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.
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 can make a positive difference to a child’s life during the early stages.
Getting to know each child and seeing them reach each milestone is the most rewarding aspect.
It’s incredible 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 many magical moments within our Centre, and I can’t wait to share this journey with you and your family.
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.
Forest Hill Kindergarten Program
Enrol your child in a Kindergarten Program today to encourage 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 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 kinder experience, and we work to nurture the link between home and kinder 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 Forest Hill Kindergarten Teacher Profile
Betty MooreEarly Childhood Teacher
Betty forms part of our team of Educators who are committed and passionate about ensuring your child will be safe, nurtured and cared for every day. At Petit ELJ Forest Hill, children are encouraged to engage in interest-led play that creates learning and meaningful experiences.
Betty seeks to optimise diverse learning opportunities and implement the Kindergarten Curriculum as framed by the Early Years Learning Framework.
Betty has 18 years’ experience in early childhood and holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.
Betty believes her role as a teacher is to create an environment in which children experience excitement, motivation and challenge. She also involves herself in the learning experience with the children, takes ideas from the children and returns to them for further exploration later.
Lisa LeongQualified Early Childhood Teacher
After completing my Bachelor of Early Childhood at Swinburne University, I joined PETIT Forest Hill in January 2019. I had spent several years working as a research economist and made a career change into early childhood, inspired by seeing my own children grow and develop in their early years. I particularly love working with the kindergarten age group (4-5 years) as I am constantly amazed by their creativity and ability to express themselves and communicate their thinking in so many ways.
I believe children are strong, capable learners who actively develop their own knowledge and skills as they interact with their social and physical environments. My role as their teacher is to build a trusting and responsive relationship with each child, and to guide, encourage, support, and scaffold children’s physical, social, cognitive, and social-emotional skill development. I intentionally offer learning experiences and activities that help children ‘level up’ — progress along their individual learning pathway.
In my view, a child’s learning journey should be a collaborative process that involves families, children and educators, and should reflect families’ values and preferences. So, I aim to form respectful and welcoming relationships with each family by engaging in regular daily communication, verbally and through Storypark. Families are invited to share their thoughts and input on their child’s progress and on the program.
Benefits of attending a Petit ELJ Kindergarten Program
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 (such as adventures to our local library, aged cared, Woolworths and Myuna Farm) .
- Assess to interactive Smartboard to enhance learning journey.
Petit ELJ Forest Hill Fees 2021
*Speak to our team regarding the subsidy for eligible Kindergarten children.
Included in the fees:
- Nappies, wipes, bedding 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 totebag)
- 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 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.
Child Care Subsidy Eligibility
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.
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 are impressed with 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.
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