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Goodstart CDU

Play-based long daycare and preschool programs.

We are located on the lands of the Larrakia people.
77 Lakeside Drive, Charles Darwin University, Brinkin, 0830, NT
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6:30am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday

Open every weekday of the year, except public holidays

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  • Nursery
  • Toddler
  • Preschool

About our centre

Welcome to Goodstart Early Learning CDU.  

We offer affordable, all-inclusive top-notch childcare near CDU with state-of-the-art facilities and a cosy atmosphere. Join some of Darwin's brightest learners in our amazing art studio, focused learning spaces, and activities that spark curiosity, all designed to fit your schedule.

At Goodstart CDUwe’re dedicated to providing a nurturing and educational environment for children aged 6 weeks to school ageOur newstate-of-the-art centre is conveniently located on the Charles Darwin University (CDU) campus in Darwin, along Lakeside Drive.  

If this is what you're looking for, our Family Services team can check availability at our centre for you. Enter your details below, and we'll give you a call. 

We offer long daycare and preschool with play-based learning programs designed to promote:   

  • A child’s natural sense of enquiry 

  • Literacy, numeracy and social skills 

  • Creativity, problem solving and resilience 


These are all critical skills needed for school and life. Quality play-based learning gives children hands-on exploration of the world around them. 


If you're looking for early education and care for your family, we'll answer your questions below. Jump straight to the topic you need by selecting it or keep scrolling to read them all.

Hear from some of our families!

Learn more about Goodstart CDU

  • At Goodstart CDU, we believe in fostering a love of learning from an early age. Our curriculum is designed to cater to each child's individual needs, promoting cognitive, social, and emotional development through play-based learning activities.  

    We use the Early Years Learning Framework to guide our education program and scaffold children’s learning. With a strong commitment and focus to create a warm and welcoming community focused centre we look forward to building and maintaining meaningful and true relationships with all our families and children.    

  • Our team of experienced and dedicated educators are committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and stimulating environment for children. With a focus on building strong, positive relationships, we go out of our way to see your child feel valued and supported every day.

  • Safety is our top priority, and we look after our centres. They're intentionally designed to make the best use of our early learning resources and our settings are enriching and engaging. We’re designed to meet children's interests and individual needs. 

    Our brand-new centre features separate, naturally inspired learning areas, each with direct access to our landscaped designed outdoor environment. This way, children can move freely between spaces. We also have a multipurpose atelier for art or science, with a clay modelling studio, watercolour painting and much more.

  • If your child attends childcare with us, they can stay with us until they start school. At Goodstart CDU, we offer a government-assessed and approved preschool program. This curriculum is designed as a part of the Australian government's early years learning framework and it's delivered by bachelor-qualified early childhood teachers. This early education program applies across the country with school readiness in mind.  

  • We understand the demands of modern familiesThat's why we offer flexible hours to meet your family's schedule and your child's needs. We believe all children deserve the best possible start in life, and that includes access to quality early childhood education and care.

    We offer:  

    • Discounts on multiple days 

    • All day sessions 

    • Discounted shorter sessions 

    • Fee assistance programs for families 

  • Children need to feel safe and supported to learn and grow, so we promote key educator relationships between our educators and children. Your child will have at least one key educator who takes them under their wing and really gets to know them. We keep families informed with regular updates on their child's progress and we welcome family involvement in our centre events and activities.  

  • Click here to book your tour or call our Family Services team to find out more on 1800 222 543

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Monique Chambers

Centre Director

Hi everyone! My name is Monique. I've dedicated my career to being a fierce and passionate child advocate fostering opportunities for children to learn, thrive and celebrate their individual uniqueness.

Through 12 years of extensive experience across numerous roles I have developed deep understandings on all the multi-faceted aspects of the Early Childhood Education and Care sector.

I can't wait to meet you and get to know you all. Please feel free to pop in and say hello at any time!

I enrolled my twin boys at Goodstart Early Learning CDU over 6 months ago and I am thrilled to share my positive experience. This centre has proven to be an exceptional choice for my child's early education and development. Here are a few reasons why I highly recommend Goodstart Early Learning CDU: 1. Caring and Qualified Staff: The educators at Goodstart Early Learning CDU are not only highly qualified professionals but also genuinely caring individuals. They create a warm, inclusive, and nurturing environment for the children, allowing them to feel comfortable and secure in their surroundings. I am impressed by their dedication in fostering each child's unique talents and interests. 2. Comprehensive Early Learning Programs: Goodstart Early Learning CDU offers a well-rounded curriculum that focuses on holistic development. The programs are designed to support children's cognitive, physical, social, and emotional growth. They provide a range of engaging activities and experiences, including hands-on learning, group interactions, and outdoor play, which are essential for a child's development. 3. Safe and Stimulating Facilities: The centre boasts of excellent facilities and learning resources. The classrooms are bright, clean, and thoughtfully organized, creating an inviting atmosphere for learning. The outdoor play areas are spacious and equipped with age-appropriate equipment, allowing children to explore and engage in physical activities. Safety measures are a top priority, ensuring that parents can have peace of mind while their little ones are in the centre’s care. 4. Effective Communication and Parent Involvement: Goodstart Early Learning CDU maintains an open line of communication with parents. They provide regular updates on a child's progress, milestones achieved, and any concerns or achievements. The staff are always available to address any queries or discuss any aspect of your child's development. Additionally, they actively encourage and involve parents in their child's learning journey, fostering a strong parent-educator partnership. In conclusion, Goodstart Early Learning CDU has exceeded my expectations in providing a nurturing and stimulating environment for my child. The dedicated staff, comprehensive programs, safe facilities, effective communication, and community engagement make it an outstanding choice for early childhood education. I wholeheartedly recommend Goodstart Early Learning CDU to any parent seeking a quality early learning centre for their child's educational journey.

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