Leadership Team

Phyllis Narula

Managing Director Phyllis began her career in the travel industry. Shortly after starting her family and returning to the workplace, Phyllis struggled to find adequate child care for her daughter. Having always had an interest in early childhood learning, coupled with flexibility needed to be a working mother, Phyllis completed studies in Early Childhood and attained a Diploma in Children Services. After extensive research including consulting with the owners of other centres, Phyllis opened her first Centre – Little Peoples Place in East Fremantle in 2006.

Vijay Narula

Managing Director Vijay Narula arrived in Australia from India in 1996 on a student visa, working as cleaner and baker to pay for university. He left a banking career to start a childcare centre. He obtained a diploma in children services and opened his first childcare centre in 2006. Within eight years he opened a further eight centres, now employing more than 100 staff. Vijay supports a number of national and international charities. – See more at: www.40under40.com.au/Winner/Vijay-Narula

Sophie Whitelock

Administration My name is Sophie. I have a strong background in Administration of over 11 years working in corporate London offices. I was delighted to move to Perth and become the lead Administrator for the Narula Group of Childcare Companies. One thing that I love about my job as Administrative Assistant for Little Peoples Place is that no two days are ever the same; they are however always rewarding and challenging. I love the creativity my position allows me to have and I love being the support of all staff members, from the girls at the centres to the management team.

Laura Peckett

Operations Manager Hello, my name is Laura, I have worked within the childcare industry now for over 20 years and after gaining my qualifications and working initially in the UK I decided 8 years ago to move my life and career to Australia.  I have worked for Little Peoples Place for the entire 8 years gaining continued experience and furthering my skills as an Assistant Director, Director and now Operations Manager. 

I am passionate about childcare and aim to provide high quality care and education that promotes an environment fostering security, peace, harmony and a sense of belonging.  I believe that early childhood forms a foundation for the development of skills needed for life; therefore I aim to provide each and every child with the best possible stimulation, education, development and care.  I believe in broadening the children’s understanding of the world in which we live, to explore the diversity of culture and the community around us. 

My role as Operations Manager allows me to work closely with Managers, Directors and Educators to ensure that their personal philosophy’s, as well as my own, are developed, challenged and achieved therefore creating an environment for the children that establishes self-esteem, resilience, healthy growth and capacity to learn.