Inspirational early learning in Marian.

Join us at Marian where we provide a home away from home environment. Fostering strong reciprocal relationships with children and families.

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Petit ELJ Marian is committed to providing quality care and education for our local and wider community. We provide opportunities for children to become strong confident, competent and capable learners. Situated in the heart of the Pioneer Valley we have the beautiful mountains behind us. Our team of Educators are passionate about teaching, and they sure enjoy what they do! We are committed to ongoing learning and professional development to provide the very best for children and families. We are confident that your child will have the best start to their early education here at Marian.

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 Marian Centre, we offer a variety of incursions.

Inclusions

We love to make our families’ lives a little easier by offering all day to day necessities. All nappies, wipes, bed linen in the nursery 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.

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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Marian 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 Marian, 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 Marian Kindergarten Teacher Profile

Lauren du ToitEarly Childhood Teacher

My name is Lauren du Toit (pronounced do-toy.) and I am the Kindergarten Teacher at Petit ELJ Marian. I have been in Australia for close to three years now and love it. Before my family and I made the move to Australia we lived in a small coastal town in South Africa. We then lived in Bathurst for two and a half years and really enjoyed our time there, but I must say we are definitely loving the sunny weather of Mackay!

I believe that all children are unique individuals that have something special that they can bring to their own learning. I assist children to express themselves and accept who they are, as well as embrace the differences of others.

Each room at our centre is its own unique community; my role as Early Childhood Teacher is to support each child in developing their own potential and learning styles. I provide a curriculum that incorporates each different learning style, as well as make the content relevant to children’s lives. I incorporate hands-on learning, inquiries, and individual learning goals that engage children in their play explorations.

As a teacher I aim to hold the highest expectations for every child in my kindergarten group. I aim to bring an open mind and a positive attitude to my work each day. I believe that I owe it to our children, as well as to families and the community, to bring consistency, diligence, and warmth to my teaching role in the hope that I can ultimately inspire and encourage such traits in our children as well.

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 successful transition to school and that aligns with the EYLF that 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 Marian Fees 2021

All Ages

$105 / day

Included in the fees:

  • Nappies and wipes
  • 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 104 place centre has 5 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 Marian 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 overjoyed with their experiences at Petit Marian.

Shane Wilkie, Marian QLD

It’s great 👍🏼 fun for everyone and is an amazing experience for all the young children. A well resourced Early learning centre with passionate and engaging staff. It has great excursions and fun activities.

Kylie Burrage, Marian QLD

We have three children attending Petit, Marian. Staff are attentive towards children. We can drop the children off and know they are in good hands. Jasmine is making great progress in the kindy class. The children love day care and their teachers.

Corrine Schmalkucke, Marian QLD

My son has been going to Petit Early Learning Journey – Marian for over a year now. He loves going to see his teachers in the Treasure Cove room. Being the youngest child he was comfortable in his own shell, but the lovely ladies have made him feel welcome and loved that he now enjoys going to see his teachers and he is not so shy anymore. Thank you to the amazing teachers for making each day enjoyable for him.

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