Guardian Childcare & Education Forrest

  • Leading programs where children aged six-weeks to six years learn and discover through play.
  • Highly experienced Educators and degree-qualified Teachers support children to grow and thrive.
  • Safe, secure environments that support children’s social and emotional development.
  • High quality two-year preschool program, that prepares children for school with the benefits of long daycare. Plus get up to $1,329 in fee support for 3yr olds on top of the Childcare Subsidy to help with the cost of preschool.

Come and see the Centre for yourself, meet the team and have all your questions answered. Book a tour today.


Mon to Fri 8:00am to 6:00pm


25 National Circuit
Forrest, ACT, 2603

Welcome to our Centre

Guardian Childcare & Education Forrest is one of six incredible Guardian centres in the ACT that provide high-quality education and care for Canberra families. A true home-away-from-home, the child care Centre boasts exciting, resource-rich environments for children to explore and learn about the world around them through play-based experiences.

Our exciting, resource-rich early childhood education environments include:

• Passionate Educators who focus on relationships with children and families

• Beautifully designed learning spaces to inspire curiosity, fun, and a sense of belonging

• Engaging outdoor environment to spark learning and exploration

• Dedicated two-year preschool program that prepares children for school, with the benefits of long day care

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 hands-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.

Eligible children who turn 3 years of age on or before 30 April 2024 may receive up to 300 hours of free preschool. This fee support is on top of any Child Care Subsidy eligible families receive. Ask us for more information when you visit our Centre. 

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!

Children are supported to explore and develop their social and emotional skills through their early learning journey by a dedicated team of university-qualified Teachers and Educators. They form strong partnerships and create learning experiences that foster creativity and imagination in a safe and nurturing environment for young age groups. Our Educators understand the importance of building strong relationships with families to provide a secure learning environment for all children.

Children attending our day care Centre in Forrest will also have the chance to see the same familiar faces as they move on up from our nursery room, into our two-year funded preschool program, designed specifically to help prepare your child to transition from early learning to primary school. The specialist program offers an early learning curriculum in line with the Early Years Learning Framework, with the additional benefits of long day care.

As part of our unique Visible Learning program, our Learning Exchange display provides opportunities to share your child’s progress. You are encouraged to share your own personal goals for us to implement, meaning that you have direct input in your child’s educational journey!

Families will also be given access to our family communication app Storypark, where we will share with you any significant updates in your child’s day, as well as any other important updates that happen in the centre – ensuring that you’re always connected, even when you’re not here.

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.

Join Laura on our Learning Exchange as she reads and sings along to Old Macdonald (with some help from the children!), and join Anna as she sings a childhood classic, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Begin the adventure at Guardian Forrest today. You can book a tour or speak to one of our team below.

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Meet our Centre Manager

Guardian Childcare & Education Forrest Centre Manager Image

Lauren Cotterill

"I believe in advancing our profession through advocacy and innovation to support our educators to deliver high quality education to our youngest citizens. Through focusing on inclusion, innovation and sustainability we can build a better future alongside our children for our children."

Rhythm of The Day

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.

Helpful Information

Opening Hours

Open 8:00am to 6:00pm
Monday to Friday

Good to Know - What to Bring

What we Provide

  • Nappies and wipes
  • Bed linen
  • Guardian hat
  • SPF 50+ sunscreen
  • High quality baby formula
  • All nutritious meals and snacks

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Spare change of clothing, labelled
  • Soft toy or comfort blanket for nap time
  • Baby's bottles for formula or breastmilk

Our Educators

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.

You and Your Child

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.

Learn More About Our Centre

Guardian Childcare & Education Forrest is a welcoming environment for Canberra families in and around Forrest. The location is great for families in the surrounding suburbs of Deakin, Ainslie, Barton, Manuka, Griffith, O’Connor and Turner.

We are passionate about creating a safe and stimulating environment for children to explore and grow. Our dedicated team of university-qualified Teachers and Educators will work together with you to create the best learning experiences possible for your child.

At Guardian Childcare & Education Forrest we strive to provide the highest quality of education and care for your children. Our innovative teaching methods are designed to help our young learners develop their skills in a safe, fun and stimulating environment. We believe that early years learning should be creative and fun.

