Role: Centre Director 
Location: Mackay & Coalfields
 Mackay, Shakespeare Street
Employment Type: Full Time 

Pay: Above Award Wages + Super + Benefits


  • Use your experience in early learning to manage and develop your own centre, guiding the next generation of educators  
  • Competitive pay – 12% above award + childcare discount + salary packaging available 
  • Work for Australia’s largest early learning Not-for-Profit 

Are you an experienced early learning professional who’s ready to take their career to the next level, honing leadership skills and building a successful business?  


This is a rare opportunity due to the current director’s advancement within the organisation.


As part of the Centre Leadership team, you’ll play a pivotal role in supporting and developing the Teachers and Educators in your centre. You’ll form strong relationships with children, families, and communities, and understand the significance of your role in their lives.  


In this role, you will:  

  • Deliver our bespoke learning program developed in collaboration with global leaders in pedagogical practice 
  • Build and encourage a talented team of early learning professionals, sharing your knowledge and contributing to a culture of reflective practice and ongoing improvement 
  • Work with your team to plan for the future of your centre, building the attendance pipeline and maintaining a revenue-generating business  

About Goodstart Mackay, Shakespeare Street


  • Former Church Transformed: Refurbished from a church into a vibrant childcare centre.
  • Convenient Location: Close to town, schools, shops, airport, and residential estates.
  • Passionate Educators: Dedicated educators partnering with families for children's best outcomes.
  • Early Learning Framework: Curriculum aligned with Early Years Learning Framework.
  • Sensory and Play-Based Learning: Opportunities for sensory and play-based learning in all rooms.
  • Individualised Approach: Tailored programs based on each child's needs, interests, and strengths.
  • Cultural Diversity: Embracing diversity and promoting cultural understanding.
  • Strong Communication: Storypark platform and newsletters for open communication with families.
  • Outdoor Play Spaces: Developmentally appropriate play areas emphasising sustainability.
  • Community Engagement: Enriching learning through community events and activities.
  • Holistic Development: Focus on cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth.
  • School Readiness: Preparing children for a smooth transition to school.


What Goodstart can offer you: 

  • We truly value you – that’s why we pay more. At Goodstart, Centre Directors get at least 12% above the award rate 
  • Up to 50% discount off your childcare gap fees and 4 weeks paid parental leave – increasing to 6 weeks from December 2023 
  • Tax benefits through salary packaging – a great way to pay for expenses with money from your salary before tax is taken out 
  • Paid professional development - we offer a range of opportunities to grow your skills and your career  
  • Wellbeing focus - you’ll get two wellbeing days included in your personal leave per year  
  • Additional leave - you’ll have the option to purchase extra leave for even greater work life balance  
  • Retail discounts - you’ll save money on insurance, travel and technology 
  • Uniform allowance and employee referral program 
  • Security and stability - as Australia’s largest provider of early learning and care and a not-for-profit social enterprise, we exist purely to improve the lives of Australia’s children and their families 


You’ll need : 

A Diploma or Bachelor in Early Childhood Education (or working towards) 

Experience with leading and managing change within education, health or community services 

Experience in delivering integrated early childhood services in areas of disadvantage 

Proven commercial acumen with financial and operational performance management 


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. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for all positions.

Have a question? Contact Anita of our Talent Acquisition Team on 1800 222 543 or via email  

Supporting our people and protecting our children 

We’re an equal opportunity employer that is proud of our inclusive and diverse work environment. We know that Goodstarters from diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences strengthen our teams and help us grow. We’re also deeply committed to Reconciliation and creating an environment where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People feel a strong sense of belonging and connection.  


Safety is our priority and we will take any action necessary to ensure that all children can feel safe and be safe, and are safeguarded from abuse, neglect and harm. As a Child Safe Organisation, all of our candidates must have or obtain a valid working with children check. 


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