Port Douglas QLD2020-04-01T11:20:37+00:00
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Enriching child care in Port Douglas.

Secure your child’s place at a premium, holistic child care centre in Port Douglas. Through play-based and outside experiences, your child will feel valued and have fun while learning.

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Parents love Petit Early Learning Journey.

Johanna Gonsalves, Barton ACT

The centre is absolutely beautiful with plenty to keep my daughter happy and learning throughout the day. The educators, Emma, Helena and Yolanda are wonderful with the children, always engaging with them as if they were a part of one big family. The Centre Director, Jess, is not only an awesome leader but has always been loving, caring and closely involved with the parents and children. I believe the team at Barton Petit work really well together. My daughter took less than a couple days to settle as it didn’t take her long to feel safe and cared for. It would have been great if the centre had had capacity for babies under 15 months.

Christa A, Burdell 1 QLD

The facilities at the centre are amazing! Being a brand new centre, obviously things are nice. But one thing we have said each time new toys or equipment arrive – you provide great quality equipment from the beginning! The toys are fabulous, we LOVE the wooden toys, puzzles and the great outdoor play. The room is really well set up for the age group that are enjoying it

Chantelle Turner, Caloundra QLD

Jackson has been attending Petit ELJ Caloundra since early July and he loves it, as do I. From day one, Jackson has always had a smile on his face when I drop him off for the day and it’s always an effort to get him out to the car because he never wants to leave. He adores the centre manager and his teacher Miss Nicole. He has come leaps and bounds since starting at Petit.

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The high-quality care your child deserves.

Extra-curricular activities

Daily activities at our Port Douglas child care centre include playtime in one of our three large play yards fitted with purpose built play equipment. We also have a large undercover outdoor play yard which is perfect for those rainy days! Other favorite activities at Port Douglas include playing with Legos and discovering new wild animals. We even have a dedicated home for our own animals that the children can care for.

Meals

Have peace of mind that your child is eating the freshest, most nutritionally sound meals as they are prepared on-site by our very own chef. We ensure that all children are eating a healthy and balanced diet with all allergies and intolerances catered for. Everyone loves our chef, Marlowe (the children call her Miss Yum Yum!).

Inclusions

A big part of our day care offering is making our families’ lives as easy as possible. All nappies, wipes and food are included in your daily fees, we also provide hats and sunscreen for all children.

Typical day at Port Douglas
Time Nursery (0-2 years) Toddlers (2-3 years) Pre-Kindy (3-5 years)
6:00am Children + Parents are welcomed Children + Parents are welcomed Children + Parents are welcomed
6:00am-9:00am Indoor/outdoor experiences + Free play Indoor/outdoor experiences + Free play Indoor/outdoor experiences + Free play
9:00am Morning tea Morning tea Morning tea
9:30am-11:30am Nursery program
Free movement
Sensory experiences
Exploration of natural world
Music
Toddlers program
Creative experiences
Peer interactions
Literacy + Numeracy
Music + Movement
Kindergarten
Literacy + Numeracy
Creative arts
Science + Natural world
Technology
Group experiences
Physical development
Community + Culture
11:30am Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:00pm-2:00pm Sleep/Rest/Relaxation Sleep/Rest/Relaxation Sleep/Rest/Relaxation
2:00pm-3:00pm Child interest led indoor experiences Child interest led indoor experiences Child interest led indoor experiences
3:00pm Afternoon tea Afternoon tea Afternoon tea
3:30pm-6:00pm Outdoor experiences + Free play
Late snack provided
Outdoor experiences + Free play
Late snack provided
Outdoor experiences + Free play
Late snack provided

Tailored learning & curriculum for each age group.

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

Babies.

0-2 years

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 years

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.

Pre-school.

3-5 years

Preparing for the school years ahead, pre-schoolers 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.

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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Keeping you connected every step of the way.

To help parents keep track of their child’s day care experience, we use an online management tool called Storypark. This app allows you to discover and follow your child’s learning journey and you can also find documented stories about your child and their day.

