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Goodstart Payneham

403-407 Payneham Road, Felixstow, 5070, SA
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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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  • Nursery
  • Toddler
  • Preschool

About our centre

At Goodstart Payneham, we strive to build trusting relationships with all our families and children and offer high quality care. Goodstart Payneham offers educational curriculums in all four rooms, which is reflected and implemented daily for all children following their interests, incorporating intentional teaching and developing all children’s abilities, needs and interests. Physical development, music and movement, sustainability and cultural awareness are also embedded into our daily practices.

The Universal Access program is offered within the kindy room. This is a government funded program that assists with children participating in incursions/excursions and purchasing new experiences for the room. At the Centre we also offer a soccer program to develop children’s hand eye coordination, physical ability and following instructions. A dance class is also offered to the 2-5-year old children called “Happy Feet" - the children really enjoy music and movement.

A nutritional menu is offered at the Centre each day, with our Centre Cook provided 5 meals per day - breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and late snack. Children also engage in cooking their own meals for the day, incorporating a variety of different cultural recipes into their MasterChef Classes.

We have an open-door policy to breastfeeding. For example, we have a breastfeeding area in our cot room, offering the chance for breastfeeding mothers to come back throughout the day to feed their child. 

Our outdoor play space provides large areas filled with fun, challenging and open ended resources to encourage children's physical development, exploration and enquiry. We have natural spaces which allow the children to safely explore and grow a greater understanding of their surrounds, the environment and the importance of sustainability.

The continuity of educators at the Centre shows the dedication to their job - many educators have been at the Centre for 10 years or more. This is very important as the children continue to see familiar faces every day, building strong relationships.

When you enrol at Goodstart Early Learning Payneham, you can expect:

•    High quality learning environments
•    Passionate and highly trained teaching staff
•    School readiness and transition to school program
•    Child-centred, teacher guided learning framework
•    Holistic focus on the development of your child
•    Secure access with digital sign in and sign out kiosks
•    Access to Storypark – your child’s online learning portfolio
•    Onsite qualified cook creating fresh and nutritious meals daily, catering for all dietary requirements
•    Meals, nappies, wipes, cot linen and sunscreen provided with no extra charge

We invite you to book a tour and take a look around, meet the team and explore how we can support your child’s early learning journey. We look forward to welcoming you and your family! (If the tour times available don’t suit you or your family’s commitments please contact us to organise a different time).

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Testimonials from our Families

What a fabulous friendly environment 💜 The staff have been very caring and inviting and have a very family feel about them as well as teaching our kids many new things each and every day. We have done a few daycare moves over the years and our now 5yr old is loving getting ready for kindy in this new facility of hers. She has built some lovely friendships with the staff and her peers. The biggest thing for us was finding stability and at this center all the staff have been working at this address for upto 17yrs and they really do put alot of effort into our children, we even had our first parent teacher interview which we thought was great, we feel more of a connection with the staff as we could see they really do want what is best for us and our children and they want to know how they can make it better for us. Five stars all round, well done guys, wish we had chosen you alot sooner. Don't worry about the size of the rooms, the team manage the space very well and they do a fabulous job of keeping the kids stimulated.
Brooke Walmsley (Happy Pet Helpers)
My son has been at Goodstart Payneham since he was 5 months old (full-time) in the nursery room. All the educators and admin staff are fantastic and amazing. They are so supportive and patient, and we’ve received millions of advice throughout my son’s development journey. It has a great environment and learning facilities. Children can play safely in the huge backyard, and my son loves planting and eating vegetables (cherry tomatoes, particularly in summer) from the garden. And he also loves nutritious lunch freshly cooked by chef, Dave. Plus many more! He started Kindergarten program here this term for 5 days and he absolutely enjoys what he learns everyday. We can clearly see his happiness and maturity which is thankfully encouraged and supported by beautiful team. I strongly recommend Goodstart Payneham to every parent, especially young families just like us.
Christina Lee

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Jessica Vatsilas

Centre Director

Hello, my name is Jessica Vatsilas and I am the Centre Director at Goodstart Payneham.

Working at Goodstart Payneham has been the most rewarding and successful journey! I have been part of the Payneham family for 17 years - 5 years as Centre Director. I believe that creating a nurturing, aesthetically pleasing and safe environment, filled with developmentally appropriate curriculums and programs, will shape the first 5 years of a child’s life. 

I am a passionate and dedicated leader who will always mentor and support my team to be the best that they can be. 

At Goodstart Payneham we thrive to build trusting reciprocal relationships with both children and their families through Key Educator Relationships, which helps develop their sense of belonging in a new learning environment. I believe that children have the right to learn, play and build skills at their own pace and follow their own interests through making their own decisions. 

Maintaining positive interactions builds a foundation for children to be nurtured, having a sense of agency and building a sense of security.

At Goodstart Payneham we might not be shiny brand new, but we are REAL, we have Heart and Soul!

We look forward to meeting you and your family. Come in and say hi!

Call us on 8365 0105, or click the 'Book a tour' button above to arrange a personalised tour. If you’d like a tour outside of the offered tour times please contact me so that we can organise this for you.

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