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.

The moment you and your child step foot through the doors of Petit ELJ 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 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 which is reflected in our six core beliefs and evident in the practises we embrace. Our Kindergarten Program equips children with a smooth transition to their school years.

Tailored learning & curriculum for each age group.

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

Babies (0-2 yrs)

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 yrs)

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.

Kindergarten (3-5 yrs)

Preparing for the school years ahead, kindergarten children 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.

Forest Hill Kindergarten Program

Enrol your child in a Kindergarten Program today to encourage a smooth transition to school!

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 Forest 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.

Read more about our learning program here.

What makes Petit ELJ Forest Hill different.

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 Forest Hill Centre, we offer Hey Dee Ho Music, Little Sports Heroes and Fun-Key Yoga. We are excited to provide thrilling and enriching experiences such as adventures to Myuna Farm, the library, age care facilities and our local supermarkets, to name a few.

Inclusions

We love to make our families’ lives a little easier by offering all day to day necessities. 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 special extra-curricular activities within your daily fee.

Meals

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.

Director

Meet Belinda Balaam, our Petit ELJ Forest Hill Centre Director

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Meet Betty Moore, our Early Childhood Teacher

Fees and what’s included

$131* / day

Our fees are before the 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.

*Kindergarten enrolled children may also be eligible for an additional daily subsidy, speak to our team to find out more. 

Our 118 place centre has 6 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 16 to 24 places.

What’s included

  • Nappies, wipes and linen
  • All wholesome meals are prepared by an in-house chef. Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack
  • All meals are monitored and assessed through the feedAustralia platform ensuring an alignment with Australian Dietary Guidelines
  • 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

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

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.

Explore our centre…

Get in touch today to secure your spot at Petit Early Learning Journey Forest Hill