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. 


Early learning is one of the most rewarding careers of all. Early learning professionals have the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of children, inspiring a love of learning that will help them reach their full potential. Goodstart is looking for talented and dedicated early learning professionals to help realise our vision for all Australia's children to have the best possible start in life. Be a part of Australia's largest long day care provider and make a big difference to the life of a child.

Respected learning

Our vision is to be the educational institute of choice for professional early childhood educators working within Goodstart Early Learning. We want to inspire a love of life-long learning in our students, and nurture their passion for giving children the best possible start in life.

The early learning sector has changed dramatically in recent times. There is now a greater emphasis on the quality of education and care in the early learning environment. The Goodstart Institute of Early Learning is ready to meet this challenge and equip students to lead activities that inspire children and help them learn and develop.
Our Certificate III and Diploma qualifications reflect the requirements and expectations of the sector, and the most up-to-date and respected research. Our courses are aligned with the National Quality Framework (NQF) and Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), and are structured to support our students’ diverse backgrounds, education and learning preferences.
Our students not only benefit from high-quality, hands-on learning, but have the opportunity to further their careers through the relationships we’ve built with universities, and through career development pathways with Goodstart Early Learning.

A focus on continuous improvement

The Goodstart Institute of Early Learning Reference Committee has been established with membership from key early childhood and/or vocational education and training experts from across Australia. The Reference Committee comes together quarterly to share ideas and professional expertise providing advice and feedback on academic qualifications, and programs and validation activities. These gatherings also provide opportunity for robust discussion, question, debate and action that promotes and leads change. As early childhood and vocational education leaders our endeavour is to have a wider influence within the profession, promoting improved practice, resulting in better outcomes for children and adult learners.

Did you know?

Children who do not attend preschool are 50 per cent more likely to start school with a developmental vulnerability, according to the Australian Educational Development Index assessment.