About Goodstart Fortitude Valley
Goodstart Early Learning Fortitude Valley is a purpose built centre. The centre has a large outdoor playground, something that is well sought after in the city. We provide all meals, nappies, sunscreen and all those little necessities. The centre has a large underground car park for parents to utilise - perfect for rainy days.
Our centre offers ages from 6 weeks to 5 years of age, our rooms start from Nursery through to Kindergarten. We have two Kindergarten rooms run by qualified early years learning teachers, our curriculum is based on QKLG, we run external extra-curricular activities throughout the week including, Happy Feet, Billy’s Buddies and Ginger sports which is at an extra cost to families. We have excursions/incursions that support children getting ready for school.
We have two large open playgrounds right in the middle of Fortitude Valley - no other centre in the area has such large age-based playgrounds! Through our sustainable garden program we connect with nature and teach our children how to care for our natural environment and the importance of sustainability in our world. We have two large sandpits, mud kitchen, bike tracks, train line viewing station, natural creek bed with running water and an outdoor cubby.
We have over 30 staff with 13 different cultural backgrounds and we are able to support our children and families' diversity and language needs.
The majority of our wonderful educators have been at the centre for several years. They are a dedicated and passionate team of early childhood professionals who strive each day to provide stimulating and fun programs for all children at our centre.
At Goodstart Early Learning Fortitude Valley, our vision is to become the centre of choice in our community. We believe that through excellent family relationships and valuing children’s individual personalities, we can give your child the best start in life.
We look forward to meeting you and your family.
To find us for your centre tour we are located next to the Fortitude Valley Police Station and Fortitude Valley pool, down the service round off Wickham or Brookes street.
We provide early learning & care to these groups:
We're located at:
95 Brookes Street
FORTITUDE VALLEY QLD 4006
Ph: 07 3252 9911
Marrie Mather Centre Director
Hello, my name is Marrie Mather and I am the Centre Director at Goodstart Fortitude Valley. I have been with Goodstart for 12 years. During this time, I have had the opportunity to work across many roles and within many rooms within the company since starting as an educator.
I have built a very deep respect for all of children and families in my care. I continually strive to provide families with positive outcomes and support them in their care journey.
I am extremely passionate about our focus on Key Educator Relationships (KER). I believe the first relationship that we, as educators, need to form is with the parents. From here, the trust begins to be built between the educator and the parent and this, in turn, allows the child to become comfortable with their KE and to develop a very deep and strong relationship. It is so important for us to set our children, families and educators up for success.
I believe in mentoring my team to continually increase their capabilities, helping them achieve their goals and encouraging their development. I believe in guiding my team to slow down their rituals, trust their knowledge, and appreciate, guide, support and respect children and families.
At Goodstart Fortitude Valley I will make decisions with my team that firmly encompass relationships. Without strong and meaningful relationships, I firmly believe that we do not have the solid foundations needed to help our children succeed. Our role is so important as we guide the children in our care to become confident, independent and capable learners and provide them with a supportive, communicative and nurturing environment every single day.
I look forward to getting to know you and your family.