Partnering with families doesn’t stop at pick-up time
They say it takes a village to raise a child, and when a new family starts at a Goodstart centre we do everything we can to become part of that family’s village.
We understand the important role that our teachers and educators play in supporting the lives of families at this most wonderful, yet challenging, time in their lives.
Our centres offer additional support to families in a number of ways. We invest heavily in special programs and service models which help centres deliver the social inclusion programs
we run, and we also employ
more than 40 child and family practitioners, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and social inclusion coordinators who work directly with centres.
Our centres also use their own initiative to extend their services and create access and connections within their community in response to child and family needs.
Here’s just a few examples of how our centres go the extra mile to support their families:
- The heartbeat of a community: when a child enrolled at Goodstart Blackman’s Bay with a heart condition, the centre purchased a defibrillator and undertook staff training to ensure they could support the child and their community...read more
- Connecting families with vital services: the Wide Bay area of Queensland was hit hard with cuts to services, so the team at Goodstart Kingaroy formed a support group of service providers to help provide quick referrals for families in need of assistance...read more
- Creating welcoming spaces: Goodstart Marrickville is in the heart of one of Australia’s most culturally diverse areas. The centre embraces this and has created welcoming spaces and a sense of belonging for all children and families in their centre...read more
- Helping children affected by trauma: Goodstart Narre-Warren Pound Road South developed vital community partnerships to ensure children and families who’d experienced trauma had access to specialised support...read more
Our centres also help children and families to cope with separation anxiety
, behavioural issues
, emotional development
and much, much more. And all of this is on top of providing the very highest quality of early learning so that children have the skills they need for school and beyond.
It’s all part of what we do to help ensure Australia’s children get the very best start in life.