Forest Hill VIC2019-10-08T10:52:23+00:00

Inspiring play based early learning in Forest Hill.

Join an early learning Centre that puts your child first and lets them lead. Share the gift of a lifetime love for learning.

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The moment you and your child step foot through the doors of Petit Forest Hill you will be amazed by the large studios and very natural outdoor play spaces which allow your child to explore and experience engaging and meaningful learning.

Children also get to relax in our indoor garden café and 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.

Our Centre is led by a strong management team who empower and guide a team of fully qualified educators and teachers allowing for a rich and high quality educational program. We also foster a lifetime love of learning and equip children with a smooth transition to their school years with our Kindergarten Program.

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Educator Profile

Belinda BalaamCentre Director

Hi, I’m Belinda Balaam, Centre Director at Forest Hill.

I have been in the early childhood education and care sector for 20 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 . We have experienced so many magical moments within our Centre and I can’t wait to share this journey with you and your family.

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The high-quality care your child deserves.

Extra-curricular activities

To complement our quality educational program and enrich your childs early learning journey, we offer numerous incurisons and excursions throughout the year! Some of which are inclusive within your daily fee!
At our Forest Hill Centre we offer Hey Dee Ho music, Little Sports Heroes and Fun-Key Yoga. Throughout the year we’re excited to offer thrilling and enriching experiences such as adventures to Myuna Farm, the library, age care facilies and our local supermarkets just to name a few!


We love to make our families’ lives a little easier by providing all day to day necessities. All nappies, wipes, bed linen 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 some special extra-curricular activites inclusive within your daily fee.


Have peace of mind that your child is eating the freshest, most nutritionally sound meals as they are prepared on-site by our very own chef. Collaborating with experts in nutritional medicine on our menus, all meals are made seasonally to ensure we use the freshest, highest quality ingredients. 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
Toddlers program
Creative experiences
Peer interactions
Literacy + Numeracy
Music + Movement
Literacy + Numeracy
Creative arts
Science + Natural world
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

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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Petit ELJ Fees 2019

All ages

*Speak to our team regarding promotions or discounts that may be available.

Included in the fees:

  • Nappies, wipes, bedding and linen
  • All meals. Wholesome, prepared by in-house chef Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and 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) and Kindy Shirt
  • Starter Enrolment Pack (includes a sunhat and totebag)
  • Access to Kindy Now App and Safe Sleep program

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. 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 on:

Kindergarten Program.

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

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Benefits of attending a Petit ELJ Kindergarten Program:

  • Socialisation and supportive friendships
  • Develop a love of learning
  • Better prepared to start school
  • Interactive Smartboard to enhance learning journey
  • Kindergarten T-Shirt
  • Enriching and exciting incurions and excursions (such as adventures to our local library, aged dare, Woolworths & Myuna Farm)

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 April 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.

ECT Profiles

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Hi, I’m Betty (SURNAME), the Early Childhood Teacher here at Petit Forest Hill.

I have been working in early childhood for 18 years and have a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

I enjoy seeing how children grow and develop and believe children learn best when allowed to explore their world using all their senses in a safe and nurturing environment.

My role as a teacher is to create an environment in which children experience excitement, motivation and challenge. I also involve myself in the learning experience with the children, and take ideas from the children and return them for further exploration later.

My program is based on knowledge of individual children, their families and the community. My goal for our children is to see them move through their journey from kinder and into school as competent individuals.

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Parents are impressed with Petit Early Learning Journey.

Rebecca Harney, Forest Hill VIC

My daughter and son have been going to Petit for a little while now.
My daughter is a very shy person and can be quite anxious around new faces. The staff at Petit are very welcoming and have a motherly touch while caring for my children and others throughout the day.
They offer so many extra curricular activities for children of all ages to participate in and accommodate for a range of children’s needs and interests.
It is always hard to say goodbye to your babies at drop off but always reassuring knowing that they will be shown love throughout the day and are always a phonecall away if I need reassurance that my babies are okay.

Talia Lee, Forest Hill VIC

This is my second time writing a review for Petit at Forest Hill. I have searched for different places. They can all offer good facilities, cleanness, modern designs, well thought system but if I had to choose, BEST EDUCATORS & PROGRAM, no one can beat Petit Forest Hill. It is amazing how much your child learn content knowledge from them and also great manners and building up characters. It is not about how parents feel, it is about your children’s learning and how much they put in effort for each student here. It is amazing and they deserve much more recognition for that. Love Petit!

Glenn Simmons, Forest Hill VIC

The resources available at Petit are fantastic, so much for the children to choose from and a great outdoor area.
My daughter always comes home with her own works of art to hang on the wall and shares her days adventures with us, she loves the centre pets – Tiny Tim the Turtle, the chickens and the Bunny.
Having 2 children at the centre was made a lot easier knowing that our eldest daughter is still able to see her younger brother during the day as they play outside together.

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