Nod to wine country history in new centre design
When the new Goodstart Magill Penfold Road
centre opens its doors later this year, it will be in stark contrast to the current centre.
An architecturally-designed building, with six age-based learning spaces over a single level, the new centre, will replace the current business which is housed in a former shopping centre.
This complex will then be demolished to make way for a second Goodstart Early Learning centre for the area.
Centre director Bianca Edom is counting down the weeks until the move becomes a reality.
“We’re all really excited to be moving into a new centre that’s been built for purpose,” Ms Edom said.
“All of the team have been with me here for a number of years and they will all come over and are really looking forward to it. Once the frame is up we are planning on taking the children on a bus trip to have a look around.”
The new centre is being built on the site of an old family home, about 1km away, and photos of the building, as well as a grapevine and banana tree, have been salvaged and will be rehomed in the new design.
“Penfolds Winery is just up the road from our centre and so there is a very strong wine-making culture in this area. The former owners of the new Goodstart site made wine here and even had a cellar underneath the house so we want to remember this and include the history at our centre.”
The existing centre will be demolished to make way to a new building.
“We own the site so it makes sense for us to rebuild here as well and there is great demand for high quality early learning in this area,” Ms Edom said.
“Even though our current building doesn’t look that great from the street, we have very high occupancy and know there’s a real demand for a beautiful learning environment that is purpose-built and aligns with our early learning curriculum and philosophies.”
The first of the two new centres is expected to be completed later this year and the waitlist is now open.