Headstart Early Learning Centre Croydon

About Us

Here at Headstart Early Learning Centre Croydon, we are not just a childcare centre, but an education facility as well. We are open from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm and provide quality long day care and education for children from birth to six years.

We have purpose built rooms in our small boutique homely service with our low staff turnover, we pride ourselves on our dedicated team of educators whose goal is to provide quality child care at the best possible standard.

Our play areas are bright, open and spacious, designed for a wide variety of activities for the children to participate in. Combined with our Exceeding rating, our services are on track to delivering your child with the best services for education and informative play.

Our play areas have been created so that there are numerous opportunities for imaginative play and learning. We also have large outdoor play areas to inspire the imagination and encourage fit and active lifestyles. For your convenience, we provide breakfast, morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.

Though our Kindyhub app parents can see photos of their child participating in our program throughout the day as well as Daily Reports and Learning stories that link your child’s learning to the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standard. We embrace our belief that working in partnerships with our families helps to build secure and trusted relationships and we welcome family participation and input into our programs. We take great pride in watching as the children learn and grow as individuals and discover the world around them.

We welcome you to contact the centre or drop by at any time to meet the team and learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Headstart Early Learning Centre Croydon has proudly received an Exceeding rating under the National Quality Standards! 

The National Quality Standard encompasses the 7 key quality areas that are important for children’s learning and development.


Our childcare centre proudly offers a kindergarten/preschool program to ensure your child is supported for their transition to school every step of the way. With a focus on language, literacy, numeracy, social skills and more your child will become school ready.

Meet the Centre Manager

Kara Auty

What is your name?

Kara Auty.

How long have you been working in early education?

12 Years.

What is your favourite part of working at the centre?

Everyone is so friendly and supportive.

What qualifications do you hold?

Diploma in Children’s Services.

What are you most passionate about?

My family.

What is your favourite inspirational quote?

‘Be the reason someone smiles today’.

What values are most important to you in your team members?

Honesty, caring nature,  positive attitude and respectful of others.

What is your philosophy about educating children?

Children are their own teachers. They learn best when they are just playing. Children have an amazing outlook on life and I find it inspiring to watch them scaffold their own learning and development.

What makes your team/centre special?

The amazing culture. Our team is dedicated, warm and friendly and the children and families are incredible.

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

A mum.

What message would you like to tell parents considering your centre?

Our friendly educators are always providing the highest quality care for all children and ensuring the environment is just like home. Our centre is one of a kind.



Our centre provides care for the following age groups:

Babies Toddlers Kinders
6 weeks – 2 years 2 years – 3 years 3 years – 5 years


Our service provides the following facilities:

  • Nappies
  • Breakfast
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Other meals – late snack/fruit available
  • Pin number security
  • Sustainability program
  • Veggie garden
  • On-site parking
  • Music program
  • In-house cook
  • Halal meal options
  • Fully air-conditioned
  • Large, natural play environments
  • Water play area (set up in warmer months)
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Government Approved Kindergarten program
  • Small numbers of children in each room
  • Home-like environment
  • Kindyhub – a parent communication app that connects families with their children’s progression, development and daily learning
  • KindyNow – an app related to your child’s bookings within our centre


See what some of our parents say about our centre:

“The Educators are so friendly and the Center is like a warm inviting home. We knew from the first day we walked in, that we would be very comfortable leaving our daughter in such capable hands. I have, and will continue to recommend it to anyone and everyone!”

– Margot


“I recommend this place to everyone. I have 2 boys, one in Kinder and one in Babies room and they love it. My 4 yr old has known the staff since he was 6 months old and they are still there, they are like family to us. The centre is nice and small so the staff know all the kids. Not only are the staff caring and attentive to your needs, us parents get the added benefit of getting photos of our little ones… And the baby room is heaven…”

– Shelley


My 2 boys attend Headstart Croydon and I highly recommend it to anyone who will listen. The environment is clean and the centre is so homely and welcoming. The meals are healthy and all parents have input into what their children eat. The yards are spacious and natural and the children are always so happy and never want to go home. The staff go above and beyond to help and communicate about your child’s day, there are so many dress up days, cultural days and parent information nights that you are always well informed. Keep up the great work!”

– Tiffany


“My kids have been attending this centre… I was a little worried at first but now it has been the best thing to happen… The rooms, toys, food and yards are much better cleaner and safer. And I love ALL the hard work and changes the director has done for this center to be a better place for the kids. Would not recommend a better center”

– Mindy


“Great friendly staff with good environment. Mitch loves his Kindy.”

– Andy


“The centre is warm and caring with fantastic carers, would definitely recommend to anyone!”

– David


“I have complete peace of mind at Headstart. My boy is provided with an engaging, diverse and age appropriate program. This allows him to return ach his full potential. The facilities are excellent and I love how sustainable everything is. Staff are easy to talk to and my boy has a great rapport with them.”

– Emma

Enquire Now

We’d love to welcome you to one of our Headstart Childcare & Early Education centres. If you would like to register your interest in a place at Headstart Early Learning Centre Croydon, please fill out the form below. One of our educators will then be in touch to discuss your needs.

Please note: filling in this form does not guarantee a place. We recommend visiting a centre for a tour and meeting our friendly educators.