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Role:  Centre Director                                

Centre:  Goodstart Gunnedah

Employment Type:  Full time, permanent position  



At Goodstart, we’re all about laying the foundation for better lives through amazing early learning experiences, and we know that we can’t do that without great people! 

From our centre directors to centre teams, we work together to make a real difference for children in those crucial early years. 


Safety, health and wellbeing are more than just words to us, they are a personal commitment and a promise we make to our children, our families and each other every day. 


We’re Goodstart – a not-for-profit with a vision for Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life! 


Your Impact!


As the Centre Director at Goodstart Gunnedah you will use your experience and leadership qualities to engage and motivate your centre team to drive continuous improvement in all aspects across centre operation and to extend your network of relationships with children, families, and educators. You will work in collaboration with your centre leadership team .  


You will establish respectful and reciprocal relationships with families and engage in networks within the centre’s local community. 

The Centre:

Goodstart Early Learning Gunnedah is a 66 place centre with four rooms including nursery, toddler, junior preschool and preschool. Our centre is located in the midst of the traditional lands of the Kamilaroi People, surrounded by agricultural and mining industries, yet with the convenience of being close to main roads, schools and shops.

Our educators are passionate and committed to assisting our children to develop a love of learning through the opportunities they are given. We are very proud of the relationships that we have with our families which provides the basis for successful partnerships and outcomes for children.


  • This position is a full-time permanent role – 40 hours a week with an optional RDO (ECT only)
  • Established centre, open from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday
  • Onsite parking available and local public transport links
  • Gunnedah is located in a rich farming community and is home to Agquip, the largest agricultural field day event IN NSW
  • Gunnedah is also the childhood home of Dorothea McKellar who wrote the famous poem “My County”
  • Gunnedah is located approximately 50 minutes from Tamworth, a large regional centre and home to the famous Country Music Festival
  • Relocation costs will be considered


You’ll help achieve this by:   


  • Hold a Bachelor of Early Childhood or equivalent qualification (ACECQA approved)
  • Having strong communication skills, both written and verbal 
  • Having a passion and willingness to learn
  • Having strong working knowledge of all areas of the National Quality Framework 
  • Having commitment to safety and high standard of work output
  • Having the desire to motive and encourage your fellow educators and those who may resist change
  • Having the availability to work a rotating roster


 What Goodstart can offer you 


There are so many reasons to join the Goodstart family. Let’s start with the benefits! 

  • Paid professional development - we offer a range of opportunities to grow your skills and your career 
  • Competitive pay you’ll get paid on par with state primary school Teachers (if you hold your Bachelor in Early Childhood Education and Care or equivalent)  
  • Wellbeing focus - you’ll get two extra days off per year, and our dedicated wellbeing program will ensure you get the support you need, when you need it most 
  • Additional leave - you’ll have the option to purchase extra leave for even greater work life balance  
  • 4 weeks paid parental leave – increasing to 6 weeks from December 2023 
  • Retail and childcare discounts - you’ll save money on insurance, travel and technology, and get 50% discount off your childcare gap fees 


You’ll also love: 

  • Centre support - dedicated support and guidance on a range of topics, such as safety, teaching and inclusion, delivered face to face or virtually by our centre support team  
  • Security and stability - with over 670 centres across Australia, you’ll have the support of a large network and the stability of a respected organisation 



How to apply 


· Click ‘Apply Now’ and submit your application. 


We review applications as they are submitted. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible for your best chance to progress to the next stage of the process. 


Supporting our people and protecting our children 

We are an equal opportunity employer that is proud of our inclusive and diverse work environment. We support and encourage individual growth and strong teams that are made up of many different cultures and backgrounds. 

We are deeply committed to reconciliation and creating an environment where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People feel connected and a strong sense of belonging. By weaving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives through all that we do, we aim to build knowledge and a deeper understanding of our First Nations People and culture for all in our team. 




*rural location - agriculture rich location 
*home to Dorothea McKellar - famous poet who wrote the poem 'My Country' - the rich agricultural location provided the inspiration for this poem 
*access to local schools, parks and sporting facilities 
*cheap living 
*located approximately 50 mins from Tamworth, a major regional centre and home to the famous Tamworth Country Music Festival 
*Silo art 
*Close driving distance to National Parks and recreational areas 

Relocation costs will be considered. 

Posting Notes: GUNNEDAH || NSW || Australia (AU) || [[j2wDept]] || SF:LI || Bachelor (ECT) 3yr || Full-Time

Job Segment: Manager, Management

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