Our Educators and Teachers are warm and welcoming and are experienced in providing children with a safe, secure environment to grow and develop freely in their first few years. Our Centre features multiple spacious rooms filled with beautiful colours and natural lights. There are plenty of fun and stimulating materials around the Centre to keep the children engaged and to inspire them to explore their childcare environment.

We are dedicated to providing proper nutrition to children, and our on-site cook prepares fresh meals daily to ensure each child has the opportunity to develop positive healthy eating habits. Our Educators empower each child to become active in the food preparation process, and many of the children help select ingredients, ask our cook questions and learn about the various nutrients in each meal.

Our family communication app, Storypark, provides our Educators and families with an opportunity to develop genuine reciprocal relationships. We regularly share images, videos, and messages about your child’s progress throughout the day, keeping you informed about your child’s growth, development and learning. We encourage families to use the Storypark app to develop ideas for continuing the learning at home.

For children aged three and four years, we have an amazing kindergarten program that runs with our long day care to help prepare them for their upcoming transitions into formal schooling. Our three-year-old program emphasises developing some of the social and communication skills that the children will use as they gain more independence. We encourage development in these areas through group play and some slightly more structured activities.

In four-year-old kindergarten, children further develop their communication, social and emotional skills, and they also begin exploring some numbers, shapes and phonics. We encourage children to practice reading simple sounds and words on their own, and we empower them through the learning process that comes with this. Through developing skills in these areas, children can feel more ready and confident as they begin their first year of primary school.

Guardian Forrest aims to provide children with a wide variety of experiences and learning opportunities, so we offer many different teaching programs throughout the week to help foster growth and development. Children are encouraged to interact with our on-site chef and engage in the cooking process themselves. They may choose to select some fresh ingredients to include in their meal, or they might like to practice serving up their food on their own.

Sustainability is another focus at our Centre, and we empower children to develop an understanding of recycling and other sustainable practices while developing a genuine passion and care for looking after our planet. Our Out & About program encourages children to spend more time playing outdoors in the fresh air and natural sunlight. We have a beautiful, spacious outdoor environment for the children to explore and practice engaging their imaginations and creativity.

We develop each child’s literacy and numeracy skills to help them feel confident and prepared during the challenging leap into primary school. Our program supports the needs and routines of each of our families, and we ensure each child’s cultural background is supported and encouraged.

As part of our unique Visible Learning Program, families will be able to gain an understanding of their child’s education. Our Learning Exchange Display will provide the opportunity for our Teachers and Educators to share updates on your child’s progress. It will also be a chance for you to have direct input into your child’s learning!

Why not come and meet the team and have a look around our childcare Centre today? We’d love to show you why Guardian Forrest is the perfect learning environment for your child. At Guardian, we believe that together, we can create life-long learners.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Reviews from Google

