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The Exceeding Rating certainly reflects this centre. There are a wide range of learning experiences from excursions, STEM, growing plants, worm farming, science experiments , sustainability, art, cooking. All the educators and staff at St Leonards Christie Street are fantastic - friendly, professional and always approachable.
Wei Ching - Parent
My child comes home everyday happy with new words and learning. He loves going to Goodstart St Leonards and I love how fun everyday is made for him.
Sarah H- Parent
I have a 4 and 2-year-old that have been at this centre for the last 3 years. My children love attending this centre, they are so happy and have a fantastic bond with their educators. The preschool room teacher Kathleen is a qualified school teacher and has been in the centre for a long time and is outstanding. The second staff member in preschool is fairly new and is a lovely new addition to the centre. I am so fortunate that the same educator Nidhi that took care of my little girl in the baby room is now taking care of my son in the toddlers’ room. Other staff in the toddlers' room Keith and Jayanti are both amazing as well. This continuation in primary care for my family has been great, all educators in both preschool and toddler rooms are exceptional. The centre has a lovely new director Marlene. She is very attentive, supportive and always has time for families. This centre gets a thumbs up from me. It’s an extension of my family and my home.
Goodstart St Leonards has been amazing since day one! We are first time parents and when we started to look for daycare it was such an overwhelming task. That was until we found the team at St Leonard's. Goodstart is homely, colourful, organised and everyone seemed to have a smile. The team was amazing at putting our minds at ease and never made us feel ‘silly’ for asking lots of first-time parent questions.
Victoria - Parent
All the educators are lovely and friendly. My child spent over a year with her key educator and they developed a very strong bond. She still talks about all the educators in nursery.
Emil - Parent
During COVID the entire team led by the wonderful Marlene demonstrated resilience on a daily basis. Nothing teaches our children more effectively than the people around them modelling positive attributes on a daily basis. They always stayed positive and optimistic. In the face of fear they demonstrated the importance of educating our children how they could make a difference and how we have a responsibility to take care of those around us.
Aofie - Parent
Marlene is always very friendly and very responsive to any query or any feedback. My son enjoys and feels love in this day care, so much warmth. Thank you for giving this experience and lovely environment for kids to grow and play.
Mansi - Parent
Our vision is for Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life and our purpose is to ensure children have the learning, development and wellbeing outcomes they need for school and life.
Our Goodstarters are what set us apart - they are guided by our principles and inspired to set new benchmarks for a child's learning and development in the years that count most - the first five years.
- Goodstart team
The children at Goodstart St Leonards - Christie Street have access to a diverse range of programs, tailored to their individual needs and interests. In the preschool, the children do regular yoga, while the nursery children participate in singing and sensory activities.
The educators offer cooking experiences, often linked to the celebration of cultural events. Through the vegetable garden and worm farm, the children also learn about the importance of sustainability and caring for the environment.
Community involvement is also an important element of the centre program. In addition to regular community walks, the children draw pictures and write messages that are delivered to local hospital staff. These programs are called “Basket of Love” and “Words of Kindness”.
Aligned to the Early Years Learning Framework, the educators provide a mix of activities and programs through the curriculum. With a focus on all round development, the educators create an inclusive and supportive environment for the children to grow and learn.
The preschool curriculum also incorporates a specialised school readiness program so the children can step into primary school with confidence and excitement.
I am a passionate, driven, dedicated and energetic early childhood teacher. I believe supporting children in their growth, and wellbeing help them reach their optimum development and full potential. Providing children a safe, engaging and purposeful environment is something I always strive to do.
Madeleine Sanchez, Goodstart St Leonards - Christie Street, Centre Director
A full-time cook prepares nutritious meals for the children everyday, including morning tea, a hot lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack. The menu can easily be tailored to accommodate dietary and cultural needs or allergies.
Goodstart St Leonards - Christie Street is also involved in the NSW Health Munch and Move program. This provides the children with foundational movement skills to help them develop a healthy and active lifestyle.
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.