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Goodstart Mount Helen

1848 Geelong Road, MOUNT HELEN, 3350, VIC
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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
  • Kindergarten

About our centre

Goodstart Early Learning Child Care Centre Mount Helen is a 120 child care centre. We are situated in a beautiful suburb of Ballarat, off the busy road, with wonderful views from our playground and plenty of greenery.

Our educators are very professional and dedicated to providing high quality care and education for all of our children. Our program reflects the Early Years Learning Framework and provides plenty of experiences to cater for the various needs of our children and offers opportunities to extend on children’s skills in all areas of their development.

Our centre’s philosophy is incorporated into our daily program, we actively work towards our vision for all children in our care to reach their full potential. 

Our play based, stimulating rooms – from Nursery to Kindergarten / Preschool – are all geared with this in mind. We also develop colourful, engaging programs accounting for each child’s individual interests, needs and strengths; and with each step we are ensuring the children are ready to take the big step into schooling.
 
This is made simpler through our intuitive Storypark platform, which enables us to maintain consistent and clear communications with families. That means we are better placed to support a child in their learning journey, ensure parents have peace of mind, and time stamp the children’s developments, milestones and achievements.
 
Outside we have two areas with sandpits, climbing frames, vege patches, worm farms, space to run around and lots of shade. We have carefully designed and planned spaces to encourage a stronger understanding of the environment and sustainability – while giving children the scope to explore, play and let their imaginations roam.
 
All meals are prepared on site by our qualified cook who uses tasty, fresh and nutritional ingredients – just the thing to keep hungry tummies satisfied.

We encourage families and members of the community to contribute to our centre’s daily life and events in order to provide our children with rich experiences and specialised knowledge. 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.
 
Drop in and say hello! We would love to make you and your family welcome and the centre and discuss how we can start your child on a journey of lifelong learning.
 
 

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Renee Seidel

Centre Director

My name is Renee and I’ve worked with Goodstart since finishing my formal training eleven years ago. I was inspired to work in this industry at a very young age - when my younger siblings came along. Watching them develop and learn completely inspired me, and I fell in love with the idea of being a pivotal part in Early Childhood. After finishing my diploma, I started working at Goodstart, and I love it.

Being mentored by the brilliant Kylie Pope and observing how a centre ran. I could see that if I stepped up to Assistant Director, I could have an even greater influence of the quality of care we were providing to children and their families. My role as assistant director led to me being offered a position as Director here at Goodstart Mount Helen, and I could not be happier.

My interests include baking and cooking, walking my two fur babies, Mika and Ruger. I also enjoy spending time with them and my partner anywhere outdoors

I love welcoming new families into our service and showing them why Goodstart Mount Helen is the perfect place for them. I strongly believe in working alongside families. I respect and welcome their  diverse knowledge, contributions, and perspectives. A co-operative partnership with you provides our service with invaluable information which is incorporated into our everyday practice to reinforce your children's sense of identity and respect for themselves and others.

We look forward to welcoming you at Mount Helen Goodstart and sharing your child's learning journey with you.

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