Guardian Childcare & Education Caloundra

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4.3
(16)
Emily D.
Emily D.
02:33 28 May 24
I feel so lucky that both our children get to attend Guardian Caloundra. Every single educator takes so much pride with the education and care they provide our kids. My son had a particularly hard time adjusting to daycare and all the educators, including the director Doug, did everything they could to help him adjust happily. They are inclusive of special care needs, my son has his AHA visit him in studio each week, which allows him to practice his therapy in real world circumstances. I cannot recommend Guardian Caloundra enough, they are the best!
Leia G.
Leia G.
10:11 14 May 24
Sarah W.
Sarah W.
04:54 06 Jul 23
We would like to take the time to thank this wonderful centre. As parents of Petit Caloundra we find all the staff are amazing. They are caring, kind, professional and welcoming. The two directors are 1 in a million, always willing to help out and are very approachable. Both our children are so well cared for in such a beautiful, natural and personal way and we simply couldn’t be happier with the choice we made to send our most precious people to this centre :)
Kat D.
Kat D.
09:07 31 May 23
When I moved to Caloundra a little over a year and a half ago, I was tossing up between Petit and another centre. In order to even tour the other centre I had to enrol my children, then get them in for a transition day. Coming from a Reggio centre, I couldn’t wrap my head around the mess and chaos these kids were exposed to. I conceded it was not the centre for me.When I called Petit, I was welcomed with open arms for a tour, no lengthy enrolments needed first. I entered the centre, there was a beautiful sense of calm and order. The playground had so many inviting & challenging areas that my toddler took an instant liking too. Everything in each room was an invitation to play and child led.We have been at petit for 18 months now. My kids love it and I do too. There is a sense of community there and parents are invited to get involved in many different activities. We’ve made friends there because of this. When problems have arised, they’ve been attended too, honestly, with empathy and understanding.The educators there are first class and so passionate about what they do. I couldn’t reccomended Petit Early Learning highly enough. We are so lucky to belong to the community there.
Andrea B.
Andrea B.
08:38 30 May 23
Petit ELJ Caloundra is a brilliant daycare and kindy. Both of my children have been attending since the beginning of 2021, and it has been so heartening to see them blossom into creative, thoughtful and kind people, thanks in huge part to Petit. They have totally flourished under the nurturing support of the wonderful educators. The whole team are super responsive, supportive and communicative, and the atmosphere is always warm and calm. I cannot fault the facilities or the staff!
bianca S.
bianca S.
02:01 08 Feb 23
Great centre! We moved our children here this year and all of the educators have been amazing with them. They’ve settled in beautifully and we absolutely love the Haven Place and treasure cove studios.
Tiahn S.
Tiahn S.
23:20 15 Dec 22
Katie N.
Katie N.
20:54 06 Dec 22
My son loves it at Petit Caloundra. He started when he was 8 months old and has settled in so well and is thriving. The girls in the nursery are so accommodating and lovely. We feel so comfortable that he is having an absolute blast on his daycare days.
Emma C.
Emma C.
09:34 06 Dec 22
Amazing centre! We were unsure of where to take our daughter for her first daycare experience as we’ve had some rough experiences in the past with our eldest son. From the day our daughter has been here every educator has been more than amazing with helping our daughter feel comfortable and happy with all, even the Directors have been amazing with her.We can’t recommend these guys enough
Hayley W.
Hayley W.
00:00 23 Aug 22
We have been taking our 2 girls here 4 days a week for just over two months.The teachers are so lovely and super easy to communicate with. On pick up they can tell me all about the girls days and things they were interested in or activities they were doing. I can’t thank the teachers at Petit enough for making this transition to not only a new school but for us a new state so seamless and showing the girls love and attention every day.It is evident through their excitement and eagerness to go to school just how much they enjoy it, which makes our lives 100x easier.The teachers here truly care about the kids and the relationships they have is so nice to see even in the short few months we have been here.
Lucy D.
Lucy D.
08:57 16 Aug 22
Petit have made our family so welcome! Our daughter is very happy there and it is so lovely to see her forming such positive relationships with the staff.
Rebecca H.
Rebecca H.
05:07 16 Aug 22
I have always been happy with the level of care that my children have received (over the last 4 years combined) in the center, both of them have always enjoyed daycare and are always excited to tell me about their days and have always bonded well with their educators.Despite the changes the center has been through over the years, which at times I have been concerned if this could effect the kids but I also feel as though in the last year especially the potential has grown immensely and the kids always remain happy.
M Ashe (.
M Ashe (.
05:43 27 Jan 21
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Formerly Petit Early Learning Journey Caloundra

