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Goodstart Mackay Macalister Street

46 Macalister Street, MACKAY, 4740, 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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  • Nursery
  • Toddler
  • Kindergarten

About our centre

Goodstart Early Learning Child Care Centre Mackay - Macalister Street offers the inner city community a place where children can be close to their parents' work, making the daily drop-off and pick-up convenient stress free.

We cater for city workers and for the numerous families who live in Mackay's high density inner city areas with educators committed to delivering the highest standard in early education.

At Goodstart Macalister street our Vision is ‘‘’Where Every Child Belongs’’ and we value diversity and aim to create a sense of family where everybody is welcome.

Inside, all of the rooms  - from Nursery to Kindergarten - are 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; and we are focused on ensuring the children are ready to take that all important step up to school.


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 age appropriate play spaces and equipment, all geared to enhance the children’s awareness of their surrounds and the greater environment, as well as their understanding of the importance of sustainability. Although in the centre of town, we still have a large playground to play in, stretch their legs and grow physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. 

Nutritious meals (lunch and afternoon tea) are provided by our centre cook daily. The favourite is pasta carbonara served with a tomato and bean salad. Yum! We cater for babies from six weeks to school age.

A major focus for our centre is working with the broader community to enrich the children’s learning experience. Through visits to the centre as well as excursions and participation in community events, we are able to deepen the relationship between the centre and the community, while teaching the children about being a contributing and active member of society.


We look forward to meeting you and your family soon! Come in and meet the team, take a tour and see how we can work together to give your child the best possible start in life.

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Rebecca Van Harselaar

Centre Director

Hi there! My name is Rebecca and I'm the Director of Goodstart Macalister Street.

My career in Early Learning

I have 16 years' experience working with all ages from nursery right through to kindergarten. I hold a Diploma in Early Childhood and Education.

I have worked many different roles throughout my time in the Early Childhood industry before taking on the role of Centre Director.


My Early Learning Values

As an Early Childhood Professional as well as a mum myself, I understand the importance of building strong partnerships with families and shared decision making.

I am passionate about working alongside our families, communities and other sectors to ensure the best possible outcome for all children.

I believe in providing a warm, welcoming and secure environment for children to learn and develop as well as providing a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for families.

I believe both families and children should feel a sense of belonging and provide input into the Centre and our programs. 


Our team is always upskilling and developing themselves to ensure your child gets the best possible learning outcomes and care.

Why not come and meet our passionate and dedicated team and allow us to share with you your child's learning journey. I look forward to meeting you and your family, where you can take a tour and meet our wonderful team. 


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