Cutting-edge centre sets high expectations
Yoga, language, computer training and cooking classes are just a few of the initiatives being developed at Goodstart Early Learning’s Jindi Kindergarten and Extended Care
The first of its kind in the Goodstart network, the centre was opened in 2015 in partnership with The Brotherhood of St Laurence and Whittlesea Council.
Centre director Lesley Czulowski said since opening more than a year ago, the service had gone ahead in leaps and bounds, offering many holistic benefits as well as an excellent learning environment.
“Since we opened we’ve forged ahead with programs including a playground twice a week, English language conversation classes for parents, a sport and wellbeing program and a kitchen garden,” Ms Czulowski said. “It’s been a wonderful experience growing and developing the centre and we have many plans for the future.”
Health and well-being programs include the Dental Health Services Smiles 4 Miles program, hearing tests with an onsite visit by an audiologist, an off-site bushwalk, a gardening and cooking program.
Food is redistributed to families in need, as part of the centre’s commitment to enhancing outcomes for children in vulnerable circumstances, and parents can take part in a garden working bee.
“Everything we do at Jindi follows our commitment to offer enhanced, integrated services for children and families, and provide the best possible education for our pre-schoolers,” Ms Czulowski said.
The Jindi centre offers Government funded kindergarten programs with extended hours of care. It has three kindergarten rooms for children aged three to five years in a brand new, state-of-the-art environment.
Each room has a university qualified early childhood teacher and highly experienced Goodstart educators delivering the play-based learning program that will support children in learning the skills for school and life.
“We are in a new community in a rapid growth corridor where new and old communities have come together,” Ms Czulowski said. “We have a large, growing multicultural population so our objective is to ensure parents and families are actively engaged in services and programs that support their children’s health educational and well-being.”
The centre runs a week-long orientation program to welcome new families and parents are invited to visit as often as they like.