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. 

Careers

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.

What's On Offer

We’re part of Australia’s largest provider of early learning and care, the not-for-profit Goodstart Early Learning. But we don’t just offer learning opportunities to Goodstart employees—anyone who is passionate about working with children is welcome to study with the Institute.

At the Institute, you’ll have ample opportunity to put theory into practice through work placements and on-the-job learning at Goodstart’s 640 centres across Australia. This means you’ll be ready and confident to enter the early learning workforce with your nationally-recognised qualification.
 
While a student with the Institute, you’ll benefit from the support of your own Professional Learning Consultant, and our Student Services Team. We’re also introducing new methods of learning to make it easier for all students to receive the quality education you deserve.
 
We want our graduates to achieve qualifications that are the highest quality. That means ensuring the learning is relevant, well regarded within the early learning and adult education sectors, and informed by the latest research.
 
In addition, if you’re a Goodstart employee, you’ll be able to take advantage of our employer-funded study scheme, meaning you can work and learn with the support of our organisation.
 

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Courses

Career opportunities

  • Early childhood educator
  • Family Day Care worker
  • Nanny
  • Out of School Hours Care Assistant
  • Recreation Assistant

What you'll need to apply

If you have no existing qualifications, you do not currently work for Goodstart Early Learning, and you live in Tasmania, you could be eligible for our pre-employment program. 

How long you'll study for

The program will be delivered over four 10-week terms, during which you will engage in 222 hours of work placement and at least 456 hour of classroom-based training. The work placement component comprises of seven hours per week or practical experience at a Goodstart Early Learning Centre.

What you'll learn

The Certificate III of Early Childhood Education and Care is the minimum qualification required to be held by all educators working within the early childhood education and care profession.
 
Students are introduced to the skills and knowledge required by educators to support children’s learning, development and wellbeing. Additionally, students will gain an understand of the laws and regulations that govern early childhood services and understand their responsibilities for assisting the implementation of the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Law, and Education and Care Services National Regulations, as well as the standards set within the National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care and School Age Care (National Quality Standard).
 
The early years of a person’s life are the most important, with experiences and opportunities had in these years contributing to a person’s future life course. Students completing the Certificate III of Early Childhood Education and Care through Goodstart Institute of Early Learning are provided rich learning opportunities and support to gain the knowledge, skills and awareness and understanding of responsibilities of the role of educators needed to work successfully with children.

When you can study

We have three intakes on offer in 2015, and places are strictly limited.
  • 11 May 2015 (Hobart)
  • 20 July 2015 (Launceston)
  • 12 October 2015 (Hobart)

How much will it cost?

There are no fees involved for eligible students wishing to participate in the pre-employment program. Goodstart Institute of Early Learning was granted Career Start funding by Skills Tasmania, Department of State Growth to deliver the Certificate III program in the state.  Eligibility criteria does apply, contact the Institute to see if you are eligible.

How do I apply?

Contact The Institute to determine if you are eligible for this program, and to find out more about the application process.
 

Career opportunities

  • Early Childhood Educator (Children's Services)
  • Family Day Care worker (Children's Services)
  • Nanny (Children's Services)
  • Out of School Hours Care Assistant (Children's Services)
  • Recreation Assistant (Children's Services)
 

What you'll need to apply

Level 3 across all five Australian Core Skills Framework areas. Click here to find out more.

How long you'll study for

 

Traineeship & Apprenticeship

12 months to 2 years, depending on employment status.  

Traineeship information

External to Goodstart

Complete your course within two years.

Program Outline

What you'll learn

The Certificate III of Early Childhood Education and Care is part of the CHC Community Services Package, endorsed in June 2013. The Certificate III qualification is the minimum qualification required to be held by all educators working within the early childhood education and care profession.
 
Students are introduced to the skills and knowledge required by educators to support children’s learning, development and wellbeing. Additionally, students will gain an understand of the laws and regulations that govern early childhood services and understand their responsibilities for assisting the implementation of the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Law, and Education and Care Services National Regulations, as well as the standards set within the National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care and School Age Care (National Quality Standard). 
 
Students completing the Certificate III of Early Childhood Education and Care through The Goodstart Institute of Early Learning are provided rich learning opportunities and support to gain the knowledge, skills and awareness and understanding of responsibilities of the role of educator needed to work successfully with children. 

Qualification Outline

When you can study

The Institute has several enrolment periods (cohorts) throughout the year.


How much will it cost?

Eligible Goodstart employees can study the Certificate III qualification at no cost (terms and conditions apply). For non-Goodstart employees, you can view the Fee Schedule here.

Career opportunities

  • Authorised Supervisor (Children's Services)
  • Centre Manager (Children's Services)
  • Childhood Educator (Children's Services)
  • Program Leader (Children's Services)
  • Group/Room Coordinator/Leader (Children's Services)
  • Centre Director (Children's Services)

What you'll need to apply

Level 3 across all five Australian Core Skills Framework areas. Click here to find out more.

How long you'll study for

Apprenticeship

Two to four years (up to six years in Queensland and Victoria) depending on employment status.

Apprenticeship information

 

External to Goodstart

Complete your course within two years.

 
Program Outline

What you'll learn

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care offered by The Goodstart Institute of Early Learning has been developed by national experts from various fields ensuring students have the best opportunity to develop exemplary knowledge and skills to prepare them for today’s early childhood profession.

The Diploma program is underpinned by contemporary research, with a strong emphasis on children’s rights as declared by the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, and on the thinking and ideas extended to us from the principles of the Infant and Toddler Centres and Schools from Reggio Emilia, Italy. The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification respects and values the importance of strong partnerships with families and communities to ensure children thrive, and the importance of pedagogical leadership. This qualification prepares students for success and professional fulfilment.


Qualification Outline

When you can study

The Institute has several enrolment periods (cohorts) throughout the year.


How much will it cost?

Eligible Goodstart employees can study the Diploma qualification at no cost (terms and conditions apply). For non-Goodstart employees, you can view the Fee Schedule here.

Who should apply

This program is for anyone in a centre who is responsible for preparing and serving food. Candidates who complete this program will be able to serve and prepare food in a safe and hygienic manner, plan meals within dietary guidelines, as well as implement and monitor food safe practices in the workplace.

On completion of the program, students will receive a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment for the following units of competency:
 

  • HLTFS207C Follow basic food safety procedures
  • HLTFS309C Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace
  • HLTFS310C Apply and monitor food safety requirements

When you can study

The Institute has several enrolment periods (cohorts) throughout the year.


How much will it cost?

The Food Handlers’ Program is free for Goodstart employees (terms and conditions apply). For non-Goodstart employees, the course is $155 (excl GST).
 

Who should apply

The Institute offers study options for students who wish to study single units of competency from the Certificate III and Diploma qualifications. If you wish to study a unit of competency for licencing purposes (eg, mandatory reporting), please contact The Institute.

How are the units delivered?

The units will be delivered to each candidate either via email and web download, or via post. Candidates are asked to select their preference when they complete the enrolment application.

When can I start studying?

Unlike the Certificate III, Diploma and Food Handlers’ Program courses, you can study a single unit of competency at any time. Once the application has been received by the Institute, please allow two weeks for processing. You will be notified once a commencement date has been determined.

How much will it cost?

If you’re a Goodstart employee, then you won’t pay a thing (although terms and conditions apply)! If you are not a Goodstart employee, you will need to pay a fee of $155 (excl GST) per unit. (Please note, all educational fees are GST exempt.)