GoodStart Early Learning
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ProsVery understanding team, friendly and welcoming environmentConsThe location is hard to reach with public transportStill limited in terms of resources
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Good benefit

Great benefit love the teamcture l. Lovely to be part of the team. Good envrionment. I like it.Lots of different centres to choose. Great work culture
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Terrible place to work a company that only cares about making money they over work their staff

Most stressful toxic place I've ever workedWorkload is way over what is achievable in working hoursConstant paper work box ticking and forms to fill in for everything never mind about spending actual time with the children that you are responsible for they don't matter to this company Children are just numbers in which to make money
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Great benefits and security. An organisation that does good.

Positive, supportive work team culture with amazing benefits like childcare discount and salary sacrificing. Secure (large organisation) that does good for all Australian families.
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Was alright

Large company, they are all different, really depends on the individual management. Above award pay, online learning and annual uniform budget. Would work there again
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Hard job with minimal pay

Its a challenging job with minimal pay. I had a terrible director who expected everyone else to do their job. I go no time to do anything off the floor including development, study, programming etc. But it was still expected of you
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It was OK

In general, it was an ok workplace. I had two directors while I was there. One was great, other was had other priorities in her life and didn’t have enough time for the team.
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They care for educators and children

They provide plenty of resources and time to do paper work, programming is done out of the floor. Team work was noticed and they help to teach you and we learn from our senior educators.


Free lunch, first Aid training under their expenses lot of training.


Some centres are small in size
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Although a reputable organisation, management are not transparent to staff at the front line.

Money does talk regarding pressures to perform-and unfortunately it really can be a who you know and flavour of the month kind of selection process for advancements.


Colleagues and online in-house professional learning are amazing!


Not transparent can have hidden agendas and favouritism.
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Great management

Very good management, helped you with personal issues also and gave sufficient time off Great pay and benefits On-site parking and vending machines, that were very cheap and food vans
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Bullying and Toxicity from Management

In my 12 years as an educator they have managed to make me want to quit. Management claims to be inclusive and understanding but they don't care about employee well-being.
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Great place to fluff just good all around

All aspects of the organisation outside of the pay is terrific. I have never felt more supported or encouraged then I do with the team I currently work with.


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Pay & Salary
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Changes are not always good.

Before the internal structural change, all the employees were looked after very well. Managers know and greet all staff individually recognising by names. Now it is just a number and always hunting for external experienced talent and not promoting growth within the organisation. Exceptional families and great culture within the centres. Things will change for better when staff are not considered just as a number.
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Big organisation

It's a big organisation across Australia. Plenty of shifts and a lot of online training resources. Able to be transfer from permanent to casual as your circumstances change.
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Supportive boss, good company overall

Goodstart is overall a good compant, I enjoy the people I work around and my boss is super supportive in getting me the right training and help. Definitely if your a trainee good start is a great childcare to kickstart your career with.
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Stressful workplace

-Strange work culture:-A lot of large personalities that demand attention rather than the kids getting the attention -Seemed to rely on who you know, not what you know-No budget ever-No ISS with multiple children with severe additional needs, never received ISS-Left me wanting to leave the sector entirely


Not sure


Extremely stressful while being told its not stressful, management sitting in an office chatting about the weekend too busy to help, ISS not applied for?
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Working for Goodstart Early Learning as a Company

For starters not necessarily just this company alone, there’s so much that needs to be improved on with the NQF and how its implemented. This is with most goodstart centres, this company even though its nation wide should have allowed more for centres budget. Maintenance and supplies, especially curriculum related supplies weren’t at all priority. The company is so focused on building new centres they forget to look after the existing ones and to upgrade them (such as Madora Bay), which they desperately need to do.Educators had to buy their own supplies constantly so they could implement the curriculum they legally have to implement, which you don’t get paid enough to do anyway.It’s true when they say trauma builds a strong team because the only plus side was my co workers felt like family.


Great work family/ amazing memories


Goodstart Early Learning Company/child care
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It’s okay-ish

I work casual, so pro’s of that is more money, flexibility and less paperwork. But honestly the whole job in general is mundane and boring. Gets very intense with some groups of children and is very exhausting. Overall I have had a lot of fun at centres. But some people are very abusive and unprofessional, management does their best to sort it out but overall you don’t feel valued or respected. I’m sure that’s like with any job. Been with goodstart for 8 years. Thinking of leaving soon enough.. we’ll see.
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Don’t Bother

Never in a million years would I take $100000 to work at goodstart again. Management don’t listen to concerns especially when their friends are the ones causing the issues within the centre. However I get in trouble for interacting with my own friends who I made while working at Goodstart outside of working hours. No amount of therapy will fix the trauma I have.
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Room for career progression. Employee intranet great for always finding answers to your questions. Great staff incentives. Lots of higher management roles that seem excessive. Eg. two or more roles for jobs that could easily be the work of one person.


Staff discounts and benefits.


No support from company in cases of accusations or trauma.
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for me personally it was Horrible

i personally found good start early learning at Rowville Liberty Avenue petty horrible. the reasons why i find it pretty horrible is because for me it felt this centre only cares about money.
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Based on 390 reviews

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3.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.4 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.4 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.4 out of 5 stars for Culture

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