  • Safe, secure environments that support children’s social and emotional development.
  • Engaging learning programs where children aged six weeks to six years learn and discover through play.
  • Passionate Educators and degree-qualified Teachers focus on building strong relationships with children and families.
  • High-quality two-year kindergarten program that prepares children for school, with the benefits of long day care. Plus 4-year-old children get 15 hours of free Kindergarten a week from 1 January 2024.

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

Hours

Mon to Fri 6:30am to 6:30pm

Address

4 Lomond Crescent
Caloundra West, QLD, 4551


Welcome to our Centre

Welcome to Guardian Childcare & Education Caloundra, formerly Petit Early Learning Journey Caloundra.

Our beautiful Guardian Caloundra childcare centre on the Sunshine Coast is bright, and modern and will quickly become your child’s home away from home. With expansive, resource-rich indoor and outdoor spaces, children have a safe and secure way to discover the world around them.

At our Caloundra early learning centre, there are six beautifully designed learning studios, grouped by age, with a separate sleep room attached to the nursery.

Each of our spaces has high-quality, age-appropriate resources for the best play-based learning experiences. Every child is supported in their growth and development, so they can build a lifelong love of learning.

Children at our Caloundra daycare centre also have access to:

  • Fresh, nutritious meals and snacks with the best seasonal ingredients, prepared on-site by our very own Chef.
  • Baby nappies, wipes, linen, sunscreen, all snacks and meals.
  • Exciting incursions and excursions including visits to the local library and Thryve Yoga and Fitness.

Our Childcare & Education Caloundra kindergarten program has a strong focus on children’s social and emotional development. We support children to develop the skills needed to become confident, engaged learners as they move up to school. Through the best of both structured and play-based learning experiences, we let your child learn in the way that’s best for them.

From 1 January 2024, eligible children will receive up to 15 hours of free Kindergarten per week at our Centre, up to 600 hours of free Kindergarten per year. This fee support is on top of any Child Care Subsidy eligible families may be receiving.

To take advantage of this additional support children must be at least four years of age by 30 June in the year before they attend Primary School and be enrolled at an approved Kindergarten program for at least two days a week. Ask our Centre Manager or one of the team for more information about getting the most out of your Child Care Subsidy.

To further enrich your child’s early learning journey, we also plan age-appropriate incursions and excursions throughout the year. We want children to feel part of their community on the Sunshine Coast.

We use the family communication app Storypark to share important updates, exciting activities or milestones that your child encounters, ensuring that you always remain connected.

If you’re looking to start an exciting learning journey at Guardian Childcare & Education Caloundra, we’d love to meet you! Book a tour to meet our amazing team and explore our incredible Sunshine Coast centre.

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Meet our Centre Manager

Guardian Childcare & Education Caloundra Centre Manager Image

Douglas Arnold

"I strongly believe relationships are important and lay the foundations for successful partnerships that have the best interests of every child at the heart of them. Having a shared understanding and approach can ensure that each child’s learning and development can continue to grow and flourish during their time with us here at our centre"

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 6:30am to 6:30pm
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

Our Childcare & Education Caloundra is a beautiful early education centre centre located on Central Parade. It’s a great child care option for Sunshine Coast families living in Caloundra, Caloundra West, Kings Beach, Golden Beach, Moffat Beach, Pelican Waters, Little Mountain, Baringa and Battery Hill.

Our early childhood education programs are focused on play-based learning, and our spacious day care and child care centre provides a nurturing and fun environment for children aged six weeks to six years of age, supporting them to discover the world in a safe and secure way.

Our Caloundra childcare centre, with long day care services, is filled with bright, stimulating materials that encourage children to explore and engage their curiosity to discover more about the exciting world around them.

