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

Laura Peckett

Operations Manager Laura has worked within the childcare industry since 1995; after gaining her qualifications and working initially in the UK she decided to move her life and career to Australia and has been here now since 2008.  She has worked for Little Peoples Place for her entire time in Australia, it has allowed her to gain continued experience and the furthering of skills as an Assistant Director, Director and now the Operations Manager. 

She is passionate about early years  and aims to provide high quality care and education that promotes an environment fostering security, peace, harmony and a sense of belonging.  Believing that early childhood forms a foundation for the development of skills needed for life; therefore she aims to provide each and every child with the best possible stimulation, education, development and care.  She believes in broadening the children’s understanding of the world in which we live, to explore the diversity of culture and the community around us. 
Her role as Operations Manager allows her to work closely with Managers, Directors and Educators to ensure that their personal philosophy’s, as well as the companies, are developed, challenged and achieved therefore creating an environment for the children that establishes self-esteem, resilience, healthy growth and capacity to learn.

Jacqueline Friel

Administration Jacqui has been in childcare industry for 12 years and has worked with Little Peoples Place for over 7 years of them.

Jacqui’s passion is to assist children to learn through play based learning by using encouragement, support, persistence, trial and error methods and by using the environment provided within the settings. 
She believes in allowing the natural environment to be a great teacher in life skills.

She has a passion to provide high quality care in an education and care setting that promotes independence and emotional regulation along with a sense of belonging and experience to broaden the children’s knowledge.

Jacqui has transitioned through Little Peoples Place from a Qualified educator to Director and now her role in administration.  Within this role she assists the Managing Directors, Operations Manager and Directors to ensure quality control and exceeding practices.