About Goodstart Penfield
Goodstart Early Learning Child Care Centre Penfield is an interactive, experience-based centre located just behind the RAAF base and within the convenience of suburbia. Its 12 acres of land gives children the opportunity to be immersed in a natural, rural environment.
We have large grassed outdoor play areas for children with rock areas, sand pits and a family of farm animals.
All of the children are involved in the care and feeding of our sheep (and new baby lambs!), goats, chickens and ducks. We also have guinea pigs, a turkey and the farmer next door has goats and sheep which we can see from our yards. Also neighbouring the property is an equestrian centre so the children see the horses. They are also able to collect the eggs, watch the sheep be shorn and help maintain the vegetable garden. Along with the farm animals, we are lucky to have a beautiful variety of native animals on the property which we can see when exploring.
As we are situated in an Asian farming community, we expose children to that culture and we participate in special cultural events, especially Chinese New Year. Children also have the chance to experience other cultures within the centre and local community to encourage a strong sense of inclusion and acceptance. We believe in providing children with a stimulating and challenging program of learning experiences that will extend their skills and interests while learning through play.
At Goodstart Penfield, we strongly believe in supporting children’s developing life skills through unique, hands on experiences and our program is developed in line with the Early Years Learning Framework. Our learning philosophy is that the experience should be fun, developed in partnership with parents and meeting the individual needs and interests of the child.
Our centre caters for up to 85 children a day in rooms from Nursery, through to Toddler Rooms and Kindergarten / Preschool. We strive to develop strong relationships with all of our families and consider the care and education we provide is something of an extension of the family unit.
We would welcome the opportunity to meet you and your family and talk about how we can give your children the start they need to be a lifelong learner.
We provide early learning & care to these groups:
Pre-Kindy 3-4 years
Annette Denton Centre Director
Hi, I’m Annette and I am the Centre Director here at Goodstart Early Learning Child Care Centre Penfield. I have worked in the childcare sector for the past 25 years – 22 of those years spent here at Penfield. In 2004 I became the Centre Director and I am fortunate to lead a team of experienced and highly qualified early childhood educators, many of whom have remained at the centre for many years.
I strongly believe in offering young children a program that enhances their skills in a fun, loving, safe and supportive environment. We focus strongly on ensuring children have the social skills to make a seamless transition to school and at the core of everything we do is giving the children the time and space to learn at their own pace.
I really enjoy being a special part of the children's lives here at Goodstart Penfield and watching them grow and develop into confident young individuals. I’m also passionate about supporting families and making sure parents have the information they need as well as someone to turn to for a sounding board or have questions answered.
I am proud to be involved in the child care concept we enjoy here – the child care farm. Having the interactive farm environment adds a new aspect to child care where the children not only learn skills needed for school and later in life, but are taught responsibility in looking after our animals and understanding their role in our world.
Please feel free to come in, see our centre and find out how we can support you and your child on the journey through early learning. We would love to meet you.