About Goodstart Newstead
Goodstart Newstead has educators that provide stimulating, safe and nurturing early learning environments to ensuring that all families feel welcome and comfortable.
Goodstart goes beyond childcare. We all want to give our children the best possible start in life and now there's a proven way to do so. Neuroscience reveals that early learning programmes have a profound positive impact on the all-important first five years of your child's life.
You are welcome to visit our centre, it's completely normal to have a million questions as you seek high quality care for your child. Visiting a centre is the best way to decide this. It's impossible to get a sense of an early learning centre from a brochure or website. You really need to talk to the educators, see the rooms and facilities and experience the feel of the centre. Book a tour of your local centre by calling 1800 222 543.
Play-based learning is one of the foundations of early learning Goodstart has implemented at its centres around Australia. It fully engages children in activities where they can show what they've learned and are trying to understand. At Goodstart, children enjoy a wide variety of activities within a flexible daily routine to ensure their day is not just fun, but acts as a 'teachable moment in time'.
All centre staff are required to hold, or be studying towards, a Certificate III in Children's Services. Room Leaders must have achieved a minimum of a Diploma in Children's Services, while each centre will also need to have Bachelor-qualified Early Childhood Teachers by 2014.
We provide early learning & care to these groups:
6 wks to 12 mos
12 mos to 2 yrs
2 yrs to 3 yrs
3 yrs to 4 yrs
4 yrs to 5 yrs
Libby Verhay Centre Director
My name is Libby Verhay. I have been with Goodstart Early Learning since June 2004 and the Centre Director at Goodstart Newstead since May 2006. I have been working in the Early Childhood industry for more than 20 years and hold a Diploma of Children's Services. Before becoming a Centre Director, I was a Room Leader in a Nursery room at another Goodstart centre.
As Centre Director, I am responsible for the daily management of Goodstart Early Learning Newstead. I work closely with the children, families and staff to create an environment that is warm, friendly and stimulating. My passion is the welfare, education and rights of all children.