Collaborative and enriching early learning in Port Douglas.

Join an Early Learning Centre where your child will feel valued and have fun while learning.

Petit ELJ Port Douglas is at the forefront of quality Early Childhood Education and Care. Experiencing an evolving journey of our own, our leaders and the team of educators are committed to the continuous enhancement of our Centre and educational program, evident by our beautiful indoor and outdoor environments.

Our Educators engage in regular training exploring the latest research in Early Childhood Education and Care to evaluate and implement new practices. Our team is passionate about helping your children grow into confident, creative and kind beings.

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.

Port Douglas 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 Port Douglas, 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 Port Douglas 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 Port Douglas Centre, we offer Future Champs and Indigenous Art Classes. Throughout the year we’re excited to offer thrilling and enriching experiences such as Wildlife Habitats, Music & Magic shows, Healthy Eating Programs and Story Time featuring special guests just to name a few!


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


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.


Meet Astrid Cancrini, our Petit ELJ Port Douglas Centre Director

Meet Kim-Marie Watkins, our Petit ELJ Port Douglas Centre Co-Director


Meet Genny Frazer, our Early Childhood Teacher

Fees and what’s included

$97* / day

(Limited spaces available. Please speak to our Centre Director for further details)

Before School $30 / day
After School $40 / day
Vacation Care $70 / day

Our fees are before the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Petit ELJ Port Douglas 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 88-place centre has 5 studios and a separate sleep room attached to the nursery. Children are grouped in studios based on both age and learning dispositions and generally range no more than 16 months. The capacity of our studios ranges between 10 to 24 places.

What’s included

  • Nappies and wipes
  • 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 love Petit Early Learning Journey.

Lynnett Moyo Pollock, Port Douglas QLD

The best centre ever. Educators always in tune with children’s needs. Astrid is a fantastic manager! Always ready to assist families. Keep it up guys.

Bree Belfrage, Port Douglas QLD

So ecstatic to hear of the new Director Astrid!!!! Share this post far and wide as I highly recommend this day care centre to anyone with young children. Child focused and amazing management make for a brighter future.

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Get in touch today to secure your spot at Petit Early Learning Journey Port Douglas.