Goodstart Early Learning Bathurst is now considered one of the best childcare centres in Australia.
The centre has received the highest possible industry rating under the National Quality Framework, an 'Excellent' rating from the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
This rating is only held by about 40 out of the 16,000 long day care, out of hours care, family day care and kindergarten/preschools operating in Australia.
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Goodstart Bathurst centre director Emma Kentwell said it was a huge achievement for her team and the award was the result of hard work and dedication."
"The team are incredibly excited by this. It's a measure of their passion and dedication and reflects the effort they make every day in delivering the best possible early learning experience for our children and families," she said.
Goodstart Bathurst was acknowledged specifically for collaborative community partnerships, a commitment to culture and diversity, and creating environments that enhance learning and growth.
ACECQA has listed the centre's partnership with the Bathurst Local Aboriginal Land Council (BLALC) as an example of its "exceptional practice".
The rating will be valid until October 26, 2023.