regarding the subsidy for eligible Kindergarten children.

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 150 place centre has 8 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 22 places.

Child Care Subsidy Eligibility

Our fees are before the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Petit ELJ Clifton Hill 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.

Enrolment Administration Fee

If your child is enrolling for the first time a non refundable enrolment administration fee is
required to secure your child’s permanent enrolment. Our $30 enrolment administration fee
will be charged on completion of the enrolment forms.

Parents see their children loving Petit Early Learning Journey Clifton Hill.

Gemma Flannery, Clifton Hill VIC

This is a great centre, lovely welcome from the moment you walk in, great teachers and facilities and engaging activities.

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