We got a sneak peek of the BRAND NEW Goodstart Early Learning Centre in Gladesville and we can’t wait to tell you all about it. Opening Tuesday 29th January 2019, this one is as fresh as they come! To book a tour, contact them via their phone or email listed below.
With 644 childcare centres nationally, Goodstart Early Learning knows exactly what they’re doing when it comes to early childhood education. We were surprised to learn that Goodstart is a not-for-profit organisation founded by The Benevolent Society, Mission Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Social Ventures Australia. Operating as a social enterprise, their vision is for all Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life. They believe that if every child has access to quality early learning, it has the potential to transform Australia.
Bricks and Mortar
From a visual standpoint, the centre is beautiful. The building has been architecturally designed to include some of the cool industrial features from its former life as a warehouse, the fit-out is modern and clever and the interior design is out-of-a-magazine stunning.
The centre has six learning spaces and four outdoor playspaces directly accessible from each learning space. The outdoor areas feature sensory paths, sandpits, bamboo teepees, mud kitchens and water play.
Goodstart’s program is based on the knowledge that children are natural learners and that each child develops at their own pace. Educators create programs that build on the children’s interests and abilities as well as introducing and reinforcing important concepts – like language, maths, science, environment, art, health and social awareness – in the way that works best for them. Staff engage children by using play-based learning that encourages the development of outcomes within the Early Years Learning Framework.
We were impressed to see that ALL the toys available to play with are natural, open-ended (passive) and gender neutral. Not a plastic toy in sight!
Key Educator Relationships
Goodstart uses a Key Educator Relationships model to ensure the establishment of secure attachments and individual care. Key educators give families and children one or two people in the centre who are deeply connected to the child, their development, their rituals and their specific needs. This means parents will always have a ‘go to’ person in the centre to ask questions about their child or raise concerns. Key educators will form strong and secure relationships with children through continuity, consistency and nurturing relationships between educators and children individually and in small groups.
- All meals daily including a light breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack
- Cot and bed linen
- Sunscreen and hats
- Opening hours: 6:30am to 6:30pm Monday to Friday
- Phone: 9879 6469
- Address: 31 College Street, Gladesville
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.goodstart.org.au/Centres/Gladesville
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/goodstartgladesville
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/goodstartgladesville
- Parking: Underground carpark accessible for Goodstart families to access for convenient drop off and pick up. They have direct access via lift from the carpark to the centre.
Contact Goodstart Gladesville today to arrange a tour!
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