Guardian Childcare & Education Lemon Tree

Guardian Childcare & Education Lemon Tree is bursting with resource-rich environments for early learning. Following a recent Centre-wide renovation, this modern Centre is an oasis of learning for children aged from six weeks to six years. The children are able to explore and learn through modern resources, natural play structures and a range of age-specific play areas.

The first five years of your child’s life are incredibly important when it comes to social and emotional development, and setting them up with a love of learning that lasts a lifetime. That’s why, at Guardian Lemon Tree, we’re focused on teaching children how to learn versus just ticking a box. This approach to education comes to life in our Kindergarten Program, which is led by qualified teachers who are there to help prepare your child for the exciting transition to school.

The community-minded Educators at Guardian Lemon Tree also love sharing their passion, and recently filmed a short video to ‘paint and tell the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar’. This was shared with the whole Guardian community.

As part of our strong community focus, all age groups participate in regular excursions out into our local community, connecting with local businesses and residents alike.

Our on-site chef Ishi is the heart of our Centre, preparing four nutritionally balanced meals using seasonal ingredients every day. Ishi also hosts regular cooking experiences for the children to help extend on their knowledge of good nutrition and encourage them to try new foods and flavours. Some of Ishi’s favourite recipes are even available for your to try at home, including the ever-popular Scrumptious Sausage Rolls.

Book a tour of Guardian Lemon Tree today, or speak to one of our friendly team.

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

Fee Information

Age Group Daily Fee
Under 3 Years $159.00*
Over 3 Years $157.00*

*Price before the government rebate. To calculate what Child Care Subsidy you might get back, click here.

Good to Know - What to Bring

What we Provide

  • Sunscreen
  • Four nutritionally balanced meals including: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea & a late snack.
  • Nappies
  • Bibs
  • Bedding
  • Hats

What to Bring

  • Formula and bottles
  • Soft toy or comfort blanket for nap time
  • Spare change of clothing
  • Water bottle

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 Lemon Tree is a boutique 60 place centre, catering for children aged four months – five years of age. Each child’s individual needs are taken into consideration when settling, planning and programming for them, and our Educators are very experienced at supporting you and your child feel comfortable in your new surroundings. The heritage of the old Lemon Tree hotel is captured in our environments, igniting a feeling of warmth and familiarity.

Our environments and learning experiences presented to the children are reflected in the research and knowledge of emergent curriculum, Reggio Emilia and the National Australian Early Years Learning framework. We foster curiosity, creative thinking and a passion for learning through our learning experiences.

Children’s learning is fostered and enhanced through exploration, play and experimentation, whilst being challenged and supported by their educators. Your child will love their day at Lemon Tree with our friendly and passionate team of Educators. We encourage Educators and families to work together to ensure a happy and productive time whilst children are in our care.

Our Educators take the time to provide families with up to date information on their child’s day and developmental progress. Our Educators are selected for their qualifications and expertise in the early childhood field and we pride ourselves on the quality of our care and the warm and secure learning environment we provide.

Your child’s learning and development will benefit greatly from the interaction with educators and other children at the centre. We make sure that our curriculum and school readiness program fits within the Commonwealth Government’s Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standards.

We offer a range of excursions for all age groups including visits to the Carlton Gardens, The Children’s Museum, our local bookstore for story time sessions and walks around Lygon Street. These excursions link us to the local community, and our eight seater pram is ideal for getting our babies out and about into the local area. Our culturally diverse team brings a worldly perspective to our programs and give children an opportunity to explore other cultures and traditions.

Our menu is developed in line with nutrition Australia’s guidelines for children, and we use fresh and seasonal produce to provide a healthy range of meals for your child. Encouraging our children to participate in healthy food choices, and supporting growth and development through nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.

We cater our services at the centre to make life easier for our busy families. We provide you with the necessities such as nappies, sunscreen hats, and bedding for nap times.

Introducing Guardian’s Summer Rain Program

From November to January, five Guardian Centres – 101 Collins, Kids Time Mckinnon, Rivergarden, Richmond and St Kilda Road – are running a Summer Rain Program with bespoke experiences for children from 0 to 5 years. Run in and around the art ateliers at each of the five centers, the program is designed by Multidisciplinary Artist, Heidi Weatherald. From visual arts, science and technology to dramatic play and literacy, no two days will look the same.

