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Goodstart Bentleigh East McKinnon Road

Inspired by nature, with a large, well-resourced yard and playground.

We are located on the lands of the Boonwurrung/Bunurong and the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples.
364 McKinnon Road, Bentleigh East, 3165, VIC
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7:00am to 6:30pm, Monday to Friday

Open every weekday of the year, except public holidays

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  • Toddler
  • Kindergarten

About our centre

Welcome to Goodstart Early Learning Bentleigh East - McKinnon Road

At Goodstart Bentleigh East McKinnon Road, our centre is dedicated to providing a nurturing and educational environment for children from six weeks to school aged 

We offer long daycare and kindergarten programs and our play-based learning programs are 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.

Learn more about Goodstart Bentleigh East - McKinnon Road

  • At Goodstart Bentleigh East McKinnon Road 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 Bentleigh East - McKinnon Road 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.  

  • 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.  

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Kristen Craighead

Centre Director

Hi, I’m Kristen and I am the Centre Director at Goodstart Bentleigh East, McKinnon Road.

Welcome to Goodstart Bentleigh East-Mckinnon Rd

My name is Kristen Craighead, and I have the honour of leading our connected and supportive community here in Bentleigh East-Mckinnon Rd , on the land of the Boonwurrung/Bunurong and the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people. With 20 years of experience in early childhood education and care, I'm deeply passionate about creating an environment where every child can thrive and discover their unique potential.

My background

I began my journey with my Diploma in Child Services which ignited my passion for early learning. Over the years, I've had the opportunity to support the transition of our families and community to the new centre here at Goodstart Bentleigh East-Mckinnon Rd.

My early childhood philosophy

I believe in ensuring children have a home away from home where they feel supported and their teachers develop the skills and autonomy children need for life. For me, it's all about building strong relationships and focusing on play-based learning.

What I love most about Goodstart Bentleigh East - McKinnon Road

Goodstart Bentleigh East-Mckinnon Rd is special because we are a brand new purpose built service with a small community service feel. We’ve taken what we learnt in our old setting and transferred it into our new facility. Every day, I'm inspired by the smiles, laughter, and learning that happen within our walls.

My commitment to you

As centre director, my door is always open to families. I'm here to ensure your child's experience with us is nurturing, educational, and fun. I believe in transparent communication and building partnerships with parents to support each child's journey.

Come and say 'Hi'

I look forward to welcoming you and your family to Goodstart Bentleigh East-Mckinnon Rd. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, or better yet, book a tour to see firsthand the wonderful environment we've created for our children. Together, we can make these early years enriching and memorable.


Warm regards,

Kristen Craighead

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