Nurturing early learning in Murwillumbah.

Join an Early Learning Centre that encourages children to explore, investigate and understand the world around them.

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Petit ELJ Murwillumbah has been welcoming families since 2015. We offer a play-based learning environment and our planning cycles are based on the children’s interests and developmental stages. We have strong partnerships with families which enables us to create a safe place of learning.

Petit ELJ Murwillumbah offers engaging and supportive indoor and outdoor environments for your child to foster a lifelong love of learning. Our Centre has play areas allowing for exploration and fun all year round. Our environments support learning that is child-led. We encourage our children to make choices around resources and activities that interest them and spark curiosity.

Our qualified educators are passionate about children’s learning and development of lifelong skills. A collaborative partnership with children, families and the communities drive our quality curriculum program. Our educators have regular professional development training that promotes contemporary early childhood practices as they unfold, making for a productive, meaningful learning environment.

Shanyn PellingCentre Director

Hi, My name is Shanyn and I am the Centre Director at Petit ELJ Murwillumbah.

I believe that strong bonds and relationships are what gives children the confidence to explore and learn while feeling emotionally supported by the adults around them. It is paramount that these relationships with the children and the families are built on trust and we create these safe places for children to thrive.

I believe in having stimulating environments that invite the children to explore their surroundings and grow in their abilities. This leads them to ask questions and be curious which forms a huge part of their learning journey. We as educators need to give them the support they crave but also encourage them to take risks and learn things independently as well, teaching them skills that they will take with them through their lives.

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.

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 Murwillumbah Centres, we offer Lil Fi Music.


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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Murwillumbah Pre-school Program

Enrol your child in a Pre-school 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 Murwillumbah, 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 pre-school experience, and we work to nurture the link between home and pre-school 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 Murwillumbah Pre-school Teacher Profile

Lily Hamer Early Childhood Teacher

I have been working as an Early Childhood Teacher at Petit ELJ in Murwillumbah since January 2020. I am working towards my Bachelor of Early Childhood and look forward to completing my studies later in the year.

I continually reflect on my practice and program, which is supported by my innate desire to learn, develop and grow. I know my beliefs and philosophy will adapt and change as I do, the children I come in contact with and the world we live in does. However fundamental values form the basis of my philosophy which entails providing safe, supportive and nurturing spaces for children. The foundation of genuine connection and relationships are significant to me as I get to know the children, families and how I can support them in their development. As a result, children are provided with excellent opportunities for positive and healthy development while they are in my care.

The Pre-school program has two main elements to it: Indoor and Outdoor. The program is based upon child observations and what their interests are during the day. It is designed around spontaneous moments that are then extended upon in the learning. I also do fortnightly reflections to improve my practice as well as, including children’s reflections to ensure their voice and their input guides the learning.

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Benefits of attending a Petit ELJ Pre-school 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 Pre-school, 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 Murwillumbah Fees 2020

Long Day Care – Under 3 yrs


Over 3 yrs


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 Pre-school 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 110 place centre has 5 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 20 places.

Child Care Subsidy Eligibility

Our fees are before the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Petit ELJ Murwillumbah 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 adore Petit Early Learning Journey.

Sammi Mcandrew, Murwillumbah NSW

The staff are exceptionally wonderful with all the children and they have innovative learning experiences that give them such good understanding!! Love Petit.

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