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Goodstart Early Learning CEO Julia Davison
Julia Davison
21 Ratings
Pros
  • "They also provide great professional development to Educators(in 8 reviews)

  • "Loved the children, some centres are great(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "I have worked at all three centres in Melton and not one offers high quality early learning and it all filters down from management(in 8 reviews)

  • "And that people in office are counted towards ratios(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Huge job with little recognition."

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    Current Employee - Educator in Brisbane
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodstart Early Learning full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Children and families are beautiful

    Cons

    Constantly under huge amounts of pressure. Over ratio a lot of the time. We are given extra tasks ‘expectations’ but have no time given to complete them, considering we are already over ratio you can do them on your own time or be berated... we have little recourses and when orders are done they are at no consultation with staff, consequently we end up with things that are not useful.. multiple bottles of green paint only a blue, red and glitter paint.. no pencils.. no cardboard.. no crayons.. no textas.. If you tell director you need recourses they say no but then later will complain that your room lacks in this area. Children are forced into a yard at 33.4 degrees to let early staff go home and maintain ratio.. they have the choice to go into one classroom with broken aircon.. so they have a choice it’s okay but while maybe some older children could make this choice for their health 2-3 yr old children certainly do not. Staff leaving.. families leaving.. multiple new bookings at no notice or with any support to transition into care setting makes an already hard job harder.. the turn over of staff and families is a reflection of the unsustainable work load on staff. How is it that a not for profit has KPIs? And that people in office are counted towards ratios.. dodgy practices to say the least.. micro management and cutting staff costs at the expense of staff and children’s wellbeing.. goodstart industry leading?

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    Goodstart Early Learning2019-01-25

    Goodstart Early Learning Response

    January 29, 2019Corporate Affairs

    Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We take the issues you’ve raised very seriously, particularly with regards the challenge of workloads and ratios. While we appreciate you may wish to remain anonymous, we are working hard to improve the issues you raise and would be keen to discuss your experience in more detail if you are willing. Please email: people@goodstart.org.au so we can get in touch.

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  2. Helpful (1)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    I have been working at Goodstart Early Learning full-time

    Pros

    Great team a lot of support

    Cons

    Ratios aren't always correct t

    Goodstart Early Learning2018-02-19
  3. Helpful (15)

    "Toxic management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Goodstart Early Learning full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The children and families and friends made with staff who are in the same boat as you.

    Cons

    There are bullies in this company that are promoted and patted on the back by upper management. Many Area Managers that tell you that you’re just a number, that pick on the staff in the rooms while telling directors to short staff the centre to save money. Ratios aren’t adhered to and if you don’t like under roof ratios then you’ll hate working here. It’s all about budgets and the mighty dollar, not the children or staff. I left one year ago and there is only 1 staff member left in the centre I was in. They’ve all left the company in disgust. The staff turn over is huge, and new staff don’t stay as they soon realise that they’ll be expected to bend over backwards and cut corners which is horrifying. There is constant talking behind backs - constant ‘get rid of her’ speak to directors and an upper level managers insult centre staff - ‘don’t use big words to directors when you’re speaking to them as they won’t understand you.’ Insulting, nasty, bullying culture and good staff end up leaving as it’s cruel to see children suffering and crying in corners being ignored and yelled out by stressed out staff. Area Managers will never support you, instead they will point out all the shortcomings and performance manage you out, rather than provide adequate training. But then there’s useless training that you’re expected to attend after hours which could have been an email. No work life balance. But then, this company doesn’t give two hoots about its staff. It’s all about the profit for the top heavy structure.

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    Goodstart Early Learning2017-11-15
  4. Helpful (10)

    "TOXIC, BULLYING CULTURE"

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    Former Employee - Lead Educator in Brisbane
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Goodstart Early Learning part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are none, bar some lovely kids & families.

    Cons

    Cliques, heavy workload, inconsistent treatment of staff, inconsistent everything from Centre to Centre. This place has every con you can think of & then some. Calls to work when you are still unwell & not cleared to work. Incredibly soul destroying & unprofessional when one passes the office & hears a group of woman & 2IC gossiping in that nasty way only a group of "favorite & safe" woman can do. Hard to believe that every Center has different policies (?)., most certainly different procedures. Log on for work early & stay back, but try to get paid for it! Get called in - only to be sent home after 40 mins & a lot of kids away, so sent home - & only paid for that (usually 30 mins due to time increments). Open at one Center then on lunch break drive to another centre (so NO lunch & few $). Given warnings for unfounded accusations (by who?) Why a huge Company (with Head Office having a Manager for every single on-trend area ie: People & Culture, Talent acquisition, & a lot more nonsensical jobs that seem to overlap on top $) with predominantly woman working closely together - where is the Manager for Floor (& the Company's most valuable assets) Staff to workshop regularly in how to support, mentor, encourage & lead by example & some kindness would be gratefully received -rather than gossip then run to their Director (whose so inconsistent with who, what & why & often gossipy herself), many other Educators don't get either. Ive watched with horror as Nursery babies cry for hours but "don't you dare go in & pat. They have to learn from day 1 - they self soothe". Where their is collusion & cover ups & outright lies, how much other dirty laundry is there? This Company makes me physically sick when I think of how myself (& I suspect others) have been mistreated. I have been witness to some shocking treatment of great Educators - all the " old girls" band together. Truth & integrity don't count. Only the exact number of Educators at any given time to cover ratios - then "you can go home now". Lastly - some Centre allow you to take your 10 min breaks, others tell you straight up " we don't do that here" & guilt you if you take your entitlement. What ARE all those millions of Managers doing to bring about some positive change. For Gods sake - working with children should be a gift & joyful - not a nightmare.

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    Goodstart Early Learning2017-08-30

    Goodstart Early Learning Response

    September 6, 2017Corporate Affairs

    Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We take the issues you’ve raised very seriously. While we appreciate you may wish to remain anonymous, if you would like to talk more about it, please call us on 1800 890 933 or email: people@goodstart.org.au

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