Guardian Childcare & Education Abbotsford

(Formerly Explorers Early Learning Flockhart Street)

Guardian Childcare & Education Abbotsford NQS Rated Exceeding by ACECQA

Our centre has been recognised as ‘Exceeding’ the National Quality Standard. This is the highest rating you can receive from a regulatory authority assessment and we are proud to deliver an exceptional service to the children and families who attend our centre.

Guardian Childcare & Education Abbotsford is one of more than 40 state-of-the-art Guardian Childcare Centres in Victoria. Bordered by Collingwood, Richmond, Fitzroy and East Melbourne, the Centre is a convenient choice for families wanting high-quality childcare and education close to home or on their way to work in the Melbourne CBD.

Guardian Abbotsford boasts a range of exciting, resource-rich environments, including a rooftop garden, sandpit, mud play area, beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces and Gardening and Sustainability programs.

Guardian Childcare and Education puts the quality of childcare in high reguard. We are very proud of our continuous improvement, our team of Educators and their fantastic relationships with children and our experience in childcare. Guardian Childcare Abbotsford is a family day care and childhood education centre, meaning we really value collaborating with families to ensure their children are supported and all their unique needs are being met. We understand that all children are different, and no one knows that better than you, the families and care givers.  

Our team of professionally-certified early childhood education specialists deliver an advanced play-based and nature-inspired curriculum and a leading Kindergarten Program to help prepare your child for the exciting transition to school.

Our on-site chef prepares five nutritionally balanced meals using seasonal ingredients every day. To further explore food at the Centre, Educators host regular hands-on cooking experiences for the children to extend their knowledge of nutrition and to encourage them to try new foods.

Guardian Childcare and Education puts the quality of childcare in high regard. We are very proud of our continuous improvement, our team of Educators and their fantastic relationships with children and our experience in childcare. Guardian Childcare Abbotsford is a family day care and childhood education centre, meaning we really value collaborating with families to ensure their children are supported and all their unique needs are being met. We understand that all children are different, and no one knows that better than you, the families and caregivers.  

As a way to stay connected to families, families will have access to our family communication app StoryPark. Here, we will share with you any significant updates on your child’s day today at our learning centre, as well as any other important updates that happen in the centre. This ongoing partnership promotes a continuous rich learning environment. This also extends to conversations with our dedicated Educators and Teachers, who are happy to answer any questions you may have at any time. 

Children will also have the chance to see the same familiar faces as they move on up from our nursery room into our leading Preschool program, designed specifically to help prepare your child for a smooth transition from early learning to Primary school. Through our innovative teaching programs, your child will feel supported by our culturally diverse, highly experienced and long-standing team, who understand how to nurture your child, helping them to blossom and have the best preschool experience possible. 

We also enjoy close ties to the local community, with regular excursions taking the children out and about to enjoy and learn about the world around them. This could be to our local park or even the library. We love seeing the children’s expressions of joy as they explore new spaces. 

Begin the adventure at Guardian Abbotsford today by booking a tour to explore the Centre or speaking to one of our team.

We’re Exceeding! What does that mean? Every six months, our Centres are assessed by ACECQA, the national body with the responsibility for monitoring the quality of all registered child care centres in Australia. A rating of Exceeding National Quality Standard means that you can be assured that this Centre is providing an exceptional level of care and attention for your child.

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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 7:00am to 6:30pm
Monday to Friday

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.

More about Guardian Abbotsford

Your child will run smiling through our doors each morning – and greet you excitedly every afternoon with tales of what they’ve done that day. Because at Guardian, it’s all about fun, play and what they learn along the way. 

Our Abbotsford Centre, previously known as ‘Little Explorers Childcare’, is a fantastic environment for children to explore and become curious and imaginative learners. We welcome babies as young as six weeks, and work with families through the age stages until finally preparing our older children for the exciting transition to primary school with our leading Kindergarten Program. Our long day care model is great for children and families. 

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main road, this beautiful community childcare centre will give your child the start they deserve. 