Sunshine Coast children are encouraged to learn through play, and our indoor spaces offer wonderful areas for exploration, socialising, art and craft and quiet time. Our outdoor playgrounds were designed to foster physical activity and allow children to explore nature in a safe environment.

Children are supported through their early learning journey to explore and develop their social and emotional skills. The early education programs are led by a dedicated team of qualified Educators and Teachers. They create early education learning experiences in a nurturing environment where play and fun foster creativity and imagination in a safe environment for young age groups.

Guardian Caloundra is open from 6.30 am to 6.00 pm every weekday, so families are provided with plenty of flexibility for the education and care hours they work and the time they choose to drop off and pick up their child. During drop-off or pick-up times, we encourage you to stay for a little while and spend some time exploring the learning environment and speaking to our Educators.

Our qualified Educators and Teachers in each age room can provide some understanding of the various play materials and education spaces throughout the Centre to help you discover some ways to continue learning at home. We encourage involving the whole family in their child’s care and education to ensure they are happy as they learn and grow.

Our communication app, Storypark, provides families with photos and updates on your child, offering you the opportunity to stay informed about the early education program and their development. Our Educators also set up different learning outcomes for the children through Storypark, which supports them in achieving developmental milestones and understanding new ideas.

For children aged three and four, we have a kindergarten program led by university-qualified Teachers that can support your child in their preparation for the step up into primary school.

During kindergarten, your child’s learning journey is led by specialist Educational Leaders who guide teaching and learning in a flexible and research-supported way. The leading curriculum supports discovery and gives children the best start to life, as well as being aligned with the National Quality Standard and the Early Years Learning Framework.

Through our high-quality kindergarten program, Sunshine Coast children have the opportunity to learn some of the skills that are often only introduced in early primary school. We begin learning and exploring shapes, numbers and letters through fun, play-based activities.

We support literacy and numeracy skills as well as the needed emotional and social skills to help them feel confident and prepared during the challenging leap from early years into primary school. Our high-quality program supports the needs and routines of each of our families.

We’re committed to children’s wellbeing, and our on-site cook prepares fresh, nutritious meals packed with all the nutrients that children need at their age. We encourage children at our early learning centre to engage in food preparation and to ask questions about where their food comes from, why it’s good for them, and how they can eat it.

Like all other childcare centres in the Guardian network, our Caloundra early learning centre has a unique Visible Learning Program to connect families with the learning experiences of their children. This program makes learning outcomes visible to families, demonstrating how we are meeting your child’s individual goals and supporting their development, right up until they go off to school.

Our Learning Exchange Display will provide the opportunity for our Teachers and Educators to share updates with families about their child’s progress throughout the day. It will also be a chance for Sunshine Coast families to have direct input into their child’s learning!

Why book a tour today and come and meet the team and have a look around our early learning centre today? We’d love to show you why Guardian Caloundra, owned by Guardian Childcare and Education, is a great centre and the perfect place for Sunshine Coast families to start their child’s learning journey. At Guardian, we believe that together, we can give young children the best start to life.

We look forward to welcoming you to our centre soon!

Centre Highlights

  • There are six beautifully designed learning studios, grouped by age, with a separate sleep room attached to the nursery. Each of our spaces has high-quality, age-appropriate resources for the best play-based learning experiences. Every child is supported in their growth and development, so they can build a lifelong love of learning.
  • Fresh, nutritious meals and snacks with the best seasonal ingredients, prepared on-site by our very own Chef.
  • Baby nappies, wipes, linen, sunscreen, all snacks and meals.
  • Exciting incursions and excursions including visits to the local library and Thryve Yoga and Fitness.

