Petit ELJ Caloundra is located within a beautiful community. It offers a high-quality play-based learning program based on current pedagogies and inspired by a strong partnership and collaboration with our families.
Educators form strong relationships with our children and our families to ensure they have a deep understanding of each child and their interests. This allows educators to design and implement an active learning cycle with a strong emphasis on the interests of both groups and individuals making for a more engaging learning environment.
Sharon NelsonCentre Director
Hi, I’m Sharon Nelson, Centre Director of Petit ELJ Caloundra.
I am passionate about working with children and their families in the early years of their life.
I believe it is important to provide children with quality care and education, setting them up for a journey of lifelong learning. My philosophy is that it takes a community to raise a child. Therefore I value and appreciate input and contributions from our families and other influential people in our children’s lives.
It’s incredible seeing the children become independent beings forming friendships, learning new skills and experiencing beautiful moments together.
I encourage family participation and welcome engagement and collaboration in the program with our open-door policy. We have experienced many magical moments within our Centre, and I can’t wait to share this journey with you and your family.
I feel privileged to work in such a great environment here at Petit ELJ Caloundra, where I know that I am making a difference to the lives of children and their families.
The high-quality care your child deserves!
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.
Caloundra 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 Caloundra, 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 Caloundra Kindergarten Teacher Profile
Douglas ArnoldEarly Childhood Teacher
I have been working in early childhood for 10 years and have a BA (Hons) Professional Studies in Education with Advanced Studies of Early Years.
My role as a teacher is to create an environment in which children experience excitement, motivation and challenge. Supporting and guiding children on their learning journeys to maximise their full potential.
For the children in our program, we aim to instil the dispositions for learning that will support them through their educational journeys. The children must have strong foundations to build upon that they can later apply to academia. One of the main areas we support the children with is developing their personal, social and emotional development.
School readiness involves children starting school with a toolkit of different approaches to learning that includes: their health and physical well-being; language and communication development; social and emotional development; and cognitive and general knowledge. During their time in our Kindergarten program, we help the children develop the different tools and strategies that they need to ensure they have a successful transition into the school system.
I chose to specialise in the Early Years because this was where I felt I could make the most significant difference in positively shaping children.
Benefits of attending a Petit ELJ Kindergarten or Preschool Program
Our qualified early childhood teachers guide children through the 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 (such as adventures to our local library, aged care and Bush Kindergarten).
- Assess to interactive Smartboard to enhance learning journey.
Petit ELJ Caloundra Fees 2020
*Speak to our team regarding a $2 per day subsidy for eligible Kindergarten children from January 2020.
Before School $32/day
After School $37/day
Vacation Care $65/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 121 place centre has 6 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 33 places.
Child Care Subsidy Eligibility
Our fees are before the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Petit ELJ Caloundra 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.
Parents cherish Petit Caloundra.
Brittany Melling, Caloundra QLD
Love the team at Petit! Since Kylie has taken over as director the centre has just thrived. Couldn’t be more grateful for what each and every educator does for our babies!!
Tamara Challis, Caloundra QLD
I have loved this centre since I started our daughter in the baby room! We even moved our son from another centre to this one we loved it so much. All the teachers are amazing I love those girls as they treat our kids like their own!! Kylie is a great centre manager as well I’ve been so happy with how everything has been! Makes my life easier knowing my kids are in capable hands!
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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