Inspired and child-led early learning in Burdell.

Join us at Burdell for an inclusive Early Learning Centre that puts your child’s interests and learning style first.

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Petit ELJ Burdell consists of two amazing Centres located right next to each other, creating one big family.

Our mission at Burdell is to provide children with an environment where they can build lifelong friendships and a love of learning. Our Centres take pride in being able to offer a culturally inclusive environment which strengthens our connectedness to our families and the wider community.

Our team of educators welcome all families into our centres and build a collaborative relationship that enhances each child’s learning journey.

At Petit ELJ Burdell, we provide a well-resourced environment for our educators to be able to facilitate and extend each child’s interests prompting their exploration of life.

We believe in letting children take the lead in their learning and live by the motto of “if a child can’t learn the way we teach, then maybe we should teach the way they learn”.

Katie GudgeCentre Director

Hi, I’m Katie, and I am the Centre Director at our Petit ELJ Centres in Burdell 1 & 2. I have been working in the Childcare industry since 1991. I have now been with Petit ELJ since 2014 when we opened our first centre in Townsville.

I have an Advanced Diploma of Children’s services, and I am also a Qualified Justice of the Peace. My mother owned and operated a childcare centre from when I was very young. I have had the pleasure to work with families from all walks of life, and that has made me love working in childcare even more.

The most rewarding aspect of my role is seeing each child learn new things, smile, and be happy to see me — knowing that I am doing a job I love and that parents have so much trust to leave the most important thing in their lives in my care.

I am fortunate to be able to work with a team of highly skilled educators, that are warm, friendly and most importantly share the same beliefs that I do. Children come first at Petit ELJ. Both in everyday activities and decisions made around the centre.

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 Burdell Centres, we offer Yoganastics, Future Champs, Gymnastics.


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 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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Burdell 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 Burdell, 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 Burdell Kindergarten Teacher Profiles

Kayly WhelanEarly Childhood Teacher Burdell 1

I have been in Kindergarten for over 4 years, and there is no other job that I would love as much as this one. I cherish building relationships with the children and find their smiles, hugs and stories are the best parts of my day.

I believe that the early years of learning are one the biggest and most important years of a children’s learning. I want to make sure that your children’s year in the Treasure Cove classroom is one of the best years of their schooling through learning, enjoyment and happiness.

I believe that all children are unique and that they all learn in different styles, and it is essential that as a teacher, you cater your teaching to all the children’s personal styles. I want my children to feel as though they are in a safe and supportive environment and that the children to educator relationship are one of positivity and security.

As this is their last year before prep, our kindergarten program focuses on school readiness. This includes helping prepare them socially and emotionally for their next journey and helping them have a confident self-identity and that they can self-regulate their emotions. We encourage this through a range of activities that include music and movement and children-based ideas. We also start to learn the basic literacy and numeracy skills to help them for prep, but this is all done at the children’s own pace.

Our room is one of Children’s interest, flexible routine as well as lots of laughter and smiles. My main goal every day is that the children are enjoying coming and spending their time in Treasure Cove.

Ashley MitchellEarly Childhood Teacher Burdell 2

I am very proud to be the Early Childhood Teacher of Treasure Cove Burdell 2. I have two children of my own Logan 7 and Hunter 11.

I grew up in the Hawkesbury, Western Sydney. As my husband is in the Australian Army, my experience has been able to expand across three States, continuing now in North Queensland.

My career and love for growing young minds begun 14 years ago as a trainee, studying my Certificate in Childcare. This then led into a Diploma qualification, where I gained 5 years of experience as a Group Leader with the 2-year-old age group.

My passion for early years education led me into my Bachelor of Education with Charles Sturt University. I have spent the past few years loving my time working at
Petit ELJ Burdell 2.

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.
  • Assess to interactive Smartboard to enhance learning journey.

Petit ELJ Burdell Fees 2020

Long Day Care – All Ages


*Speak to our team regarding a $5 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 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

Burdell 1 is a 105 place centre across 7 studios, and Burdell 2 is a 104 place centre across 5 studios with separate sleep rooms attached to the nurseries. 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 30 places.

Child Care Subsidy Eligibility

Our fees are before the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Petit ELJ Burdell 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.

Parents adore Petit Burdell.

Jennifer Atthow, Burdell QLD

We’ve absolutely loved Petit. Everyone is so nice and welcoming. Hudson loved his teachers and interacting with the other kids and he’s learnt so much while attending. We’re very sad to be leaving.

Georgia Elliott, Burdell QLD

Love this Centre it’s beautiful and clean, the staff are all so lovely and helpful!! Would definitely recommend it to anyone.

Tegan Louise, Burdell QLD

Best centre ever! I have recently moved into town and I have very high expectations, decent size rooms, awesome play area and the best care provided to your little one and bonus food and nappies provided. No centre I have looked at is near what I had with Petit.

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