"After 25 years in childcare, I still find myself learning something new each day."
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Guardian Childcare & Education Forrest is one of 6 incredible Guardian centres in the ACT. A true home-away-from-home, the Centre boasts exciting, resource-rich environments for children to explore and learn about the world around them through play-based experiences.
The modern facilities include an art studio, library, shaded outdoor areas thanks to beautiful established trees, a water pump, a creek bed, a fort, and herb and vegetable gardens from which the children often harvest goodies for our on-site cook.
The children at Guardian Forrest enjoy four nutritionally balanced meals cooked on-site by our dedicated cook, every day, as well as regular hand-on cooking classes that help extend our nutrition and wellbeing focus. Children can also enjoy their meals in the dedicated piazza while socialising with their friends and teachers.
The teachers and educators at Guardian Forrest provide wonderful learning programs for the children, including a leading Preschool Program led by university-qualified teachers who will help prepare your child for the exciting transition to school when the time is right.
We get out and about on regular excursions from the Centre, so we have a great connection with the surrounding community. We walk to various locations including local parks and our local café, Brew & Brew, where we often enjoy a wholesome afternoon tea!
We are proud to have a culturally diverse team at Guardian Forrest and celebrate a variety of cultures and holidays throughout the year. The community-minded team also organise a range of social and informative parent evenings, and at Guardian Forrest, we love a good sing-a-long…
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With endless possibilities, there’s never a dull moment at Guardian and no two days are the same. Here’s what a day at Guardian might look like. Please note, this will vary depending on centre opening hours.
Handover time with children, families and our friendly Educators. There’s a chance to share what’s important for the day and any news from home.
Breakfast time where families stay and enjoy breakfast with the children.
An opportunity to play and discover with open-plan play in family groups and multi-age groupings.
Planned experiences. This is where the Guardian difference comes to life. Alongside our Educators your child’s exploration leads to learnings in numeracy, literacy, language, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, social skills, technology, creative arts and much more.
An opportunity for children to come together for a healthy snack, often they help prepare their food alongside our carers and cook.
Individually tailored to your child’s needs and curiosity the planned experiences continue, this includes both indoor and outdoor programs.
Another nutritious meal expertly prepared by our cook. Families are invited to join the children for meals and excursions if they wish.
If your child wants to, or needs to sleep, it’s time to rest and recharge. For children who don’t need to rest the planned experiences continue, in most cases outdoors.
Another chance for the children to come together and re-fuel in small groups or with siblings. There is also an opportunity to rest or play together and reflect on the day.
As you arrive to pick up your child, there’s a chance to speak with our Educators and share news about the day. Our Storypark App also allows you to stay in touch 24/7 wherever you are.
End of day
Your child is encouraged to grab a light snack before they leave the centre. We’re mindful of how routines vary, throughout the day if we notice your child looking tired food will be provided.
Open 8:00am to 6:00pm
Monday to Friday
|Age Group||Daily Fee|
|6 Weeks to 6 Years||$138.50*|
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Our team of Educators are committed and passionate about ensuring your child will be safe, nurtured and cared for every day. At Guardian, children are encouraged to engage in interest-led play that creates learning and meaningful experiences.
Our Educators seek to optimise diverse learning opportunities and implement the Curriculum as framed by the Early Years Learning Framework.
All Guardian Centres provide a Centre-to-Family communication platform so families can maintain contact with their children’s experiences through photos, stories and learning outcomes.
Our Centres use Storypark and each family is provided with a secure login to access on their computers, mobiles or apps.
To find out more about the special experiences at our centre please call us or join our waitlist below.
To explore the centre, chat with our team of Educators and learn more about our high-quality curriculum, book a tour now.
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Running for approximately 30 minutes, touring a centre is a great way to explore the exciting environments, chat to our Educators and see our high-quality curriculum come to life. It’s also a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
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“It’s not easy to leave your child in the care of someone else, however, from day one I can comfortably say that your staff have always provided the best care for both my children. I always see all the great things they do with the children but most importantly they are always there to comfort the children and take such great care of them.”
– Ivana Dusenjko, Mickleham Road, Vic
"The transition into childcare was made easy by the supportive and compassionate staff. Daily communication (both email and verbal) kept me up to date with my daughter's progress socially, emotionally and intellectually. The 'child centred' approach is amazing; for my child to make connections to her own world and experiences. She loves going.”
– Sarah Collingwood, Jacaranda – Sunnybank, Qld
"“The team are passionate about being early childhood Educators. The environment is filled with many indoor and outdoor activities allowing a child-led development by following their natural interests (inspired by Reggio Emilia). A philosophy we follow in our home. My four-year-old daughter’s language and social skills have improved greatly.””
– Angela K, Lane Cove, NSW
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