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Goodstart Richmond

319 Church Street, RICHMOND EAST, 3121, 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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  • Nursery
  • Toddler
  • Kindergarten

About our centre

Our centre is being upgraded to provide an even better learning experience for your children. We invite you to visit our centre to meet our team and to see for yourself our commitment to your child’s early learning journey when we re-open in September 2023.

Goodstart Early Learning Richmond has a natural and homely environment and is in central Richmond with easy access to the city, the shopping district on Bridge Road, and Swan Street’s famous restaurants. We are close to public transport or short walking tracks to parks, playgrounds, Collingwood Children's Farm.

Educators within each room follow the Early Years Learning Framework and embed these practice and principles in the framework every day. We actively encourage family participation and input and we recognise the value of play-based development.

Inviting, engaging, and age appropriate learning environments ensure the children in our care have a chance to grow and develop through sensory, play-based learning; and we are focused on ensuring all children’s interests and needs are met at all times.

Our StoryPark platform, as well as regular family nights, centre events and both emailed and printed newsletters, enable us to stay in close contact with parents and families, ensuring open and clear communication. This also means we can tailor our centres program to each 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. The centre has a working worm farm, and three vegetable plots which help to provide seasonal produce for our centre menu. 

We provide all meals which are cooked and prepared on the premises by a commercially trained Qualified Chef. Our menu rotates with the seasons and is built around highly nutritious foods with minimal refined sugars and preservatives. Our meat is provided by the local Berties Butchers and is all free range, grass-fed and organic.

Our highly trained and passionate staff are well known around the community for their caring and nurturing attitude towards the centre and the children in their care. A number of these staff are from various cultures and backgrounds which enables us to have first-hand experiences with multicultural events, such as Ramadan, Holi, Diwali, Chinese New Year, and Australia Day.

Our Kindergarten Room is run by a qualified Kindergarten Teacher, holding her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. The Kindergarten program is funded and developed to provide positive learning opportunities for your child to develop a range of skills to prepare them for their transition into the Primary School environment.

We offer 2 years of kinder. That's two years of continued high-quality early learning, playing and making friends. Everything your child needs to feel ready for school.

Throughout the year we involve the children in a number of different events such as crazy hair day, pyjama day, footy day, celebrating birthdays, Easter and Christmas, and at the end of each year we hold a graduation party for the Kindergarten children who are leaving the centre to transition to primary school to further their education.

Our centre philosophy encourages all children to develop their individuality by expressing themselves through music, art, language, social settings, physical activities, and cognitive and sensory experiences.  

We ensure our children feel safe, secure and supported in their environment by providing them with positive interactions and engaging learning opportunities.

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Brock McKenzie

Centre Director

Hi, I’m Brock McKenzie and I’ll be the Centre Director at Goodstart Richmond.

I have been working in Early Childhood for six years. Since 2020 I have been the Assistant Centre Director at Goodstart Rosebud, Eastbourne Road. I've also been Assistant Director at Goodstart Mount Martha and Melbourne Central.

I hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, and am currently studying my Advanced Diploma, I have a passion to further my knowledge and skills to provide the best possible care for all children

My Early Learning values:
I believe every child holds the right to develop at their own pace physically and cognitively. I believe to achieve this adequately you need to provide a fun happy and loving environment where every single child feels comfortable and supported.
What excites me about Goodstart Richmond:
Personally, I'm excited for the new opportunity and look forward to building a strong supportive team to help care for and educate local children.
For our community, I’m looking forward to welcoming you to our improved centre and seeing your child smile as they engage in all the wonderful play spaces and learning opportunities we’re creating. Seeing the future generations grow before my eyes and seek out their own interests gives me great job satisfaction and a sense of pride.
A little more about me:
I'm an avid sports fan and when I’m not at Goodstart, you will most likely find me on the cricket pitch, at a golf course or at the MCG. If I’m not at a sporting event, I may be camping across a multitude of areas across Victoria.

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