About Goodstart Richmond
Goodstart Early Learning Child Care Centre Richmond has a natural and homely environment and is located in central Richmond with easy access to the city, the shopping district on Bridge Road, and Swan Street’s famous restaurants. We are close to public transport or short walking tracks to parks, playgrounds, Collingwood Children's Farm, Tennis Centre, the famous MCG, Studley Park, the Yarra River, and many local schools.
Our centre is very secure. We have two separate pin codes to gain access to our entry gates and we ensure anyone who we have not seen in the centre before verifies their identity with photo ID. We also have an electronic sign in and out system, verified by an individual’s own phone number and personal pin.
Educators within each room follow the Early Years Learning Framework, and practise the principles embedded in the framework every day. We actively encourage family participation and input and we recognise the value of play-based development
Inviting, engaging, and age appropriate learning environments ensure the children in our care 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 to school.
Our Storypark platform, as well as regular family nights, centre events and both emailed and printed newsletters, enable us to stay in close contact with parents and families, ensuring open and clear communication. This also means we can tailor our centres program to each 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 has a friendly pet rabbit named Peanut, a working worm farm, and three vegetable plots which help to provide seasonal produce for our centre menu.
We provide all meals which are cooked and prepared on the premises by a commercially trained Qualified Chef. Our menu rotates with the seasons and is built around highly nutritious foods with minimal refined sugars and preservatives. Our meat is provided by the local Berties Butchers and is all free range, grass-fed and organic.
Our highly trained and passionate staff are well known around the community for their caring and nurturing attitude towards the centre and the children in their care. A number of these staff are from various cultures and backgrounds which enables us to have first-hand experiences with multicultural events, such as Ramadan, Holi, Chinese New Year, and Australia Day.
Throughout the year we involve the children in a number of different events such as crazy hair day, pyjama day, footy day, celebrating birthdays, Easter and Christmas, and at the end of each year we hold a graduation party for the Kindergarten children who are leaving the centre to transition to primary school to further their education.
Our centre philosophy encourages all children to develop their individuality by expressing themselves through music, art, language, social settings, physical activities, and cognitive and sensory experiences.
We ensure our children feel safe and secure in their environment by providing them with the care they deserve.
We invite you to come and visit our centre to meet our team and to see for yourself our commitment to your child’s early learning journey.
We provide early learning & care to these groups:
Pre-Kinder 3-4 years