"Children never fail to make me laugh with their beautiful personalities and innocent view of the world."
Guardian Childcare & Education McKinnon boasts a range of resource-rich environments, including water play areas, a vegetable garden, and natural climbing structures where children are encouraged to explore and learn. The Centre is a convenient choice for families living in and around McKinnon, Bentleigh, Brighton East and Ormond.
Guardian McKinnon is a light-filled and spacious childcare Centre with incredible learning facilities, including an outdoor music space, French lessons, and weekly cooking classes for parents to support our partnership with families and to help you continue great nutrition into the home
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 McKinnon, 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.
Our diverse team of Educators celebrate a variety of cultures and holidays throughout the year, which gives the children an appreciation for diversity and the world around them. Our programs also include teaching the Kindergarten children sign language.
Our on-site cook prepares five nutritionally balanced meals using seasonal ingredients every day. The children and Educators at Guardian McKinnon often collect vegetables and herbs from the Centre garden to add to the daily meals and use in hands-on and educational cooking classes.
Begin the adventure at Guardian McKinnon today by booking a tour to explore the Centre or speaking with one of our team.Read More
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.
Handover time with children, families and our friendly Educators. There’s a chance to share what’s important for the day and any news from home.
Breakfast time where families are welcome to stay and enjoy breakfast with the children.
An opportunity to play and discover with open-plan play in family groups and multi-age groupings.
Planned experiences. This is where the Guardian difference comes to life. Alongside our Educators your child’s exploration leads to learnings in numeracy, literacy, language, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, social skills, technology, creative arts and much more.
An opportunity for children to come together for a healthy snack, often they help prepare their food alongside our carers and cook.
Individually tailored to your child’s needs and curiosity the planned experiences continue, this includes both indoor and outdoor programs.
Another nutritious meal expertly prepared by our cook. Families are invited to join the children for meals and excursions if they wish.
If your child wants to, or needs to sleep, it’s time to rest and recharge. For children who don’t need to rest the planned experiences continue, in most cases outdoors.
Another chance for the children to come together and re-fuel in small groups. There is also an opportunity to rest or play together and reflect on the day.
As you arrive to pick up your child, there’s a chance to speak with our Educators and share news about the day. Our Storypark App also allows you to stay in touch 24/7 wherever you are.
End of day
Your child is encouraged to grab a light snack before they leave the centre. We’re mindful of how routines vary, throughout the day if we notice your child looking tired food will be provided.
Open 7:00am to 6:30pm
Monday to Friday
|Age Group||Daily Fee|
|Under 3 years||$145.50*|
|Over 3 Years||$145.50*|
*Price before the government rebate. To calculate what Child Care Subsidy you might get back, click here.
Our internal and external environments provide children with endless opportunities for exploration and discovery. Guardian Childcare & Education McKinnon also boasts:
Kids Time McKinnon believes in providing children with a wide range of experiences to ignite their curiosity, develop their skills and create a lifelong love of learning.
We invite you to book a tour to meet our friendly staff and to see the centre for yourself!
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
Are you interested in participating in our Summer Rain Program? Book a tour today.
To explore the centre, chat with our team of Educators and learn more about our high-quality curriculum, book a tour now.
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Running for approximately 30 minutes, touring a centre is a great way to explore the exciting environments, chat to our Educators and see our high-quality curriculum come to life. It’s also a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
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“It’s not easy to leave your child in the care of someone else, however, from day one I can comfortably say that your staff have always provided the best care for both my children. I always see all the great things they do with the children but most importantly they are always there to comfort the children and take such great care of them.”
– Ivana Dusenjko, Mickleham Road, Vic
"The transition into childcare was made easy by the supportive and compassionate staff. Daily communication (both email and verbal) kept me up to date with my daughter's progress socially, emotionally and intellectually. The 'child centred' approach is amazing; for my child to make connections to her own world and experiences. She loves going.”
– Sarah Collingwood, Jacaranda – Sunnybank, Qld
"“The team are passionate about being early childhood Educators. The environment is filled with many indoor and outdoor activities allowing a child-led development by following their natural interests (inspired by Reggio Emilia). A philosophy we follow in our home. My four-year-old daughter’s language and social skills have improved greatly.””
– Angela K, Lane Cove, NSW
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