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Goodstart Hawthorne

Well-designed learning spaces in a beautiful old church

We are located on the lands of the Yuggara people.
159 Hawthorne Road, HAWTHORNE, 4171, QLD
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6:30am to 6:30pm, Monday to Friday

Open every weekday of the year, except public holidays

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  • Kindergarten

About our centre

Welcome to Goodstart Early Learning Hawthorne


Our family-friendly centre, in a beautiful old church, offers well-designed, cosy learning spaces. We have a small, passionate team focused on nurturing and teaching children from 15 months to school age. We offer long daycare and kindergarten programs and we pride ourselves on being a family-oriented centre. 


We have a small, dedicated team of educators, some who have worked here for many years. Our educators are qualified, highly experienced, and passionate about our centre, children, our families and the community. 

If you love beautifully designed learning spaces, our Family Services team can check what's available at Goodstart Hawthorne for you. Enter your contact details below, and we'll call you to find out what you need

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.

Learn more about Goodstart Hawthorne

  • At Goodstart Hawthorne 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. 

  • Our team of experienced and dedicated educators is 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. From spacious outdoor play areas to well-appointed learning spaces, we'll have many things that meet your child's interests and individual needs.  

  • If your child attends childcare with us, they can stay with us until they start school. At Goodstart Hawthorne, we offer a government-assessed and approved kindergarten 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.  

  • At Goodstart, we believe all children deserve the best possible start in life, and that includes access to high-quality early childhood education and care. We offer: 

    • Discounts on multiple days.

    • All day sessions. 

    • Discounted shorter sessions. 

    • Discounts on outside school hours (check with our centre director). 

    • 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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So friendly, welcoming and caring. The staff are all so kind and gentle with my child, especially upon drop off when she is sometimes upset. They are always happy to talk about her progress/routine etc and are very supportive. The centre is clean and has great facilities. My child loves the chickens, worms and veggie gardens - it's great that they can spend time outside and learn about the environment, veggies and animals.
Louise C.
My daughter has been attending Goodstart Hawthorne since she was 15 months old (now 22 months) and we love it. The director (Kate) & educators have all been so approachable, caring and supportive of my daughter and the other little ones. The environment is lovely and clean with decent indoor & outdoor areas (with chickens and a veggie patch!). The daily programme follows the same structure however activities are varied which is great for curious little learners & adventurers alike. Highly recommend!
Tash Allman
Our family is very happy with this daycare. The quality of care is the best, the educators are genuinely invested in the children’s happiness, wellbeing and learning. The director is amazing and has created a great little community. The facilities are clean, very rarely any illnesses, and communication between families and staff is frequent
Megan T.
A great, nurturing environment for children. The carers and educators are experienced & caring, you can see their genuine passion about children’s education. The centre is clean with spacious outdoor play areas, a veggie patch & chooks. I love that it’s play based learning as well. I have seen my children blossom and grow during their time there. They love the educators, and have made some wonderful friendships. They’ve learned so much and I love that their focus on school readiness is not limited to academic achievement but on a more holistic approach - improving a preschooler’s ability to do things independently & communication skills with peers & adults so they can navigate prep confidently.
Alena Couzet
“Everyone at Good Start Hawthorne is just amazing and both my girls have always been extremely happy there. My eldest loves it so much she still loves returning to visit when we pick up her younger sister. I couldn’t be happier with the team - one less thing to think about when I’m in a very big role at work!”
Kate B.
I am so grateful that we found Hawthorne Goodstart. Kate is the director and her team of professional and talented educators have been a great fit for our 2.5y.o daughter who is does 4-days a week in Senior Toddler. We moved to Brisbane from Sydney almost a year ago and I applied to several childcares in advance. Hawthorne Goodstart stood out as the best value for money - professional, hard-working, friendly, safe, good humour, and down-to-earth culture. I get the sense that there is something special about this particular goodstart centre. I hear stories about other Goodstarts in Brisbane that sound nothing like the high quality of care we get with Kate and her staff. The renovated chapel gives a warm homely feel and there is plenty of space indoors and outdoors as well as chickens. The educators know their stuff from the detailed posts on Story Park about their observations of your child and how they are tailoring your childs learning programs. The staff are very polite and appear to love their jobs which is a sign of good organisational culture. The other parents are also very kind and sociable with the odd get-togethers throughout the year. Highly recommend having a tour.
Hugh W.

Kate Walburn

Centre Director

Hi my name is Kate Walburn and I am the Centre Director here at Goodstart Hawthorne. I hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Advanced Diploma in Business Management. I am passionate in Trauma informed practise for both children and adults and have recently completed a certificate in this area. I have worked in the Early Childhood sector for over 15 years starting as an Educator and moving up through to Director which gives me a great understanding of the industry.

My passion for giving all children the best possible start in life is what originally drew me to Goodstart and at Hawthorne our vision is to change the world one heart and mind at a time. Our three main focusses as a centre are; Reconciliation and inclusion, Sustainability and getting ready for school.
Please feel free to come in and introduce yourself or contact us to organise a tour. I look forward to meeting you and being part of your family's learning journey. 

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