Family Handbook - Discover Our Program | Goodstart

    Discover our early learning program

    Goodstart’s dynamic, vibrant and inspiring program is designed by our experienced early learning educators. Goodstart’s program is based on the knowledge that children are natural learners, and that each child develops at their own pace. Unlike outdated programs of previous generations that expected all children to learn the same things at the same time, the Goodstart program is flexible, individual and engaging. We aim to offer every child a rich and unique learning experience that will give them the best possible start in life.

    In fact, international research tells us that, for every year a child spends in a high quality early learning program like ours, their school outcomes in literacy and numeracy improve dramatically.1

    At every age and stage of the learning journey, we will continue to work with you so we can learn more about your child. This helps us create a program that builds on their interests and abilities, and introduces and reinforces important concepts - like language, maths, science, environment, art, health and social awareness – in the way that works best for them.

    1. COAG Reform Council, “Education in Australia 2012: Five Years of Performance.” Canberra, Oct 2013.

    The Early Years Learning Framework

    At the heart of Goodstart’s program is “Belonging, Being and Becoming”, the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) for Australia. This is the Australian Government’s national framework for early childhood education, and a key component of the National Quality Framework (NQF) for early childhood education and care which is designed to encourage continuous improvement of education and care services across Australia. The EYLF defines the principles, practices and outcomes essential to every early learning program and is designed to ensure all children, from birth to five years of age, receive high quality learning experiences.

    The Framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning and aims to achieve five overall Learning Outcomes:

    1. Children have a strong sense of identity.
    2. Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
    3. Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
    4. Children are confident and involved learners.
    5. Children are effective communicators.

    You can find more information about the NQF at

    You can download the Early Years Learning Framework Families Guide at