Guardian Childcare & Education Essendon

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4.1
(22)
Jodie E.
Jodie E.
22:19 31 Jan 24
The staff are all very caring and supportive. From the office staff, to the educators, the teachers and not to forget the wonderful cook...everyone is quite nice and supportive with parents and the children. The learning has been wonderful for both our children and they have flourished. We love this centre and highly recommend it to families.
ANN MARIA J.
ANN MARIA J.
02:10 22 Dec 23
Maria C.
Maria C.
11:01 30 Nov 23
Wonderful childcare centre, my children love going to childcare, great caring staff, great peace of mind for me knowing my kids are well taken care of when I'm at work. My kids are engaged, stimulated and learning lots!
Deanna
Deanna
02:49 22 Nov 23
My husband and are very thankful for the wonderful team at Guardian Childcare Essendon!Our little one started at the centre when he was 11 months old. This was our first time using a childcare facility and we found the transition to be smooth due to the fabulous support of the team at Guardian Essendon!The team spent time getting to know our little one through orientation and over time, they have adjusted their approach in line with his developmental milestones to help him settle in.Their communication with us has been fantastic. They have encouraged us to keep the open line of communication with them. We are never left worrying about how our little one is going.We love that they provide a large variety of learning experiences for the little ones there . There are a combination of indoor activities, singing and outdoor play. We see the joy our little one experiences being there with the huge smile on his face. He loves it!To the wonderful team at Guardian Essendon and especially the nursery educators, thank you for your wonderful care, support and warmth you show families. We appreciate it very much.
Giulz S.
Giulz S.
06:59 10 May 23
CHI Z.
CHI Z.
02:31 23 Dec 22
My kids have attended Guardian Essendon for more than a year. The services provided by the centre is well above nearby centres as we have tried a few in the area over the last 5 years.Some of the amazing things about this centre are:- The centre manager is so kind and would always respond to all emails/requests in a timely manner. She will offer help and be flexible with arrangements if she can.- They have educators who have been with the centre for many years. My daughter's educator in the toddler room this year is a super star, she comes up with the most creative and amazing activities for the kids, as well as a high quality educational program that really teach kids some vital skills.- Communication from the centre's management and the educators is the best I've experienced. They would let you know in advance about staff arrangements, special events and any issues with your kids. They also share regular updates of the kids development. I just received my daughter's end of year book, the pages are so thoughtfully created with lots of beautiful photos and information, it really brought tears to my eyes reading through it.And if you ask my kids who is their favorite person, they will always say the educators' name!
Breanna M.
Breanna M.
04:47 13 Sep 22
Thanks Marianne and the team for always taking such good care of my girls. It makes leaving them each day a little easier knowing they are with really good people who genuinely care for them.
Shannon G.
Shannon G.
07:49 26 Oct 21
All of the educators are lovely and our daughter loves them all. When we were choosing a childcare for our daughter we wanted to see how she responded to the environment. The minute she went straight to Jess we knew she would be in good hands and it was where she wanted to be. We love the centre
Kylie S.
Kylie S.
02:09 09 Apr 21
I have nothing but thanks and praise for the wonderful team at Guardian Childcare Essendon! My little one started there when she was just 9 months old - and being a co-vid baby, I knew it would be a BIG adjustment for her. It was a big adjustment - but couldn't have possibly gone more smoothly than it did with the fabulous educators there!The whole team spent so much time getting to know my little one in all her particularities, so they could really adjust their approach around sleep, feeding, and bottles to help her settle in there. This was no small task, yet with patience and good humour they accomplished it.Their communication with us was amazing (faultless really) throughout. I was never left worrying how my little one was doing (a blessing when you're back to work and need that certainty of knowing your bub is safe, well and cared for).I also love that they provide so much exploratory learning for the little ones there - plus loads of indoor and outdoor play. It's messy, joyful, and the kids just love it!To Monica (educator extraordinaire!), Kaya, Marianne, Jess R, Jess, E, Joyce and all the wonderful team at Guardian Essendon (sorry I can't include all of your names!) our most heartfelt thanks. You did that one thing we didn't necessarily expect from a childcare centre - really got to know and care about our little one for the sparky individual she is.
Skye D.
Skye D.
11:12 23 Jul 20
It's such a challenging time right now within our current environment with COVID-19. My husband and I just wanted to give a shout out to the new Assistant Centre Manager Marianne and her team of educators. They are all doing such a great job. Their level of care, professionalism along with their ability to communicate effectively certainly gives that confidence we need as parents when leaving our son in their care. We recently transitioned from another centre and wish we did this much sooner, they have made our transition effortless always going above and beyond to make it easy when our son suffers with separation anxiety. Thank you to Marianne and the team!
JCF
JCF
05:28 23 Jul 20
Both my kids attend (my daughter for 3 years now) and we are really happy there. The educators are welcoming, friendly, great with kids and adapt to their individual needs. I have always felt comfortable talking with the educators and or managers if i have needed to address something. Bianca the Manager (or most recent manager) was fantastic and really made great changes - otherwise, i think we would have changed places with the manager who was running it before (over 3 years ago now). It's a humble daycare and most importantly, our kids are happy, learning and enjoy going.
Maria L.
Maria L.
08:48 17 Feb 19
Best centre for children
Jane G.
Jane G.
06:01 09 Feb 19
We have found the Centre Manager Bianca, to be amazing! We have had our daughter there for 2 years and she sufers with separation anxiety. But Bianca and the caring Educators have always made sure that our drops offs have gone smoothly and Bianca has ensured that the communication channels are open at all times.She runs a fabulous centre and is a very professional operator!
Jennifer C.
Jennifer C.
07:38 24 Jul 18
Melissa C.
Melissa C.
13:01 04 Apr 18
10 star trulyMy daughter has attended the Essedon Early Learning Centre for almost a year and currently still attends.She is currently attending 5 days a week nearly 55 out of 60 hours in 5 days so this is her and my second home one would say.Each and every day my child comes home and I can see the quality of Education she is receiving from all the fantastic educators that teach her in her early learning to the chef that provides the perfectly cooked nutritious meals each day for her to the amazing management staff that organise everything and make everything possibleTruly inspirational the way they always keep us informed of everything that is upcoming and present to keep the highest standards both personally and professionally when representing the centre.Especially Bianca the centre managerShe is the perfect person to represent this Centre I could not be happier with everything that she has done and continues to do for my childs development.I respect each and every person that works in the Centre my daughter loves attending and rarely wants to leaveeach and every educator had had an impact on my daughter's life and I can highly recommend this early learning centre and my child will attend here until she goes to primary school that is certaincould not be happier⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Essam R.
Essam R.
08:03 04 Apr 18
We have moved to this place this year and so far our daughter is having a great experience. The place is well equipped with a big range of activities for the kids on a daily basis. Also the educators are very good as well as the centre management which we found them very helpful during the signing up process and later on with handling all of queries. The working hours and the fact that they are only off on public holidays is handy specially around the Christmas holidays.
Tim J.
Tim J.
08:24 03 Jan 24
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  • Our Centre features an exciting outdoor space designed for children to explore and ignite their imaginations, complete with a water pump, a wooden fort, and vibrant vegetable gardens.
  • We have availability across all ages on certain days. Let's work together to find the best schedule for your family.
  • Give your child a head start with our kindergarten program run by university-qualified teachers. Enjoy the extended hours of long day care. Plus, get up to $2,050 for 3 and 4-year-olds in fee support on top of the Childcare Subsidy to help with the cost of kindergarten.

