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Goodstart Annandale Yolanda Drive

121 Yolanda Drive, ANNANDALE, 4814, QLD
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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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  • Toddler
  • Kindergarten

About our centre

Goodstart Early Learning Annandale Yolanda Drive is located in a relaxed pocket of suburbia amongst residential areas, local schools and shops.

Our Early Learning service is part of a great defence community and located close to Lavarack Army Barracks, Townsville University Hospital, and major shopping precincts.

Our planning and documentation techniques encourage and support individual development. We plan lessons that incorporate multiculturalism, a sense of belonging and healthy lifestyles, just to name a few.

Across all rooms from Toddler to Pre-Kindergarten, we are aligned with an Early Years Learning Framework. In our Kindergarten room the curriculum aligns with the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines Framework. Colourful, stimulating surrounds ensure the children have the chance to grow and develop through sensory, play-based learning experiences.

Our Storypark platform enables us to stay in close contact with parents and families, ensuring open and clear communication. This also means we can tailor programs to the child’s individual needs, interests, and strengths, as well as supporting the strong level of cultural diversity within our centre.

Outside, we have ample age-appropriate explorative areas and equipment. Our yards comprise of 3 sandpits, lots of shade, a vegie garden, 2 wooden deck areas, flower gardens, a recycling area, a yarning circle, and a balance of natural and man-made play surfaces.

We encourage family feedback and are always seeking ways of improving our early learning and education journey with each family and child. Our service is family orientated based with 4 rooms which allows all educators and the Centre Director to sustain strong relationships with all families and children.

Our service thrives on community involvement and is always happy to help where we can.
Our Centre Vision is, ‘For every child to belong’ which aligns with Goodstarts’ Vision which states,
‘Is for Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life’.

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

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Vanessa Poppi

Centre Director

Ciao and welcome, my name is Vanessa and I’m the Centre Director here at Goodstart Early Learning Annandale Yolanda Drive.

I have a Diploma in Children’s Services and have been in childcare since 2007. I started my early learning journey as a casual employee, originally with ABC before Goodstart took over. I have held many roles over the years including: an assistant, a lead educator, educational leader, first aid officer, assistant director then Centre Director. It has been a very rewarding career this far and I will continue to share my experience and passion for working with children for many years to come.

I’ve been privileged to relocate a few times with the company over my years in the sector. I’ve gained many friends for life, a love of learning and educating children and endless support from many amazing educators and co-workers along the way. In April 2018 I made the decision to relocate to Townsville to explore what the city offers and to share my passion and knowledge here with the team I work with now at Annandale Yolanda Drive.

I’ve always been guided in my vision with the words from the very talented Whitney Houston and her song, The Greatest Love of All, as it depicts children with such purity.My Image of Child is:

‘I believe the children are the future, teach them well and let them lead the way, show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride to make it easier, let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be’.

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