Reviews from Google

4.3
(16)
Emily D.
Emily D.
02:33 28 May 24
I feel so lucky that both our children get to attend Guardian Caloundra. Every single educator takes so much pride with the education and care they provide our kids. My son had a particularly hard time adjusting to daycare and all the educators, including the director Doug, did everything they could to help him adjust happily. They are inclusive of special care needs, my son has his AHA visit him in studio each week, which allows him to practice his therapy in real world circumstances. I cannot recommend Guardian Caloundra enough, they are the best!
Leia G.
Leia G.
10:11 14 May 24
Sarah W.
Sarah W.
04:54 06 Jul 23
We would like to take the time to thank this wonderful centre. As parents of Petit Caloundra we find all the staff are amazing. They are caring, kind, professional and welcoming. The two directors are 1 in a million, always willing to help out and are very approachable. Both our children are so well cared for in such a beautiful, natural and personal way and we simply couldn’t be happier with the choice we made to send our most precious people to this centre :)
Kat D.
Kat D.
09:07 31 May 23
When I moved to Caloundra a little over a year and a half ago, I was tossing up between Petit and another centre. In order to even tour the other centre I had to enrol my children, then get them in for a transition day. Coming from a Reggio centre, I couldn’t wrap my head around the mess and chaos these kids were exposed to. I conceded it was not the centre for me.When I called Petit, I was welcomed with open arms for a tour, no lengthy enrolments needed first. I entered the centre, there was a beautiful sense of calm and order. The playground had so many inviting & challenging areas that my toddler took an instant liking too. Everything in each room was an invitation to play and child led.We have been at petit for 18 months now. My kids love it and I do too. There is a sense of community there and parents are invited to get involved in many different activities. We’ve made friends there because of this. When problems have arised, they’ve been attended too, honestly, with empathy and understanding.The educators there are first class and so passionate about what they do. I couldn’t reccomended Petit Early Learning highly enough. We are so lucky to belong to the community there.
Andrea B.
Andrea B.
08:38 30 May 23
Petit ELJ Caloundra is a brilliant daycare and kindy. Both of my children have been attending since the beginning of 2021, and it has been so heartening to see them blossom into creative, thoughtful and kind people, thanks in huge part to Petit. They have totally flourished under the nurturing support of the wonderful educators. The whole team are super responsive, supportive and communicative, and the atmosphere is always warm and calm. I cannot fault the facilities or the staff!
bianca S.
bianca S.
02:01 08 Feb 23
Great centre! We moved our children here this year and all of the educators have been amazing with them. They’ve settled in beautifully and we absolutely love the Haven Place and treasure cove studios.
Tiahn S.
Tiahn S.
23:20 15 Dec 22
Katie N.
Katie N.
20:54 06 Dec 22
My son loves it at Petit Caloundra. He started when he was 8 months old and has settled in so well and is thriving. The girls in the nursery are so accommodating and lovely. We feel so comfortable that he is having an absolute blast on his daycare days.
Emma C.
Emma C.
09:34 06 Dec 22
Amazing centre! We were unsure of where to take our daughter for her first daycare experience as we’ve had some rough experiences in the past with our eldest son. From the day our daughter has been here every educator has been more than amazing with helping our daughter feel comfortable and happy with all, even the Directors have been amazing with her.We can’t recommend these guys enough
Hayley W.
Hayley W.
00:00 23 Aug 22
We have been taking our 2 girls here 4 days a week for just over two months.The teachers are so lovely and super easy to communicate with. On pick up they can tell me all about the girls days and things they were interested in or activities they were doing. I can’t thank the teachers at Petit enough for making this transition to not only a new school but for us a new state so seamless and showing the girls love and attention every day.It is evident through their excitement and eagerness to go to school just how much they enjoy it, which makes our lives 100x easier.The teachers here truly care about the kids and the relationships they have is so nice to see even in the short few months we have been here.
Lucy D.
Lucy D.
08:57 16 Aug 22
Petit have made our family so welcome! Our daughter is very happy there and it is so lovely to see her forming such positive relationships with the staff.
Rebecca H.
Rebecca H.
05:07 16 Aug 22
I have always been happy with the level of care that my children have received (over the last 4 years combined) in the center, both of them have always enjoyed daycare and are always excited to tell me about their days and have always bonded well with their educators.Despite the changes the center has been through over the years, which at times I have been concerned if this could effect the kids but I also feel as though in the last year especially the potential has grown immensely and the kids always remain happy.
M Ashe (.
M Ashe (.
05:43 27 Jan 21
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Begin the Adventure at Guardian

To explore the centre, chat with our team of Educators and learn more about our high-quality curriculum, book a tour now.