"Children never fail to make me laugh with their beautiful personalities and innocent view of the world."
Every day is a new opportunity for discovery and growth at Guardian Childcare & Education McKinnon (formerly Kids Time). With a range of resource-rich environments, including water play areas, a vegetable garden, natural climbing structures, and a range of age-specific ateliers, children are encouraged to explore and learn.
The light-filled and spacious centre also has an outdoor music space, French lessons, weekly cooking classes for parents. As part of our community focus, we’re planning to our excursion program later in 2019, to locations such as our local reserve park.
We are proud to have a diverse team of Educators and celebrate a variety of cultures and holidays throughout the year, including teaching the kinder children sign language.
Our on-site cook prepares five nutritionally balanced meals using seasonal ingredients every day. The children and Educators at Guardian Childcare & Education McKinnon often collect vegetables from the centre’s garden to add to the daily meals and use in cooking classes.
Begin the adventure at Guardian today by booking a tour to explore the centre, chat with our team of Educators and learn more about our high-quality curriculum.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 for conversation to share what's important for the day/what's happened the night before at home.
Breakfast time where families are welcome to stay and enjoy breakfast with the children.
As children are arriving and families are coming and going, there's an opportunity for play as well as family grouping, open-plan play and multi-age grouping.
As the children come together, planned experiences begin. This is where the Guardian programs and practices come to life. Examples of learning include numeracy, literacy, language, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, social skills, technology, science, creative arts, curiosity and more.
There's an opportunity for children to come together and enjoy morning tea.
Following morning tea, the planned experiences continue. This includes both indoor and outdoor programs.
There's an opportunity for children to come together for lunch. With an open-door policy, families are able to join the centre for meals and excursion if they wish.
For children who want to, or need to, there's an opportunity to sleep, rest or relax. For children who don't need to rest, there are planned experiences, which are more likely to be outdoors.
Children come together for afternoon tea in small groups or with siblings (they can also rest and play together, too). This time also presents an opportunity to reflect on the day.
End of the day
As families arrive to pick up children, there's an opportunity to speak to Educators and share information about the day.
End of the day
Some centres offer early tea or light snack at the end of the day, which they can grab as they leave the centre. We’re mindful of how routines vary at home, so if throughout the day, we notice children look 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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