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Centre Director and Leadership roles at Goodstart

Are you looking for a place that empowers you to run a great centre and enjoy life outside of work? Do you want to join a team that truly recognises and values your efforts?
Our talented, experienced Centre Leadership Teams are the heart and soul of our centres - and their relationships with families and communities are second to none. A guiding influence on the Teachers, Educators and children they support, our Centre Leaders are passionate about continuously building their knowledge and staying up to date with best practices. They’re also excited to share their expertise to develop the next generation of Teachers and Educators.
Centre Leadership Teams are vital to the success of our centres, helping to build and maintain a revenue-generating business. They collaborate on new service offers and actively contribute to the future direction of our organisation. The best part? They get to see the impact of their work at close range and are rewarded by the strong relationships they form with children, families and communities.
Comprising Centre Directors, Assistant Directors and Educational Leaders, our Centre Leadership Teams receive role-specific induction and a tailored Centre Director program, equipping them with the knowledge they need to launch into leadership.

View all our Centre Leadership vacancies

 Why choose Leadership at Goodstart?

VIEWSupporting you in making a difference

We believe every person should feel supported to be the best they can be. We’ve listened to what our people need, and we’ve worked with them to implement even better conditions and benefits. The result? Empowering environments where your valuable contribution is recognised.

Goodstart is a pretty special organisation. We’re for children and not for profit. And by providing high-quality early learning in a safe and caring environment, our people give children the educational, developmental and wellbeing outcomes they need for school and beyond. It’s all part of our vision for Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life.

What that looks like for you:

  • You’ll lead with both heart and mind, coaching and mentoring a team of early learning professionals and shaping the future of our organisation
  • By building strong relationships with children and families, you’ll help make sure early education is responsive and inclusive for everyone
  • You’ll be trusted to manage and develop your centre, but we’ll also give you plenty of support whenever you need it to ensure the best outcomes for you, your team and the children you nurture




VIEWWorking conditions with you in mind
We recognise the incredible work you do and the difference you make in the lives of children every day. But we also know you value your time outside of the workplace, and that looks different for everyone. Our flexible working conditions are designed to be exactly that: flexible, with no “one-size-fits-all” approach.

What this means for you:
  • We support you with a range of different shift options, with opportunities to work from home
  • You’ll get two dedicated wellbeing days each year so that you can put yourself first
  • We offer the option to purchase extra leave for greater work-life balance
  • Generous discounts on childcare, insurance, travel and technology to make life easier whenever we can




VIEWProviding you with security and support
We’re big, but we have a big heart, too. With more than 670 centres across Australia, we offer the security, reassurance and support of a large network - and with that comes job stability. Although we’re a large organisation, we recognise that everyone has individual goals and needs.

What this means for you:
  • We truly value you - that’s why we pay more. At Goodstart, Centre Directors get 10% above the award rate
  • Paid parental leave because we know family matters
  • You’ll get dedicated support and guidance on a range of topics, such as safety, teaching and inclusion, delivered face to face or virtually by our centre support team




VIEWA safe and welcoming environment
At Goodstart, health, safety and wellbeing are more than just words – they’re who we are and what we do to support you. We provide you with programs and ongoing support, such as live interactive webinars with our national safety and wellbeing team and free 24/7 independent counselling services to ensure you feel safe in your environment.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and we’re proud of our inclusive and diverse work environment. We want you to be comfortable being yourself, so we support individual growth and strong teams made up of many different cultures and backgrounds.

What this means for you:
  • With our sector-leading safety policies and procedures, you’ll always have peace of mind
  • You’ll have access to free 24/7 independent counselling for support when you need it most
  • We have a dedicated national safety team that prioritises your safety and wellness
  • Our Reconciliation Action Plan embeds inclusive practices into our centres to ensure everyone feels welcome




VIEWPersonal development and career opportunities
We offer professional development opportunities throughout the year to keep you up to date with leading-edge early learning practices. We also provide training to help you put inclusive practices in place, so you can support more children from diverse backgrounds or with additional needs. And because we have over 670 centres across Australia, there are plenty of chances to advance your career if you choose.

What this means for you:
  • Our Head of Pedagogy and Practice will help connect you with a national network of expertise, so help will never be far away
  • You’ll have access to our live webinars and interactive learning hub, so you can develop your skills in line with your individual goals
  • Develop your career with professional innovation to redefine traditional teaching methods




A career that changes lives

If you’re ready for a career that changes lives in a place that works for you, we’d love to hear from you!
View our current vacancies.




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