Maria K.
Maria K.
22:26 08 Apr 24
We moved our 2yo to Forrest and I cannot speak highly enough of the team here. Lucy and Sam have changed our kiddo's life and I don't know what we would do without them. They really show our kid love and we're so grateful to have them. He loves going to daycare, the attention, the space, the food are all awesome. He had stopped napping and was always upset at his old daycare, at Forrest he is napping for 2 hours! and has started napping again at home thanks to Forrest! He is a calm, happy bubs. You can really see they invest in the kids, there's always deliveries of new toys and science/arts activties. I've seen their meals myself as there's some days we dropoff late, and its beautiful healthy food, they are lucky kids. We get daily posts online to see what our kiddos are up to, Lucy's always found some interesting new activity for them to try. The premises is really secure, parking is easy and I've always got a spot and nice to get a coffee right next door after drop off :P We've had two kids at a few different daycares and this one is by far the best we've been to.
Michaela S.
Michaela S.
01:47 26 Mar 24
We have been going to Guardian Forrest for going on 2 months and it’s clear that my children are having amazing days are well cared for each dayThey come home each day and tell me awesome stories about the day they had and are always exhausted with the amount of fun they have had.I wish I could say thank you more to all of the educators for taking such good care of my babies! :)
Joanne O.
Joanne O.
01:25 20 Nov 23
I have nothing but praise for Guardian Forrest. We have been coming to the centre for a couple of years after relocating from another city. Tayla and her team have helped settle my baby girl into the centre beautifully. She has grown into such a smart, confident and caring child with a love of learning, all fostered by the love, comfort and incredible learning experiences provided by the exceptional teachers at Guardian. Every activity has a purpose, though my child is just having fun. The communication from the centre is incredible, I always know what my child has been up to each day so it’s great for us to talk about at home. Tayla and her team always make time to chat to us, and if there are any concerns we might have Tayla and the team always move quickly to help out support into place. It makes me sad that this is our last year here, I feel like the centre is another home and the educators are part of our family. Thank you to the entire team at Guardian, and Tayla for her incredible leadership for making the centre into what it is today. My little girl has had the best fun with you all. I highly recommend Guardian Forrest to anyone considering exceptional care for their children.
Alison N.
Alison N.
09:35 21 Sep 23
A wonderful centre with excellent caring educators and staff. Would highly recommend the centre.
Singh D.
Singh D.
02:24 19 Sep 23
22:43 28 Mar 23
This daycare is absolutely amazing, and I wouldn't have any hesitations recommending to other parents. My 5-month-old is absolutely spoiled by the Nursery staff every day. Guardian Childcare Forrest makes going back to work full-time so much easier. Knowing that my son is so well cared for gives me peace of mind and that's priceless. A huge thank you to all the staff in the Nursery and front desk; you have made the transition so seamless. It's been a wonderful experience to date!
Immie M.
Immie M.
23:48 16 Feb 23
My son is thriving under the care of Taylor and the whole team. They work hard to keep on top of his complex medical needs, he feels loved and welcomed and I have no doubt every kid in the centre feels the same. Could not recommend this place highly enough.
Leah C.
Leah C.
22:11 16 Feb 23
Guardian is a fantastic centre and I wouldn't hesitate to send my child here. The centre is clean and well-maintained, which put me at ease knowing that my children are in a safe and healthy environment.What I appreciate most about this daycare is the holistic approach they take to their curriculum. They not only focus on the academic development of the children but also on their social and emotional growth. The activities and games they play are not only fun but also help build important life skills like teamwork, empathy, and problem-solving.Tayla and the team are also just wonderful people. They have a genuine passion for what they do, and it shows in the way they interact with the children. They are patient, kind, and always willing to answer any questions or concerns that I have.Overall, I would recommend this daycare to anyone looking for a fantastic childcare experience. Tayla and the team go above and beyond to create a warm, nurturing, and enriching environment for the children in their care.
Farah T.
Farah T.
01:33 21 Nov 22
fan T.
fan T.
22:50 23 Aug 22
Kids very enjoyed
Jit P.
Jit P.
08:14 07 Aug 22
My wife work’s at guardian and she comes home with a positive vibe from workplace.I thank the supportive team of Forrest.Good place to work.
casey M.
casey M.
03:06 28 Jun 22
Simon S.
Simon S.
10:39 04 Apr 22
Julia L.
Julia L.
22:44 09 Dec 19
Highly recommend this daycare for so many reasons: it's clean, the great quality of activities/toys and most importantly the educators and staff which are all so wonderful and incredibly committed to the children. Our daughter feels very comfortable here and is always excited when Monday comes around :)
Warren M.
Warren M.
08:13 08 Dec 19
The benchmark for childcare in Canberra. The focus here is the children and this is evident. Staff do an outstanding job in keeping up with modern philosophies and truly love their job. You can tell that all the equipment is well thought out and caters for each child individually. For a large centre it definitely doesn't feel like it due to the open layout. If you want the best for your children you can't do better than Forrest. Oh and the food is amazing, healthy and fresh.
Bec J.
Bec J.
10:26 05 Dec 19
We have been really happy with Guardian Forrest. All the educators are such genuinely caring, lovely people. They really go out of their way to help the little ones feel at home and many of them have been around the whole time we have been there. They always have really engaging, creative and imaginative activities for the children and have created an environment which fosters adventure, fun and inquiry. It has a really nice community feel and even though we have moved further away we still send our girls there as we don't think we would find somewhere else as lovely.
Hashim P
Hashim P
01:18 06 Feb 24

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