About Goodstart Cooranbong
Our centre is located in the local community of Cooranbong on the Central Coast, conveniently located on the corner of Martinsville and Government Road, not far from Cooranbong Public School and Cooranbong Fire Brigade.
We educate and care for children between 12 months and six years old. The learning environments at Goodstart Cooranbong are designed with a focus on play based learning, extending children’s risky play and facilitating children’s needs and interest.
Our toddler and pre-kindy (one room) learning space provides play based learning opportunities for children to discover, create and imagine. Educators are attuned to the children’s needs, supporting, guiding and enabling them to build a strong sense of wellbeing. We collaborate with families and strive to ensure routine continuity such as sleep times, bottles/breast milk and rest requirements. We support and encourage families to attend our centre before enrolment starts so we can build a deeper understanding of their wants, needs and personalities.
Our preschool/kindergarten learning space is free flowing and offers open ended activities. We base our program and curriculum on children’s interests and encourage parent input to facilitate this. The preschool environment uses natural materials as much as possible, creating a home like atmosphere. We welcome families in the mornings with calm music and essential oils along with quiet areas for children to transition comfortably and confidently. Throughout the day children are engaged and supported to participate in many experiences that involve literacy and numeracy in a play based way. We support, guide and encourage children’s social skills and competency, which is at the core of their readiness for school and effective transitions. We also have a strong partnership with the local primary school, Cooranbong Public, and take children on regular excursions.
In our outdoor area we have chickens and guinea pigs in an enclosure built by one of our parents. The children have the opportunity to observe the lifecycle of chickens in this environment on a regular basis. Our environments provide calm and collected areas, where children are in the outdoors space engaging with mud pits, sandpits, gardening and fire pits. We have an all-day indoor/outdoor program with the preschool room having their lunch, rest times and group times in the outdoors. We strive to embed sustainability into all of our practices with a focus on interacting with and caring for our natural environment.
We believe children are natural inventors, designers and creators. We encourage the older children to climb trees, ladders, build castles with tyres or climb a rope use real tools and explore their curiosity. Educators scaffold all children’s learning and respect their levels of competency in risky play.
Our early learning educational programs cater to each individual child's stage of development. Our curriculum is centred around the Early Years Learning Framework and is tailored to your child's unique strengths, needs and interests.
With a highly experienced team on board, Goodstart Cooranbong offers your family high quality early learning and care. All of our experienced educators hold formal qualifications, including Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching degrees, Certificate III and Diplomas in Children’s Services and are passionate about delivering a leading early learning curriculum in a welcoming and inspiring environment.
Our school readiness goals focus on supporting children to transition to school and we have close connections with local schools such as Cooranbong Public, Morisset Public, Bonnells Bay, Avondale, Dora Public, St John Vianney, Heritage College. Social competence is at the core of this readiness, we encourage self-help skills such as opening and closing lunch boxes, caring for their own belongings and being confident in their interactions with others. We hold a parent teacher evening once a year with these feeder schools where parents can join in a relaxed evening, gaining knowledge of when and how to prepare their child for this important transition.
We use Storypark to share your child's learning. This industry leading program lets you see the learning experiences of your child and allows you to interact with educators to enable real connections between what your child learns at Goodstart Cooranbong and what happens at home.
We provide early learning & care to these groups: