Frequently Asked Questions

About the purchase of Mission Australia Early Learning by Goodstart Early Learning

Goodstart Early Learning purchased the 19 Long Day Care services and four Queensland Kindergarten services operated by Mission Australia Early Learning.

Goodstart and Mission Australia Early Learning have a long history of working together and share a commitment to children’s learning, development and wellbeing. The transition to Goodstart ensures high quality services continue for children, educators and families.

Mission Australia Early Learning centres will be part of the Goodstart network from the 16 September 2019, with centre operating hours, fees, educators and early learning programs continuing as usual.

Our Educators

Mission Australia Early Learning values educators who are committed to the highest quality education and care for children. The planning of our programs for the education and care of children attending Mission Australia Early Learning is based on the principles and practices of the National Early Years Learning Framework. These are centred on the values of:

  • secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships
  • partnerships
  • high expectations and equity
  • respect for diversity and ongoing learning and reflective practices

Our educators embrace all aspects of the Framework and work together with families to construct curriculum by engaging families in planning and assessment, transitions and ongoing two-way sharing of information. Our programs value working in partnership with families and this reflects the critical importance of children’s belonging, their attachment within the family and acknowledging the diversity of family life.

Educators engage in quality interactions  with children that are meaningful and extend children’s interests and learning. Through play based, open ended experiences; children are empowered to enjoy the best possible start in education and achieve positive outcomes. We have developed a new curriculum that focuses on the importance of children learning in a natural environment and giving them a great start to their learning that sets them up for life.

What to bring

Children should wear clothes that  they are comfortable in and that do not restrict their ability to play and participate in activities at the centre.

Try to make clothing appropriate for the weather conditions forecast for the day (including a hat); packing a change of clothes and a spare jumper in winter is highly recommended. It’s also good to remember that when children come home messy, it means they’ve explored and learnt during their day – they don’t mean to make clothes dirty on purpose.

How you can help your child settle into childcare

  1. Prepare them in advance by talking positively about child care – what they are going to take and what they are going to do. If you are positive and enthusiastic, this will have positive effects on your child. Please discuss visits and orientation with the Centre Manager. Centre visits help children begin to feel comfortable in the new surrounds.
  2. When it’s time to leave – leave quickly. By all means stay with your child for as long as you want, but once you prepare to leave, say goodbye and go. Even when a child knows about “coming back”, the moment of parting can still be sad.
  3. Always say goodbye. Even if your child is distressed, to slip away breaks down trust. If your child is crying or clings, prolonging the goodbye will only make it harder for yourself and your child.
  4. Use regular set phrases for when it’s time to go. For example, “Mummy/daddy is going now. I will be back after rest time.”
  5. If your children show fear, accept that fear. It may not seem reasonable to you, but you are not the one who is feeling it. Please ensure that you acknowledge their sadness, but reassure them they will be fine and confirm when you will return.

TIP:

If you have any concerns about settling your child into the Centre please do not hesitate to talk to the Centre Manager and educators.

We have many strategies we can work through with you. Call the centre at any time during the day to discuss your child’s day. The educators will document in writing and by photos of your child’s first day. 

Why is early learning important?

Considerable research demonstrates that children who start ahead tend to stay ahead. Significant differences in children's development become evident by the age of two and these differences rarely close over time. The education experienced during these early years until 5 provide the most important foundation for the rest of a child's life.

What is the difference between 'daycare', 'childcare' and 'early learning'?

For those in the profession, it is more than just words – 'daycare' or 'childcare' gives the impression that the service we provide is simply a form of ‘babysitting'. It's much more than that: it is care underpinned by education. Early learning captures the essence of what Mission Australia Early Learning is all about – trust, security, support and growth in an environment that promotes a lifelong love of learning. Read more about Our Approach

Preschool programs and Transition to school

All Mission Australia Early Learning long day care centres offer preschool programs in the long day care setting. This gives families maximum flexibility – whether you’re working or studying – as well as peace of mind to know that your child is experiencing a high quality preschool program and preparing to transition to school.

How is the waitlist managed?

There are a number of ways we balance the needs of families looking for care.  

In the first instance, we are obligated to give the highest priority to children who are identified as being at risk. Then we are obliged to prioritise working families over non-working families. These requirements are stipulated and enforced by the Department of Education and apply to all approved child care providers.

From here, we offer current families (currently enrolled children and siblings of current families) first access to additional days and then use the date we received your enquiry to order the waitlist. To ensure you have the best chance of getting into a Mission Australia Early Learning centre, contact us today.

How do I enrol?

Simply Contact us – Phone, via our online contact form, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or come directly into one of our services. We’ll ask you some questions about you, your family and your child. Details such as the type of care you’re after, the number of days per week, what’s important to you in your child’s early education, and many more. This gives us the information we need to ensure the education and care we offer is tailored to suit you and your child’s needs.