Astrid CancriniCentre Director

1. Why did you get into early childhood education?
After working for a number of years as a Councillor I realised how important it is for children to learn and grow in a healthy and stimulating environment where they can learn how to be well-rounded little people.

2. What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Making a difference in the life of Families and their children 😊

3. What are you most looking forward to at Petit ELJ Port Douglas?
I look forward to further grow in my role and create an amazing team of inspiring educators

4. What are your hopes for Petit ELJ Port Douglas?
I would love to see the centre becoming a family hub to support both children’s and families alike

5. What would you most like to say to all our treasured families?
I am so blessed to have the pleasure to work for and with all of you. Your feedbacks and enthusiasm in everything we do here at Petit ELJ is just inspiring!!

Petit ELJ Fees 2020

Under 3 yrs

$87/day

OverΒ 3 yrs

$84*/day

*Speak to our team regarding a $4 per day subsidy for eligible Kindergarten children from January 2020.

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 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

Port Douglas studios:

Studio Age Range Capacity
Baby Boulevard 0-1 year 12
Burrows Lane 1-2 years 10
Haven Place 15 months – 3 years 18
Blossom Hill 2.5 years – 4 years 24
Treasure Cove 3.5 years – 5 years 24

Child Care Subsidy Eligibility

These fees are before Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Petit ELJ Port Douglas is registered and eligible for CCS support.
You can obtain an estimate of the subsidy you may receive under CCS on:

https://www.centrelink.gov.au/custsite_pfe/pymtfinderest/paymentFinderPage.jsf?wec-appid=pymtfinderest&wec-locale=en_US#stay

Kindergarten Program.

Enrol your Child in a Kindergarten Program today to encourage a smooth transition and school readiness!

Benefits of attending a Petit ELJ Kindergarten Program:

  • Socialisation and supportive friendships
  • Develop a love of learning
  • Better prepared to start school
  • Interactive Smartboard and iPads to enhance learning journey

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Frequently asked questions

Q. Are you Child Care Benefit/Child Care Rebate approved?

A.Β Yes we are! To aid in the payment of childcare fees, the Family Assistance Office (FAO) has provided access to Child Care Benefits (CCB) and the Childcare Rebate. Parents, please note it is your responsibility to apply for these schemes with the Family Assistance Office on 13 61 50.

For further information:
http://www.familyassist.gov.au
https://www.mychild.gov.au/childcare-information/rebate

Q. When are my fees payable?

A. Fees are payable on the Friday of your child’s first week of care via Ezidebit. Fees are payable one week in advance so in your child’s first week of care, two weeks fees with be debited.

Q. Can my child and I have an orientation before commencing care?

A. Yes you are more than welcome to orientate your child to our Petit Centres.

We want to help make the settling in period as easy as possible β€” as new situations are often overwhelming for young children. A gradual introduction for your child into Petit Early Learning Journey centre works best.

Please contact our Centre Directors to arrange a suitable time for you and your child to visit our Centre and meet our educators.

Our orientation sessions are at no charge however all enrolment documents must be returned and parents must stay on the premises.

Q. Do you have a minimum number of days my child has to attend?

A. Yes, we recommend a minimum of 2 days as we believe your child will benefit from building strong trusting relationships with their educators and peers.

They’ll also settle in more quickly the more frequently they attend.

Q. What do I need to bring on my child’s first day?

A. You only need bring a spare change of clothing, a water bottle and linen for your child as we supply all meals, nappies and sunhats.

For families who have littles ones in the nursery, please bring bottles and formula/breast milk. If a comforter such as pacifiers, blanket or soft toys is required, please feel free to bring this along too.

Q. Can I please come in for a tour before deciding whether we enrol our child?

A. Yes you most definitely can!

Please call our Centre Directors to arrange a suitable time for you and your child to visit our Centre and meet our educators or request a tour here.

Q. I want to enrol my child, what is the process?

A. Please complete an online enquiry form or alternatively call your preferred Centre you can locate their number here and a Petit team member will be in touch with you to walk you through the next steps in enrolling your child.