Guardian Abbotsford is rated as Exceeding the National Quality Standard for childcare, and it’s not hard to see why…  

  • Caring and experienced team  Our Centre Manager Nakita leads a team with decades of experience in childcare, who have been with the Centre for many years. Our dedicated and caring educators will welcome your child in a warm and nurturing environment. 
  • Support with the Child Care Subsidy. Nakita and our team will support you to understand what government support you may be entitled to and how to apply. 
  • Easy for families – We’re tucked away from the main road, but with the added benefit of on-site underground parking. There is also tram, bus and train transport on our doorstep, making your life easier on those busy mornings and afternoons.   
  • Learn through play – With great resources and amazing indoor and outdoor spaces – including an expansive rooftop garden – your child will have room to explore and flex their curiosity and creativity. 
  • Regular communication with you – You’ll be kept up to date through our family communication app, StoryPark, and our unique Visible Learning Program gives you a great understanding of your child’s learning for the day at pick up. It will give you plenty to talk about with them on the drive home! 
  • Community connections – Fun and confidence-boosting local excursions for all ages, plus a wide range of cultures represented in our Centre to help you feel welcome – no matter your background. We boast several multi-lingual Educators who speak a number of languages including Vietnamese, Mandarin, Greek, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Arabic and Cantonese. 
  • All the extras – Long care hours, an on-site chef and all the added value you would expect from the highest-quality childcare centre. 

At Guardian Abbotsford we provide specialised care for every age group, plus learning experiences designed to cater to Babies, Toddlers and Kindergarten children. 

Babies. Our Nursery Team includes a ‘Baby Ambassador’, Irene, who specialises in the developmentally appropriate care and learning of babies. One-on-one time and cuddles are prioritised for your baby, with the security of always having a familiar Educator close by who knows your baby – and his or her routines – inside out.   

Toddlers. Our Centre is set across multiple levels which creates an environment where our toddlers can safely explore their growing independence through play-based learning. We host regular excursions into the local community to extend their learning outside the Centre, visiting locations such as parks, playgrounds, cafes and shops. 

Kindergarten. Our Kinder Teacher Julie works with you to discuss your child’s readiness to ensure they move to our Kindergarten program when it’s time for them. We are a participating provider for the government-funded program that will save families up to $2000 for any child in 2021 with the intention of starting school in 2022. Our program is specifically designed and delivered to prepare your child for the exciting transition to primary school – all with the added benefit of long care hours for our families.   

 It’s not hard to see why Guardian Abbotsford is a great choice for your child, no matter their age. We invite you to come and see for yourself. Enrolling now for all ages. 

Areas that this Centre services

Guardian Childcare Abbotsford services a number of local areas, including: Richmond, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Hawthorn and Kew. 

Reviews from Google (11)

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    Luisa Franzke

    We've been at this centre for 2 years now and our experience has been fabulous. The educators are amazing with the children. They really work incredibly hard to ensure the ... Read More

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    Trinity Spence

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    Florence and Campbell

    Our boys have been at Guardian since 8 months (1 is currently in Prep and the other still in care) I can not fault the team. They have been professional, ... Read More

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    Yasmeen Abusara

    My daughter went to guardian abbotsford for 2,5 yrs. In those years she turned from a shy little toddler into a talktive little lady with a wild imagination. She loved ... Read More

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    beatrice toh

    We have had 2 children come through this centre and could not speak highly enough of the care and attention that every educator has shown us in the last 5 ... Read More

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    Katherine Hayman

    Today was my daughter’s last day at this centre and I’m writing this review to show my appreciation. From the first day, the educators and other team members have shown ... Read More

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    Anthony Smith

    My daughter has been attending this centre since she was 5 months old, and we have had such a positive experience. They understood how difficult it was to leave a ... Read More

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    Eva Xiang

    Our experience with Explorers Abbostford has been really good. My son is with them for 8 months since 1 year old and it's really sad to say goodbye because I ... Read More

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    Our experience with Explorers Abbostford has been really good. In the last two year and half, teachers always provide daily photo and reports about our son and the activities of ... Read More

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    Aneesh Nair

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    Kylie Stone

    Finding a great child care centre is a challenge for all parents. When I returned to work part time we were planning to send our son to a large centre ... Read More

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