Our approach to learning was carefully crafted and is continually improved — because we want the best for your child.
With years of experience and expert knowledge, we’ve developed a healthy, robust early learning program.
Our learning program is built on our beliefs that:
- All children bring their perspectives, expectations, knowledge and skills to their learning experience
- Activities should be child focused and initiated, inspired by their natural curiosity and imagination
- The development and growth of each child should be nourished and nurtured
- Programs are based on observing children on a regular basis, evaluating their needs and interests and planning future activities from these observations
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
Our unique curriculum is supported by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
The EYLF framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning and was designed to enhance children’s learning from birth to 5 years of age.
EYLF helps guide children towards achieving the following learning outcomes:
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators
With this approach, we firmly believe in the opportunity to ‘play’ whilst learning provides the best basis for children to learn, be active and grow in a fun yet educational environment.
We offer an extensive range of resources to support the continued growth and holistic development of each child.
Daily activities are intended to extend, challenge and stimulate curiosity.
Our curriculum is designed to enhance each child’s emotional and developmental competence in the following ways:
|Emotional||Self-awareness Self-control Self-discipline|
|Social||Cooperation Sharing Turn-taking Problem solving|
|Moral and spiritual||Empathy Social justice|
|Physical (fine motor)||Small muscle development (e.g. cutting, drawing)|
|Physical (gross motor)||Large muscle development (e.g. running, jumping)|
|Cognitive||Thinking Listening Resolving conflict|
Balance of indoor and outdoor time
To enhance the learning experience, we ensure each child has indoor and outdoor play based experiences.
Educators plan a diverse range of opportunities for both structured and spontaneous play — focused on the physical, emotional, social, sensory and cognitive developmental areas of each child.
We also foster connections to the natural world by nurturing children’s understanding and respect for the natural environment.
Our programming emphasises the interdependence between people, plants, animals and the land, which is supported by our enchanting and interactive centre surroundings.
A flexible, child-led environment
Children learn through their own experiences using trial and error, repetition, imitation and identification.
Building on these experiences, our educators use interactive strategies to support children’s growth and learning.
We observe each child and provide flexibility based on:
|Alternating phases during development that call for adapting the learning environment||Respect and understanding for many paths of learning||Discussion and input from parents|
|Our Studios with developmentally appropriate routines||A simple, flexible daily routine for our infant and toddler age groups||A flexible yet predictable daily routine for Pre-Kindy|
|Continual planning, documenting and evaluating children’s learning||Supporting each child’s emotional, social and cognitive development||Open and understanding educators|
Our Kindergarten curriculum continues to emphasize play based learning.
Additionally, we offer structured learning times to focus on number concepts, perceptual skills and pre-writing skills such as tracing, completing patterns and reproducing patterns.
The goal is to develop a foundation for basic math, reading and writing skills in preparation for a smooth transition to school.
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
Petit ELJ provide a kindergarten program for children in the year before Prep (children who are 4 by 30 June in the year they start). Our kindergarten program is play-based and is delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher. Our Centres based in QLD and VIC run a kindergarten program that is recognised and approved by their respected Governments. These Centres also receive additional funding to enhance the kindergarten program. Unlike Council run Kindergartens and Private Schools, Petit programs run within long day care hours so we operate from 6.30am to 6.30pm* Monday to Friday, are open 52 weeks a year and open all school holidays which allows us to cater to all family/work situations.
*Please check operating hours with individual Centre.
Our daily routines and programs are displayed in each Studio for your viewing.
We invite parents and guardians to discuss the activities, experiences and subsequent developmental outcomes.
We also welcome feedback and communication from parents and families.
You are welcome to visit our facilities at any time to observe or share in the experiences with your child.
Sharing your child’s journey
Documenting your child’s learning journey is an essential part of our curriculum.
Our educators and Storypark app make children’s developmental progress visible while also providing a communication platform for families.
Through that platform, families can share in the elements of their children’s day and education that would be otherwise missed.
Educators also use the portfolios as a learning tool for the children to reflect back on their own work and to remind them of their thoughts and thinking process.
The children’s portfolios are compiled by the studio’s educators using a collection of work samples, observation records, group project annotations, photos and videos.
Children thrive when families and educators work together to support young children’s learning.
Role of educators
We recognise that as parents you are the first and most important role model in your child’s life.
Our educators are here to provide your child with security, warmth and to facilitate their overall wellbeing.
We recognise and value the partnership required between parents and educators in providing continuity of care and supporting the development for each child between home and the Centre.
Educators appreciate parents who feel comfortable in sharing special moments as well as raising any areas of concern regarding their child. If ever necessary, we may request an appointment with a parent to discuss any issues pertaining to their child. Similarly you are invited to request an interview with educators for the same purpose at any time.
Our Educators either possess or are progressing towards completing a University Degree, Diploma or Certificate in Early Childhood as per legislative requirements.
In addition, we ensure:
- All educators are checked regarding their qualifications and suitability to work with young children
- All educators undertake professional development training every year.
We strive for a high level of professionalism and a commitment to providing genuine support and personal empowerment, individually and as a team.
Students and volunteers
On occasion external students are present at the centre and may assist educators in the Studios.
Students are primarily there to gain practical experience toward their study course.
While some student placements require them to take responsibility for some planning and activities, they will not be solely responsible for programming or supervising the children.
All students and volunteers act under the direction and supervision of the Lead Educator or Centre Director.