Goodstart Early Learning Lara

Kindergartens & Pre-Schools - Lara, VIC

Giving Australia's children the best possible start in life

20 Clover St, Lara VIC 3212

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  1. About Us

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About Us

About Goodstart Early Learning Lara

  • Kindergarten and Preschool programs
  • Long day care plus early learning
  • Qualified and experienced educators
  • We're for children not for profit
  • High quality play-based learning programs
Meet the local team providing a stimulating, safe & nurturing early learning environment ensuring you & your child are comfortable
At Goodstart we understand that raising a child in today's busy world is no easy task. We can help by supporting your child's learning and wellbeing during these important early years. Goodstart offers long day care including Government approved kindergarten and preschool programs. Our centres are open 52 weeks a year to suit the convenience and flexibility that busy families need today.

Visit Our Centres

A centre tour is a great way for you & your child to get a feel for the centre & experience our early learning environment first hand. You will meet the educators, see the rooms & facilities, discuss your expectations with the Centre Director, & ask any questions you may have about the daily routines. We'd love to find your child a place at a Goodstart centre, so please give our Family Support Team a call on 1800222543 to see which centres near you have vacancies & to arrange a free centre tour.

Early Learning

The Goodstart early learning program is flexible, individual and engaging. It is based on the knowledge that children are natural learners, and that each child develops at their own pace. Play based learning allows children to explore, discover, negotiate, take risks, create meaning and solve problems - all the important foundations for developing literacy, numeracy and social skills. It is central to the Australian Government's Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).

Experienced, Qualified Educators

The people who work in our centres are not only qualified, but have a real love of children as well. Our educators and teachers are qualified in early childhood education and have considerable early learning experience. Our kindergarten and preschool teachers have university qualifications.

Products and Services


After Hours Care, Before Hours Care, Holiday Care


Educational, Emergent Program, Holiday, Individual Needs, Literacy, Multicultural, School Readiness, Special Needs




Full Day

Payment Concern

Government Discounts, Government Subsidy


Afternoon Tea, Lunch, Morning Tea


Air Conditioned, Shaded Playground


Accredited, Licensed

Age Group

0 - 12 Months, 1 Yr, 2 Yrs, 3 Yrs, 4 Yrs, 5 Yrs, 5+ Yrs


Australian Owned


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  • Why is early learning important?

    Research shows us that children who start ahead tend to stay ahead. Significant differences in children's development are evident by age two and have a tendency not to close over time. The early years provide the foundation for the rest of a child's life. Children are born ready to learn and the best learning happens in nurturing, positive, stimulating environments. By creating these environments, we're providing the best opportunities for children to fulfil their potential

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

    For those in the sector, the difference is more than just words - 'daycare' or 'childcare' gives the impression that the service we provide is simply 'care'. It's much more than that: it's care plus education. Early learning captures the essence of what Goodstart is all about - nurturing and stimulating environments that inspire a love of learning.

  • What ages does Goodstart cater for?

    Age groups can vary from centre to centre, but generally we cater for children aged from six weeks old to school age. You can find out more about age groups at your local centres by using the 'Find a Centre' tool on our website.

  • Are meals provided at the centre?

    Many centres provide meals, but not all. At many centres we provide morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and sometimes breakfast and a late snack where required. Centres that provide food often have their own cook creating fresh, healthy meals for the children. A nutritious diet is vital for children's development, so we make sure to provide meals that give children all the nutrients and energy they need. We can also cater to children who have special dietary requirements.

  • How do I enrol at a Goodstart Early Learning centre?

    Please call our Family Support Team on 1800 222 543 to enquire about a centre & vacancies. Our Family Support Team will invite you to take a tour of the centre first. The Centre Director at the centre will provide you with an enrolment pack that contains everything you need to know about the centre, early learning programs, and a quote for your daily fees. Once you have enrolled we will organise special orientation visits so you & your child can get to know the educators & children at the centre

  • Can I enrol online?

    We don't offer online enrolment because it's so important for families to see the centre firsthand. A tour is your chance to meet the educators and discuss your needs one-on-one with your Centre Director. They'll then be able to help with your enrolment and settling in your child.

  • How much does it cost to send my child to a Goodstart Early Learning centre?

    Daily fees vary from centre to centre, and for individual families depending on how many days your child is in care, and what room they are in. You may also be eligible for government subsidies that will make a difference to your fees. Talk to your local Centre Director on your tour for a quote or call our Family Support Team on 1800 222 543.

  • What government rebates and benefits are available to families?

    The Australian Government may provide financial assistance towards the cost of your child's care. There are two main subsidies for which you may be eligible. These are the Child Care Rebate (CCR) and the Child Care Benefit (CCB). Speak to Centrelink to find out if you are eligible for either of these subsidies and to what amount.

  • What is the Child Care Benefit (CCB)?

    The CCB is a payment provided by the Australian Government that covers 24-50 hours of childcare per week. There are certain requirements you need to meet to be eligible for CCB. The amount of CCB you receive varies depending on your income, type of care, amount of care, number of children in care, and whether or not you pass the work, training, study test.

  • What is the Child Care Rebate (CCR)?

    The CCR is additional assistance designed to help working families with the cost of childcare. The rebate covers 50 per cent of out-of-pocket expenses not covered by the CCB (up to $7,500 per year per child). In other words, it will help to bridge the gap between your total weekly fees and the amount CCB covers.