Play-based is best early learning approach
Research shows access to quality early learning benefits children throughout their school years. Evidence also supports a play-based learning approach in early years education. Play supports children's intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth and informs our learning at Goodstart.
Guided by our bachelor-qualified teachers, your child will learn to think independently, problem-solve and work cooperatively — all great skills for school and life!
We're led by the gold standard in early years education
The Victorian Government Kinder Tick means you can be confident the program will be led by a Bachelor - qualified Teacher, your child will benefit from play-based learning. The kindergarten program is funded and approved by the Victorian Government, and the program complies with Australian guidelines and the National Quality Framework.
You choose the sessions that work for you
We provide flexibility and convenience for busy families with longer opening hours, five days a week. We offer Nine-hour, 10-hour and all-day sessions. Our long-day format means our qualified and experienced team can spend more time getting to know your child and can create an individual program that supports them in developing their love for learning. We're also open over school holidays and don't charge for public holidays, hallelujah!
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We provide meals
Our cooks prepare healthy meals all day, so you don't have to. You don't have to think about packing a lunch box for at least a whole year. No arguments and food waste for you. How good is that?
We know your child and support their individual learning
We will meet them where they are developmentally. We assess and review their progress throughout the years leading to school and ensure everything is on track. We explore their passions with them so they feel seen and valued. We also offer extra educational support if it's needed. At Goodstart, we appreciate your child for who they are and where they're going.
Our programs are designed with school readiness in mind
Getting a child ready for school is a team effort, and we also work with nearby schools and communicate with them using Transition to School Statements about your child, who they are and how they learn. These documents carry across with your child from kinder to school. It helps their new teacher prepare the best possible year ahead for your child. We often have school transition activities with local schools throughout the kinder year so your child feels comfy on their first day of Big School.
Inclusion is everything to us. Every child deserves to feel seen and valued for who they are. We work hard to create environments and support networks to welcome all children and their families to our centres. We take reconciliation seriously, walking with our families, children, and communities on this journey.
Get your guide to Kinder!
We hope you're excited by what we can offer our family! Download our handbook to learn more about our kindergarten program. We’ll help give your child the best possible start through a lifelong love of learning.
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If your child is born between 1 January and 30 April, they can start four year-old kindergarten in the year they turn four or five. Children can start their two-year kindergarten program if they have turned three years-old by April 30.
Our dynamic, vibrant and inspiring kindergarten programs are designed and delivered by Bachelor-qualified Teachers. We use play-based learning, which encourages exploration, relationship building and creativity. It also helps develop cognitive, physical, social, literacy and numeracy skills. Find out more information about what your child will learn.
Our centres offer longer hours and more flexible options than many other kindergartens, including nine-hour, 10-hour and all day sessions, five days a week, 52 weeks a year.
There’s no need to race to pick your child up by 3pm; we offer our kindergarten program across the entire day. Which means greater flexibility in hours for you, and more opportunity for us to tune in to when your child learns best.
Our kindergarten program receives government funding, which links in with the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) reducing your out-of-pocket costs. We also don't charge for public holidays. If you need support in navigating your Child Care Subsidy our team is here to assist.
We also provide families with assistance to access support services in the areas of speech, language, behaviour, social skills or overall development where needed. If you're concerned about any aspect of your child’s development or learning, please speak to your child’s Teacher. All Victorian Goodstart kinder children receive a complimentary Goodstart@Home kit which includes access to home learning through a range of learning resources.
The Victorian Government Kinder Tick means that you can be confident that the program will be led by a Bachelor -qualified Teacher, your child will benefit from play-based learning, the kindergarten program is funded and approved by the Victorian Government, and the program complies with government guidelines and the National Quality Framework.
Backed by government
Our three and four-year-old kindergarten programs are funded and approved by the Victorian Government, and the program complies with government guidelines and the National Quality Framework.
Find a centre
At Goodstart Early Learning, we welcome you to visit our early learning centres so you can meet our team and view the learning environment.