About Goodstart Early Learning

Goodstart Early Learning is Australia's largest long day care provider, with over 640 centres across the country. Our 13,000 employees care for and education more than 73,000 children from 61,000 families every year. Goodstart is a not-for-profit organisation, with a vision for Australia's children to have the best possible start in life. 

Smart and Skilled

Goodstart Institute of Early Learning is an Approved Provider of Smart and Skilled Funding, issued by the New South Wales State Government.  The information provided on this webpage is to inform future students of the Smart and Skilled subsidised training available, and the eligibility requirements for students, allowing potential students to make an informed decision about their training options.

About Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It's helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.

From 2016, all students, regardless of the level of any previous qualifications held, are able to access subsidised Smart and Skilled training up to Certificate III level. This means that even if you have a higher level qualification you may still be eligible to re-train to enter (or re-enter) the workforce.

You can also enrol in subsidised training at Certificate IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma level, depending on the availability of funding for these courses.

If you're a prospective student, the Smart and Skilled website tells you everything you need to know about Smart and Skilled before you apply.

You can determine your eligibility for Smart and Skilled training in the Eligibility Checker and get an estimate of your course fee, in the Course Finder.

State Training Services, in the NSW Department of Industry, is responsible for Smart and Skilled and leads policy, planning, funding, regulation and advice on VET and employment in NSW.

Approved Qualifications

Goodstart Institute of Early Learning is approved to deliver the following qualifications with subsidised training fees under the NSW State Government’s Smart and Skilled Program.

How to apply

Before you can apply for enrolment in a Smart and Skilled qualification all prospective students must read the Pre-Enrolment Guide for Smart and Skilled Qualifications, located below.  This guide contains important information for prospective students regarding the obligations of the Smart and Skilled Provider (Goodstart Institute of Early Learning), and the responsibilities of the Student.  This document also outlines the application process and how to request a Smart and Skilled Enrolment Application Pack.

Smart and Skilled Pre-enrolment Guide

Further Information & Questions

If you have any questions or if you would like to discuss your eligibility for Smart and Skilled subsidised training please contact Student Services on 1800 614 455 or via email to goodstart@goodstart.edu.au