Family Handbook - Early Learning | Goodstart

    Early Learning at Goodstart What's it all about?

    Children start learning from the moment they are born. They are curious, creative and intensely interested in themselves and the world around them. Recognising that children are capable and confident learners in their own right is at the heart of how we approach early learning at Goodstart. Our approach draws from some of the world’s most respected and innovative thinking and research on early childhood education.

    Children have a natural drive to learn and explore. They use different tools to communicate and different ways of making their wants and needs expressed, which shows that they are capable and confident learners.

    Along with a caring and qualified educator, effective learning requires a rich and stimulating environment that’s designed to draw children to the experiences, activities, and equipment that we want them to engage with and explore.

    Research shows that children who take part in high quality play-based learning programs are more likely to have well-developed memory and language skills, and develop a love of learning that will help them succeed at all stages of their lives.

    At Goodstart, we aim to honour and value each child, their strengths, interests and opinions. Our programs are based on the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (which is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child). We believe that all children have the right to an education that lays a foundation for the rest of their lives, maximises their ability, and respects their family, culture, languages and identity.

    Professor Deborah Harcourt PhD, M Ed, B Ed, Dip T (ECE) Director, Early Learning & Research, Goodstart