About Goodstart Mackay Shakespeare Street
Goodstart Early Learning Child Care Centre Mackay East - Shakespeare Street was once a church but has been refurbished as a childcare centre. Located close to town and local schools and shops, the centre is also conveniently located a short drive from the airport and residential estates.
Our centre recently receieved an exceeding rating for assessment and rating which we are very proud of. We also run an extensive transition to school program on a wednesday with Victoria Park State School. This program provides children with the oppurtunity to visit and prepare for school.
Our educators are very passionate about working alongside families to provide the best possible outcomes for the children in our care.
Inside, all of the rooms - from Nursery to Kindergarten / Preschool - are all set up in line with an Early Years Learning Framework, with sensory and play based learning opportunities. Colourful, stimulating surrounds ensure the children have the chance to grow and develop through sensory, play-based learning; and we are focused on ensuring the children are ready to take that all important step up to school.
Our Storypark platform, as well as regular family nights and emailed 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.
Outside, we have age appropriate play spaces and equipment, all geared to enhance the children’s awareness of their surrounds and the greater environment, as well as their understanding of the importance of sustainability.
The centre offers two large playgrounds with plenty of shaded areas, natural play spaces, as well as a large undercover veranda for those hot or wet days. Our large play area has recently undergone a playground upgrade and now offers a natural aesthetically pleasing play space for children to learn, grow and discover.
Community is also important to us and through visits to the centre and participation in events and activities throughout the year we are able to enrich the learning experience. Through visits to the centre as well as excursions and participation in community events, we are able to deepen the relationship between the centre and the community, while teaching the children about being a contributing and active member of society.
Drop in and say hello! We would love to make you and your family welcome and the centre and discuss how we can start your child on a journey of lifelong learning.
We provide early learning & care to these groups:
15 months to 2 years
2 years to 3 years (Senior Toddlers)
Amanda Tomlinson Centre Director
Hi there! My name is Amanda and I am the Centre Director at Goodstart Early Learning Child Care Centre East Mackay - Shakespeare Street.
I have worked in the childcare industry since 2006 and throughout my career I have gained experience working in many different positions before becoming a centre director five years ago.
I have an Advanced Diploma in Children services and I am in the process of considering further study.
I believe in offering a safe, nurturing environment for all children in our care, working alongside families to ensure the best possible start for children. I believe that by creating strong bonds with families and children we are able to provide an environment for children to learn, grow and discover.
It is a privilege to be a part of such an important time in the children's development.
The team I am fortunate to work with shares my passion for seeing children meet their potential. They are dedicated, professional, experienced and highly qualified.
I look forward to welcoming you and your family and discussing how we can support you and your child on the pathway to lifelong learning.