Goodstart goes in to bat for Australia’s volunteer firefighters, offering free care

by Freya Lucas

January 09, 2020

Goodstart Early Learning CEO Julia Davison has circulated a message to the broader Goodstart network, indicating the intention of the provider to offer “special support to the nation’s active volunteer firefighters”.


“From today any volunteer firefighters who live or work in the local community and are actively fighting the current bushfires can be offered free access to our centres for their children,” the message said. 


Offers of free care, Ms Davison said, can be made to any active volunteer firefighter (anyone who has been deployed in active fire-fighting or support work such as back-burning, during the current bushfire emergency anywhere across the nation).


The offer applies to current, casual or new families and is offered for up to six weeks of free care for the child or children of active volunteer firefighters, and must be used by 29 February 2020. 


Families do not need to be currently using Goodstart centres to qualify.


“Many Goodstarters are seeking ways to provide additional support to their local communities at this very difficult time. We hope to use this arrangement to offer much deserved support to volunteer firefighters in the area,” Ms Davison concluded. 

Those interested in using the Goodstart offer should approach their local centre directly. For general enquiries, Goodstart may be contacted here.