Goodstart Early Learning was founded on a vision of giving children the best possible start in life through access to quality early learning. They are entirely Australian owned and not-for profit with every dollar spent directed towards helping children reach their full potential. Everything they do is about contributing to a better outlook for Australia’s children and a happier, more prosperous society. Goodstart pride themselves on a being an inclusive organisation and ensure all their centres have a great sense of culture and diversity. This commitment to inclusion follows into their recruitment.
Located near the north western beaches of Adelaide is Goodstart’s Semaphore South Centre. This centre offers services from nursery up to kindergarten, with learning programs planned to reflect individual learning needs and interests. Amongst their staff is Barkuma job seeker Domenica. Sonia Fechner, Centre Director says “Barkuma initially approached us about the possibility of Dom doing some volunteer work with us at the centre. From there it became a natural progression to join our team.” Sonia could see Domenica’s potential whilst volunteering and offered her a traineeship with the organisation.
Julia Gregory, Trainer & Assessor for the Goodstart Institute of Early Learning is supporting Domenica through her traineeship which includes studying a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care. “Dom is eager to learn and work with children. She is already an asset in the centre” Julia says. “Through Barkuma’s model of support Dom has been able to build on her understandings to enable her to feel confident and capable in the workplace. She has many supports built in to her role, which will enable her to achieve success.”
Domenica has already immersed herself in the Goodstart culture and with Barkuma’s support is achieving a lot in her traineeship. Sonia, Centre Director says “Domenica is a valued member of our team and is building some really good friendships with her co-workers. The support from Barkuma is always there, whether it be a question over the phone or a visit, they have been a great support for Dom and all of us in ensuring the success of the traineeship.”
To anyone considering employing a person with disability Julia, Trainer & Assessor says “The level of support you will be provided from Barkuma ensures that you are supported in your role and that the new employee, in a traineeship or otherwise, is given the tools that they need to achieve.”
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