About Goodstart Menai
Goodstart Early Learning Menai is located in the tranquil leafy suburb of Menai which is located just over half an hour from Sydney CBD. Our centre is a purpose-built centre boasting four well sized classrooms.
Our educators and teachers believe that children learn through play, that the most important people in the child’s life are their family and that each child is a unique individual.
We implement this in our daily routine by providing engaging, play based experiences taking into consideration each child’s needs and interest.
Inside, all rooms are set up in line with National Quality Standards as well as the Early Years Learning Framework. The learning environments are age appropriate, promoting child’s curiosity and exploration, reflecting the current curriculum.
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. Our two play areas have sandpits, verandas, lots of natural space and are well shaded.
All meals are prepared on site by our qualified cook who uses tasty, fresh and nutritional ingredients – just the thing to keep hungry tummies satisfied.
Our StoryPark platform, as well as regular family events and 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.
We recognise each child’s cultural background and the influence it has on their care. We encourage children to develop positive friendships with their educators and peers through role modelling and guidance and striving to provide a warm, caring, fun and secure environment so that each child can gain the self-confidence needed to face the world.
A major focus for our centre is working with the broader community to help us enrich the children’s learning experience. Through visits to the centre as well as excursions and participation in community events, we deepen the relationship between the centre and the community, while teaching the children about being a contributing and active member of society.
We warmly welcome new families, so please stop by! We would love to meet you and discuss how we can support you and your child on the pathway to lifelong learning.
We provide early learning & care to these groups:
We're located at:
26-28 Allison Crescent
MENAI NSW 2234
Ph: 02 9541 0299
Vanessa Palermo Centre Director
Hello and welcome! My name is Vanessa Palermo and I’m the Centre Director at Goodstart Menai.
I emigrated to Australia from Brazil in 2012 and I’ve been working for Goodstart since 2014. I hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and I possess a great knowledge of industry compliance with an emphasis on health and safety, key educator approach and mentoring of staff.
As a mother myself I’m able to relate to parents and mediate the dynamics between the centre’s policies and procedures, and your family needs.
I’m passionate about my role as I truly believe children should be provided with the best possible start in life and they should always be the centre of everything we do!