About Goodstart Bentleigh East South Road
Goodstart Early Learning Bentleigh East is in a picturesque neighborhood, close to local schools, shops, main roads and community facilities. We are also close to public transport links, making the daily drop-off and pick-up less stressful.
We are focused on collaborating with families to create a supportive environment for each child in our care and each day we spend time talking with families and updating them on their child’s day. We have a strong connection with our local community with regular visits from the local Dentist and Maternal Child Health Nurse. We hold monthly information sessions, where specialists such as Occupational Therapists and Psychologists attend. Every fortnight the children go on excursions, walking to the local reserve, butcher, bakery and post office.
Inside the Centre, our four rooms, ranging from Nursery through to Kindergarten, are all set up in line with the Early Years Learning Framework, with many sensory and play based learning opportunities. Children are encouraged to develop skills in a wide range of areas, including language and literacy, science, numeracy as well as a range of creative endeavors such as music, art, social skills, communication and problem solving.
Outside, we have three separate play environments, each with age appropriate structures and equipment. Our amazingly spacious yards have just been renovated and now feature wooden decks, digging patches, sandpits, worm farms, water features, climbing areas and lots of shade. Our yards enable us to truly nurture an understanding of the environment and sustainability through our vegetable/herb gardens and recyclable water.
Our Storypark platform, as well as regular family nights and fortnightly newsletters, enable us to stay in close contact with parents and families, ensuring open and clear communication. This also means we can tailor each program to the child’s individual needs, interests and strengths – as well as the strong level of cultural diversity in our Centre.
Families tell us they love our special events including afternoon teas for Mother's and Father's Day, a graduation ceremony for children leaving to go to school, a Christmas party and a concert - just to name a few! We also have many families and educators from different cultural backgrounds and celebrate many events on our multicultural calendar.
Our educators, most who’ve been with us long-term, work very hard to create fun and engaging learning experiences that capture the children’s imaginations. These experiences are flexible enough for each child to learn and grow in their unique way. All our educators are highly qualified, holding a Diploma in Children’s Services or higher, with three of our staff being Bachelor trained.
Our Centre features a homely kitchen and a professional chef who is with us every day. All food is bought to the Centre and prepared for each day, making our meals extremely fresh and nutritious.
We invite you to come and visit our Centre to meet our team and to see for yourself our commitment to your child’s early learning journey.
We provide early learning & care to these groups:
0 - 18 months
18 months - 3 years
Pre - Kinder 3 - 4 years
4 - 5 years
We're located at:
781 South Road
BENTLEIGH EAST VIC 3165
Ph: 03 9570 9500
Brittany Patford Centre Director
Hi there! My name is Brittany and I have been the Centre Director here at Goodstart Early Learning Bentleigh East since February 2013.
I have been working in the childcare industry since 2006 and hold an Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services and a Graduate Certificate in Prenatal and Postnatal Family Support. During my career I have had the opportunity to work with many different age groups.
I am passionate about early learning and I adhere to the principle that children learn best through play and sensory based experiences.
I pride myself on dedicating my time to ensuring our Centre is providing high quality care to all families in our community. The team I am fortunate to be a part of, shares my belief that building lasting relationships and working with families to meet the individual needs and interests of each child is critical to giving children the best possible start.
I look forward to meeting and welcoming you and your family. Come in and take a look around, meet the team and explore how we can support your early learning journey.