About Goodstart Bentleigh East McKinnon Road
About our new centre
Our purpose built centre provides much-needed care for local families. Featuring seven large and spacious learning spaces over two levels and a separate nursery sleep room, the centre provides a modern yet home-like naturally inspired environment.
All age-based learning spaces have direct access to our outdoor nature-based designed play space, with sensory gardens, pebbled creek beds, tee pees, pergola, digging patch and two large sandpits. Our beautiful outdoor dining hub provides a dedicated space for meals with our onsite kitchen with child-height servery allows our cook to serve and engage our children in cooking and preparing meals.
Our early learning programs cater to each child's stage of development, from six weeks of age to Kindergarten-aged children. Curriculum is based on the Early Years Learning Framework and is tailored to your child's individual interests.
Our family lounge is also available for our families to access during our opening hours - we welcome our families to take a moment to enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee.
Meals are cooked onsite in our commercial kitchen by our Centre Cook and prepared fresh each day - meals include a light breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack.
To be the first to be contacted to secure a tour booking please register your interest using the buttons above. We look forward to welcoming you and your family!
We provide early learning & care to these groups:
Pre-Kinder 3-4 years
We're located at:
364 McKinnon Road
Bentleigh East VIC 3165
Ph: 03 7004 0041
Closed (no charge for public holidays)
Kristen Craighead Centre Director
Hi, I’m Kristen and I am the Centre Director at Goodstart Bentleigh East, McKinnon Road.
I have been developing my career in the early childhood education industry since 2004 and for over 10 years that has been at Goodstart. During this time, I have had many wonderful opportunities to work with a diverse range of families, educators and industry leaders who have influenced my philosophy around education for children. I pride myself on leading with honesty and vulnerability as a strategy for growth and improvement.
As your Centre Director, I will be instrumental in recruitment as well as setting up all resources, furniture and educational experiences for your child. I am here to support our team and our families.
As a mother of two, I can appreciate first hand how difficult the journey can be for parents looking to access an early learning centre for their children.
I strongly believe that children are the leaders of tomorrow and it’s our responsibility to ensure their education and relationships set them on the journey for success. Therefore, as an educator and a parent I am passionate about ensuring children are set up for success in life.
The team at Goodstart Bentleigh East understand that children learn the best from teachers they have a strong emotional connection with, where reciprocal respect and trust is earnt through consistent positive interactions.
I’m looking forward to showing you your new centre and welcoming your child to explore our wonderful childcare and Kindergarten.