A taste of the experiences in the program

  • Science, sensory, technology and music
  • Science and literacy
  • Puppetry, engineering sculpture, and song
  • Sculpture and Song
  • Science, poetry, and music
  • Visual arts and storytelling

Are you interested in participating in our Summer Rain Program? Book a tour today.

Reviews (26)

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    Catherine Lambiris

    - 6 months ago

    Our two children have been at Lemontree for 18 months and are now heading off to school. The kinder program has been a wonderful experience for them and has definitely ... Read More

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    Elizabeth Reinehr

    - 7 months ago

    Our son has blossomed into a confident, happy and curious little man since commencing childcare at the Lemon Tree. He loves being there and my partner and I are so ... Read More

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    Bronte Coates

    - 7 months ago

    We have been sending our nearly 2-year-old to Lemon Tree for over a year and we could not be happier with this decision. The staff are so warm and friendly, ... Read More

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    Susie Bate

    - 7 months ago

    Our three year old daughter has been attending Lemon Tree for around 18 months now after transferring from another centre. In short - there is no comparison. She is so ... Read More

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    Rodolphe Ratheau

    - 7 months ago

    Great center that makes my boys really happy. Always amazed on how much learning the team teaches them. Highly recommended

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    Diane Sivasubramaniam

    - 7 months ago

    We love Lemon Tree. Our two children have been attending for just over a year. They are happy, engaged, confident, and thriving. The physical space is beautiful, the food is ... Read More

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    adrian simons

    - 7 months ago

    I've been been sending my daughter here for almost a year and she loves it. She gets up in the morning excited to be at lemontree. The food is amazing, thanks ... Read More

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    Maria Chr

    - 7 months ago

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    Andrew

    - 7 months ago

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    Madeleine Russell

    - 1 year ago

    Lemontree is an incredible daycare - gorgeous staff, beautiful space and my daughter comes home so happy every day. They also have a great app so you can keep up ... Read More

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    Jesse-Lee Stringer

    - 2 years ago

    Having visited the Journey School in Boulder, Colorado USA - my partner and I were recommended to visit Lily and Kyleigh at the Guardian Lemon-Tree for a walk in and ... Read More

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    Lea Danga

    - 2 years ago

    I am a mother of two and after my second baby started to look around for a child care centres around the Carlton and Melbourne CBD area. I toured probably ... Read More

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    Ayesha Everitt

    - 2 years ago

    Our son has been at Lemontree since he was 7minthe old, and I cannot speak highly enough of the care, love & support we have all received. It’s a lovely ... Read More

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    Carly Neubauer

    - 2 years ago

    We could not recommend Lemontree and the fabulous staff more highly. We have two children attending - one has been with the centre for 2.5 years, our youngest recently started ... Read More

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    Katelyn Nguyen

    - 2 years ago

    The team at Lemon Tree are like an extension of our family. We found Lemon Tree during a desperate time, after our second born suffered a horrific accident at 14mths ... Read More

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    Jacqui Faliszewski

    - 2 years ago

    Our daughter has been attending Lemontree for the last few months and the team have been nothing short of amazing. We are a particularly challenging family as we are still ... Read More

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    John Haysey

    - 2 years ago

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    Zoe Broughton

    - 2 years ago

    My 15 month old daughter started in August of this year and has had a brilliant experience. The staff are so lovely kind and engaged with her. She comes home ... Read More

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    Liah Coombs

    - 3 years ago

    My son August has been attending Lemon Tree since he was 10 months old. We have been so thrilled with the centre. All the educators are professional loving careers of ... Read More

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    Tahnee Wright

    - 3 years ago

    Our children have attended Lemon Tree for the last four years. We have had a fantastic experience with wonderful, caring and enthusiastic educators across all the rooms. The staff turnover ... Read More

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    djhare

    - 3 years ago

    Sarah and her team are fantastic. Our little one had a great time each day at Lemon Tree, the carers are brilliant and attentive, and we always knew our kid ... Read More

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    Lenny Penny

    - 3 years ago

    So happy we found this place. My children are loved and cared for and they run the centre so well.

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    Celine Waters

    - 4 years ago

    I went to many schools and while lemon tree does not have the shine that I saw in many other places, it has the love - and that was what ... Read More

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    C C

    - 6 years ago

    Our daughter finally enjoys daycare, she had previously gone to a daycare in the city and was upset every day. Now she is engaged and happy, the staff are friendly ... Read More

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    Anastas Manojlovski

    - 7 years ago

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    Nazret Amir

    - 4 years ago

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