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Goodstart Nelson Bay

125-127 Shoal Bay Road, NELSON BAY, 2315, NSW
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7:00am to 6:30pm, Monday to Friday

Open every weekday of the year, except public holidays

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  • Nursery
  • Toddler
  • Preschool

About our centre

Goodstart Early Learning Child Care Centre Nelson Bay East is centrally located, close to local schools, shops and main roads, as well as public transport and community facilities. It is a great location for families living in Fingal Bay, Shoal Bay, Nelson Bay, Corlette, Salamander Bay and surrounding areas.

Our experienced and qualified staff offer knowledge of the local area and what is available to families, and pride themselves on building strong working relationships with families and strong bonds with the children in their care. 

Our staff go to great lengths to provide meaningful and educational programs for all ages, providing children with the skills to become confident, life-long learners.

Our setting provides an environment which empowers children to engage independently, and extend on their interests, strengths and abilities.

Inside, all of the rooms  - from Nursery to Kindergarten / Preschool - are all set up in line with an Early Years Learning Framework, with sensory and play based learning opportunities. Colourful, stimulating surrounds ensure the children have the chance to grow and develop through sensory, play-based learning.

Our families enjoy our welcoming atmosphere and desire to accommodate their needs. Families also enjoy coming together for our special events such as Grandparent's Day, World Food Week, Community Week and Graduation.

Our Storypark platform, as well as regular family nights and emailed newsletters, enable us to stay in close contact with parents and families, ensuring open and clear communication. This also means we can tailor each program to the child’s individual needs, interests and strengths – as well as the strong level of cultural diversity in our centre.

Outside, we have three areas all with age appropriate play spaces and equipment. With everything from natural and manmade play surfaces, to sandpits, verandahs and vege patches with worm farm, we offer a fun and safe environment in which the children can learn and let their imaginations roam.

We also have a cook at the centre providing tasty and nutritious meals for the children when tummies start to growl.
Community is also important to us and through visits to the centre and participation in events and activities throughout the year we are able to enrich the learning experience. Art and music experiences are provided on a daily basis which allow the children to freely express their creativity.

We would welcome the opportunity to meet you and your family and explore how we can support you on this early learning adventure.

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Mandy Portlock

Centre Director

Hello there! My name is Mandy and I am the Centre Director at Goodstart Early Learning Child Care Centre Nelson Bay.

I have been working in the child care and early learning industry since 1984; I have been working in centres since 1991 and I have been a member of the Goodstart team since 2006. I have worked on the floor in both our toddler and pre school rooms before filling the role of Centre  Director and I have gained experience in Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania.

I have enjoyed switching between teaching and directing roles, believing this is a good way to keep current with best practise, share skills and most importantly have time to play!

Fundamental to my work as an Early Childhood Professional are some key elements to providing the highest quality of care and education to children, including:
- a focus on play based learning
- recognising children as unique people and learners
- working closely with families
- creating interesting, challenging and engaging play spaces

The team I am fortunate to work with shares my passion for seeing children meet their potential. They are dedicated, professional, experienced and highly qualified.

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.

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