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

Guardian Childcare & Education Essendon 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.

Hours

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

Address

138 Hoffmans Road
Essendon, VIC, 3040


Welcome to our Centre

Guardian Childcare & Education Essendon is located near Strathmore, Brunswick West, Maribyrnong and Niddrie; making it a great option for local families wanting high-quality childcare close to home or on the way to the CBD for work. Our light-filled and spacious long day care Centre in Essendon has a resident pet turtle and guinea pigs, a water pump, a fort, vegetable gardens, and a range of age-specific studios and spaces.

Our Centre is rated Exceeding! What does that mean? 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.

At Guardian Essendon children are encouraged to explore and learn, with the added benefit of a our Kindergarten Program led by quality teachers who are there to help prepare your child for the exciting transition to school. In fact, Preschoolers at Guardian Essendon were recently treated with an Indigenous Art and Music Lessons as part of the curriculum.

Our Essendon childcare centre offers:

  • Quality learning programs such as Joy of Reading, Cooking and Sustainability
  • Extensive outdoor space for children to explore
  • On-site Chef providing fresh snacks and meals daily
  • Highly experienced Educators and degree-qualified Teachers
  • Nappies, SPF 50+ sunscreen, high-quality formula and bed linen provided
  • Extended hours of care each weekday from 6.30am to 6.30pm

The Victorian Government offers funding to provide families up to 15 hours of Free Kindergarten a week, in addition to the Childcare Subsidy. The funding offsets the fees for three and four-year-old children that are part of the Centre’s long day care Kindergarten program. Families will save up to $2,050 a year for children aged three years old and above in eligible long day cares in 2024. Ask us for more information when you visit our Centre.

