Holistic early learning in Kew.

Join an Early Learning Centre that inspires, nurtures and guides your child to a lifelong love of learning.

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Petit ELJ Kew is a purpose-built early learning Centre that provides a holistic approach to education and cares for children between 6 weeks and 6 years.

Our spacious studios are designed to create environments that are welcoming and engaging for your child and allow them to feel as though they are at home away from home.

We believe that after families and educators, the environment is the children’s third teacher. We collaborate and consult with our incredible team, families and early childhood professionals to develop a philosophy that guides our practice here at Petit ELJ Kew. We are a centre that inspires, nurtures and guides our children to a lifelong love of learning.

Phool Bharti GautamCentre Director

Kia Ora/Namaste.

My name is Phool Bharti Gautam, but I prefer to be called ‘’Bharti’ and I am the Centre Director at Petit ELJ Kew. I have been in childcare for nearly 10 years and started my career in New Zealand. By profession I am a registered Primary and Early Childhood Teacher.

I have always been interested in supporting the care needs of children and giving them the best start through education. I am captivated by children’s learning and development. The environment which children are exposed to, holds an important key to setting them up for future learning. Children are also teachers and l have learnt a lot from them. I’ve had many different roles in the sector over the years. I have enjoyed every one of them and have gained in-depth knowledge and experience. Children inspire me and in return I ensure they feel valued and respected for their individuality. They have a place to feel safe and secure while creating a sense of adventure and exploration, where exciting learning environments can evolve from the children’s interests. My goal is to ensure children become lifelong learners, resilient and are respected for who they are and for the extraordinary knowledge they bring to the world.

I love nothing more than visiting the studios and engaging with the children. I cherish the conversations we share and the learning that comes from it. I am very excited to see children taking their next steps in their learning journey. I like to empower children to be the best they can be by giving them confidence, respect, enjoyment and an opportunity for adventure. I believe children learn and explore in their own ways through their own interests and experiences. I support their strengths and abilities through facilitating their learning and development. I enable discussions and scaffolding of their ideas in play while engaging them in learning topics which interest them the most.

The Petit ELJ Kew Team and I are looking forward to meeting and building relationships with you and your children.

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 Kew Centre, we offer Melbourne Kids Yoga and Little Sports Heroes.


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.


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

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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Kew 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 Kew, 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 Kew Kindergarten Teacher Profile

Wing WuEarly Childhood Teacher

Hello families,

My name is Wing and I am so excited to be a part of the team at Petit ELJ Kew. I graduated from Monash University in 2019 with a Master of Teaching degree in Early Years Education. I have been a Kindergarten teacher ever since and have loved being inspired by the big hearts, big ideas and big passions of children everyday.

“The secret in education lies in respecting the student” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. Respect, is the root of my teaching practices, programs and decision making. As a teacher, I position myself as a role model and a learning buddy. I emphasise values such as kindness and empathy; I listen with my heart and value children’s ideas; I take children’s perspectives in play and challenge them to make the seemingly impossible tasks possible; I play, laugh, sing, dance, be silly and have fun with children. I believe these attributes build and maintain a trusting and attuned relationship with each child and their family, which is the key for children to thrive.

My teaching style is also influenced by my background in music and dance. I love to provide active and hands-on experiences as they are crucial for children’s physical wellbeing, as well as the development of resilience. They are also very effective in boosting children’s engagement and interests in learning something new, including literacy and numeracy.

I cannot wait to be a part of your child’s learning journey, to work in collaboration with you, and to be inspired by these amazing little souls.

Our Learning 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, Coles and Alexandra Gardens).
  • Assess to interactive Smartboard to enhance learning journey.

Petit ELJ Kew Fees 2021

All Ages

$137* / day

*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 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 116 place centre has 7 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 12 to 21 places.

Child Care Subsidy Eligibility

Our fees are before the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Petit ELJ Springfield Central 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 CSS.

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.

Our parents are impressed with Petit Early Learning Journey.

Ingrid Quanchi, Kew VIC

All of the staff go out of their way to make my daughter and my husband and I feel like part of the Petit family and ensure that they are caring for our daughter in the same way we would at home. I always feel confident that she is in good hands each day. Most importantly Emily loves attending Petit and learns so much from her peers and educators.

Tanya Gilliver, Kew VIC

The centre is very professionally run, they give regular updates, and have good systems and processes. The staff are LOVELY, kind and caring and they know my child very well. Most of all, he’s happy at drop off and doesn’t want to leave at the end of the day.

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