6 wks to 24 mths
2 yrs to 3 yrs
3 yrs to 6 yrs
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It is a happy and safe atmosphere in which young children can explore the world and their place in it. My daughter has blossomed there.
Aimee - Parent
I have been so pleased with how the staff have treated my child and my family. The caring and patient educators have really made our lives so much richer.
Evelyn - Parent
6 weeks - 2 years
The children take part in indoor and outdoor play, dance, arts and crafts, language and literacy, and water play. The rooms are set up for the nursery children to explore and interact. There is a focus on sensory experiences for the children in this room, as this is how they learn about the world.
2 - 3 years
This age group enjoys arts and crafts, stories, learning about emotions, culture and community, language and literacy, and lots of outdoor play. There are quiet zones for reading or investigating; and expressive zones where the children can construct, build or enjoy messy play.
3 - 6 years
The focus is on the 5 curriculum areas: social and emotional learning, language and literacy, physically active play, STEM and creative arts. Children enjoy open-ended experiences and loose parts play to extend on their knowledge. The children’s school readiness program sets them up for the next steps in their education.
I believe children are at the heart of everything we do, and we want to encourage each child to be strong, confident and independent beings to give them the best possible start in life.
Chelsea Snowden, Centre Director, Goodstart Early Learning Melbourne Flinders Street.
We have a great team of caring educators who support each other and families. I am very proud to be part of the team at Goodstart Flinders Street!
Ashley - Educator
The centre’s in-house chef prepares the meals and snacks for the children based on menus from Nutrition Australia and is checked by the Healthy Eating Advisory service. The chef uses cooking experiences as an opportunity to teach the children about healthy eating and making good choices.
Children are encouraged to serve their own meals in the dining area and to take turns when serving, which encourages the children to be respectful and to think of others. Children pour their own drinks and after meal time the children help to wash their own dishes to build their independence. Meal times are progressive, so that children can eat when they are ready and sit with their friends.
Some of the children’s favourite meals include Karla’s lasagne and her rice curries. Their favorite snack is Karla’s ANZAC slice and her Weetbix slice. Karla creates some exceptional birthday cakes with the children for their birthdays and this is something they love to do with her. Karla makes cultural days and community events very special in the centre and will provide cooking experiences with the children based on these days. For instance she makes ANZAC cookies on ANZAC day, damper for reconciliation week, and Halloween cookies.
Care for children under school age, on premises especially built or adapted for early childhood education and care services. Private operators, local councils, community organisations, employers and non-profit organisations may run long day care centres.Occasional, Casual or Flexible Care
Occasional, Flexible or Casual Care Services provide short periods of care for children under school age. Families can access Occasional, Flexible or Casual Care on either a regular or casual basis a variety of reasons including, shift or part-time work, respite care, crisis and emergency care, shopping or attending appointments.Pre-school / Kindergarten / Prep
Pre-school is a planned educational program for children in the years before a child commences school. Children are usually aged between 3 and 5 years of age. Pre-school may take place in a range of settings including a purpose built building, in a community setting, a school, as part of a long day care centre or a mobile or visiting service.
In January 2012 the National Quality Framework (NQF) came into effect across Australia.
The purpose of the NQF is to improve and standardise the quality of child care through a range of measures including better staff to child ratios, higher staff qualifications and an assessment and rating system designed to promote continuous improvement.
Under the NQF child care services are assessed and rated against the National Quality Standards (NQS).
The NQS measures the quality of early childhood education and care in Australia. It will cover
most long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten and outside school hours care services.
Under these standards child care services will be assessed and rated against the seven quality areas, 18 standards and 58 elements that make up the NQS.