As part of our unique Visible Learning Program, families have the chance to gain an in-depth understanding of their child’s learning. Easily accessible for families, our Learning Exchange Display provides the opportunity for our Teachers and Educators to share with you any updates on their progress every day. You will also have the chance to share with us your own personal goals and visions for us to implement, having 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.

Children get out and about on excursions into the local Essendon community, including cafes, fruit shops, pet stores, and supermarkets. Our community-minded team also organise a range of fundraising events for the children to be involved in.

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

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

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Meet our Centre Manager

Guardian Childcare & Education Essendon Centre Manager Image

Jane Li

"I prioritize creating a safe and stimulating space that encourages curiosity, creativity, and exploration, while also instilling important values such as empathy, respect, and resilience."

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

At Guardian, we’re confident you’ll find Guardian Childcare & Education Essendon an ideal place for your child to spend their early years with our friendly and passionate team of educators. Our centre is clean, safe, environmentally friendly and conveniently located.

We have high educator to child ratios allowing educators and families to work together to ensure a happy and productive time while children are in our care. All of our team members 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 early learning curriculum and school readiness program fits within the Commonwealth Government’s Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standards.

We cater our services at the centre to make life easier for our busy families. This includes nutritionally balanced meals prepared by our own chef in our centre kitchen, and the provision of all necessities such as nappies, sunscreen and bedding for nap times.

Looking for more early learning and childcare centres in VIC? We have dozens of centres all around Australia, so even if you change jobs or move house, there’s bound to be a Guardian centre near you.

Centre Highlights

The light-filled and spacious Guardian Essendon Centre has a resident pet turtle and guinea pigs, a water pump, a fort, vegetable gardens, and a range of age-specific studios and spaces.

At Guardian Essendon children are encouraged to explore and learn, with the added benefit of a Kindergarten Program led by quality teachers who are there to help prepare your child for the exciting transition to school. In fact, Preschoolers at Guardian Essendon were recently treated with an Indigenous Art and Music Lessons as part of the curriculum.

Reviews from Google

4.1
(22)
Jodie E.
Jodie E.
22:19 31 Jan 24
The staff are all very caring and supportive. From the office staff, to the educators, the teachers and not to forget the wonderful cook...everyone is quite nice and supportive with parents and the children. The learning has been wonderful for both our children and they have flourished. We love this centre and highly recommend it to families.
ANN MARIA J.
ANN MARIA J.
02:10 22 Dec 23
Maria C.
Maria C.
11:01 30 Nov 23
Wonderful childcare centre, my children love going to childcare, great caring staff, great peace of mind for me knowing my kids are well taken care of when I'm at work. My kids are engaged, stimulated and learning lots!
Deanna
Deanna
02:49 22 Nov 23
My husband and are very thankful for the wonderful team at Guardian Childcare Essendon!Our little one started at the centre when he was 11 months old. This was our first time using a childcare facility and we found the transition to be smooth due to the fabulous support of the team at Guardian Essendon!The team spent time getting to know our little one through orientation and over time, they have adjusted their approach in line with his developmental milestones to help him settle in.Their communication with us has been fantastic. They have encouraged us to keep the open line of communication with them. We are never left worrying about how our little one is going.We love that they provide a large variety of learning experiences for the little ones there . There are a combination of indoor activities, singing and outdoor play. We see the joy our little one experiences being there with the huge smile on his face. He loves it!To the wonderful team at Guardian Essendon and especially the nursery educators, thank you for your wonderful care, support and warmth you show families. We appreciate it very much.
Giulz S.
Giulz S.
06:59 10 May 23
CHI Z.
CHI Z.
02:31 23 Dec 22
My kids have attended Guardian Essendon for more than a year. The services provided by the centre is well above nearby centres as we have tried a few in the area over the last 5 years.Some of the amazing things about this centre are:- The centre manager is so kind and would always respond to all emails/requests in a timely manner. She will offer help and be flexible with arrangements if she can.- They have educators who have been with the centre for many years. My daughter's educator in the toddler room this year is a super star, she comes up with the most creative and amazing activities for the kids, as well as a high quality educational program that really teach kids some vital skills.- Communication from the centre's management and the educators is the best I've experienced. They would let you know in advance about staff arrangements, special events and any issues with your kids. They also share regular updates of the kids development. I just received my daughter's end of year book, the pages are so thoughtfully created with lots of beautiful photos and information, it really brought tears to my eyes reading through it.And if you ask my kids who is their favorite person, they will always say the educators' name!
Breanna M.
Breanna M.
04:47 13 Sep 22
Thanks Marianne and the team for always taking such good care of my girls. It makes leaving them each day a little easier knowing they are with really good people who genuinely care for them.
Shannon G.
Shannon G.
07:49 26 Oct 21
All of the educators are lovely and our daughter loves them all. When we were choosing a childcare for our daughter we wanted to see how she responded to the environment. The minute she went straight to Jess we knew she would be in good hands and it was where she wanted to be. We love the centre
Kylie S.
Kylie S.
02:09 09 Apr 21
I have nothing but thanks and praise for the wonderful team at Guardian Childcare Essendon! My little one started there when she was just 9 months old - and being a co-vid baby, I knew it would be a BIG adjustment for her. It was a big adjustment - but couldn't have possibly gone more smoothly than it did with the fabulous educators there!The whole team spent so much time getting to know my little one in all her particularities, so they could really adjust their approach around sleep, feeding, and bottles to help her settle in there. This was no small task, yet with patience and good humour they accomplished it.Their communication with us was amazing (faultless really) throughout. I was never left worrying how my little one was doing (a blessing when you're back to work and need that certainty of knowing your bub is safe, well and cared for).I also love that they provide so much exploratory learning for the little ones there - plus loads of indoor and outdoor play. It's messy, joyful, and the kids just love it!To Monica (educator extraordinaire!), Kaya, Marianne, Jess R, Jess, E, Joyce and all the wonderful team at Guardian Essendon (sorry I can't include all of your names!) our most heartfelt thanks. You did that one thing we didn't necessarily expect from a childcare centre - really got to know and care about our little one for the sparky individual she is.
Skye D.
Skye D.
11:12 23 Jul 20
It's such a challenging time right now within our current environment with COVID-19. My husband and I just wanted to give a shout out to the new Assistant Centre Manager Marianne and her team of educators. They are all doing such a great job. Their level of care, professionalism along with their ability to communicate effectively certainly gives that confidence we need as parents when leaving our son in their care. We recently transitioned from another centre and wish we did this much sooner, they have made our transition effortless always going above and beyond to make it easy when our son suffers with separation anxiety. Thank you to Marianne and the team!
JCF
JCF
05:28 23 Jul 20
Both my kids attend (my daughter for 3 years now) and we are really happy there. The educators are welcoming, friendly, great with kids and adapt to their individual needs. I have always felt comfortable talking with the educators and or managers if i have needed to address something. Bianca the Manager (or most recent manager) was fantastic and really made great changes - otherwise, i think we would have changed places with the manager who was running it before (over 3 years ago now). It's a humble daycare and most importantly, our kids are happy, learning and enjoy going.
Maria L.
Maria L.
08:48 17 Feb 19
Best centre for children
Jane G.
Jane G.
06:01 09 Feb 19
We have found the Centre Manager Bianca, to be amazing! We have had our daughter there for 2 years and she sufers with separation anxiety. But Bianca and the caring Educators have always made sure that our drops offs have gone smoothly and Bianca has ensured that the communication channels are open at all times.She runs a fabulous centre and is a very professional operator!
Jennifer C.
Jennifer C.
07:38 24 Jul 18
Melissa C.
Melissa C.
13:01 04 Apr 18
10 star trulyMy daughter has attended the Essedon Early Learning Centre for almost a year and currently still attends.She is currently attending 5 days a week nearly 55 out of 60 hours in 5 days so this is her and my second home one would say.Each and every day my child comes home and I can see the quality of Education she is receiving from all the fantastic educators that teach her in her early learning to the chef that provides the perfectly cooked nutritious meals each day for her to the amazing management staff that organise everything and make everything possibleTruly inspirational the way they always keep us informed of everything that is upcoming and present to keep the highest standards both personally and professionally when representing the centre.Especially Bianca the centre managerShe is the perfect person to represent this Centre I could not be happier with everything that she has done and continues to do for my childs development.I respect each and every person that works in the Centre my daughter loves attending and rarely wants to leaveeach and every educator had had an impact on my daughter's life and I can highly recommend this early learning centre and my child will attend here until she goes to primary school that is certaincould not be happier⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Essam R.
Essam R.
08:03 04 Apr 18
We have moved to this place this year and so far our daughter is having a great experience. The place is well equipped with a big range of activities for the kids on a daily basis. Also the educators are very good as well as the centre management which we found them very helpful during the signing up process and later on with handling all of queries. The working hours and the fact that they are only off on public holidays is handy specially around the Christmas holidays.
Tim J.
Tim J.
08:24 03 Jan 24
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