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"Children never fail to make me laugh with their beautiful personalities and innocent view of the world."
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.
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
Learn More About Our Centre
Our internal and external environments provide children with endless opportunities for exploration and discovery. Guardian Childcare & Education McKinnon also boasts:
- An on-site kitchen that prepares healthy and delicious meals
- Cooking classes
- Dance and music classes
- Herb and veggie garden
- Three and four year old kinder programs
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!
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.
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As a mum of 4 .. I’ve seen a lot that goes on at many childcare centres. We have been so grateful to have found Guardian in Mckinnon a few years ago. I’ve had 3 kids there and will be sad when my little girl has to leave next year. The staff have always catered to the needs and flexibility of our family. The learning and support is wonderful and they have always keep a high standard of safety and care. Highly recommend.
We are always made to feel welcome and feel the educators and teachers are on top of what's happened in the day for our child. Documentation is current in and around the rooms, all communal spaces are well defined and have purpose, management team are awesome!
09:53 15 Nov 22
We absolutely love Guardian McKinnon as the CM Maxine there is exceptional and lovely. My son's educators Surbhi and Stephanie are amazing at what they do. The care given to my son is just amazing. He's very happy going to daycare.
Very nice and professional!
We have recently transferred to Guardian McKinnon and we are so glad to have found this centre. The Educators are so lovely and welcoming to both our kids, we are always informed of how their days went and we love to see all the updates via Storypark.Definitely very happy with our decision to send out kids here !
My kids have been in the center for more than a year and they are thriving there. The educators ,admin staff are very attentive to the kids needs as well as parents needs. The manager, Maxin is very supportive and caring. The center is very modern with plenty of outdoor and indoor play activity. I would highly recommend the center.
Great care for our two girls - the staff (in room educators, office staff and specially the chef too!) are all amazing, particularly with the kids. They also work exceptionally hard to make pickups and drop offs a breeze. great place, I recommend it.
My daughter has been at Guardian Mckinnon for more than 1 year. Staffs, Educators are very nice and friendly. Centre is clean, equipped and modern. Children has variety, fresh and yummy food everyday by Chef.I can see developments in skills and confidence of my daughter. She enjoys every moment in her childcare day through the pictures posted by Educators.Would definitely recommend to other families.
We transferred to Guardian at the start of the year from a centre our two year old thrived and loved. I was incredibly anxious about her starting at a new place, and how her transition would go. We couldn’t be happier, she walks in and loves saying hi to everyone and could not be happier. Her language has developed quickly, and the staff and management genuinely care. Could not recommend higher!
Arianna Moon K.
23:16 09 Jun 22
It is an excellent child care. My daughter gets looked after really well by carers. All staff members including the centre manager, chef and of course the carers are very friendly and easy to approach. Thank you.
Kind and caring child care centre with excellent carers and support team who have built up strong relationships with our whole family.
My child has been in the centre since 18 months old and we love this child care. The staff are friendly and caring and facilities are new. They’ve also got sports every week. The catering is great and kids love it. Would definitely recommend to families.
04:37 09 Jun 22
My son has been in Guardian McKinnon for about one year. He is really enjoying and love it. Can see his daily skills development. Definitely recommend.
My son has been attending Guardian McKinnon for over a year, starting in nursery and now in the toddler room, he has learned so much and absolutely adores his educators. The staff are so caring and supportive, I couldn't ask for better people to be educating my son and helping him grow into the best version of himself. The educators keep the families up to date with photos via the Storypark app and always take the time to write detailed stories about what the children have done that day.
I would like to tell someone who is looking for a good childcare in McKinnon area....I am a grandmother of Claire Liu. Over one year I was taking Claire to childcare in the morning and sometimes picking up from there in the afternoon. From inside the classrooms to outside the building throughout, I just felt every one, everything, everywhere making me real happy, warmth and so clean .... Especially I must mention Claire‘s teachers Kashish, Lenny and Jessie. They are extremely enthusiastic for their job! I told them that I must promote all of you and this childcare does fantastic things. If nobody encourage good people isn’t fair for the business too!Today I am very pleased to write this review and post it on public area to let people know what the best childcare supposed to be👍Many thanks for Kids Time 👍
My two boys have been attending here for over 2 years and love it. The educators in each room are exceptional, and their tenure is long lasting, which is a great reflection on the centre as a whole. The range of learning experiences on offer for all kids is incredible. We could not recommend Guardian McKinnon more highly :)
Guardian McKinnon is an amazing childcare. They strive to create a wonderful environment, as soon as you walk in the doors you know your kids are going to be well looked after.The friendly reception area are always so helpful, they know all the children and parents.The educators are incredible. So caring, and the activities they have set up for the kids are always wonderful. They are extremely thoughtful and put so much effort into making sure the kids feel at home, and relaxed.I’m jealous of the food they get! Amazing quality and again, so well planned.Everything about guardian is incredible and I feel so thankful I found them for my children.
My 4 year old and 1 year old attend Guardian McKinnnon 4 days a week. Both have flourished both developmentally and in confidence since commencing. All the educators have been amazing - great local childcare centre - Highly recommend!
We love going to Guardian, my little girl has been there since 3 months old. I felt very comfortable leaving her with the educators, she is now 15 months old and absolutely loves going there. She runs in and is happy to see everyone which makes me have less (mum guilt) about taking her. All the staff even from other rooms know her name and say hello and good bye as we come and go which makes us feel so welcomed and that the whole centre actually cares about each child not just the ones in their rooms.Highly recommend
Our son started at The Guardian in McKinnon in January and he loves it, the educators are so kind and caring, our son goes 3 days a weeks there is always such a warm welcome by Maxine, Leigh and Isobel when we arrive. Our son has huge smiles when he sees the educators in the fairy penguin room. We know he’s having a wonderful time everyday and they get beautiful fresh cooked meals everyday. I’d highly recommend this childcare.
The love the carers show for the kids makes this centre different from the other childcares centres in the area. My daughter joined the centre when she was 6 months old. I couldn't have asked for a better support group! The carers treated her like their own. The strong bond the cares build with not only my daughter, but all the children at the centre is the reason why all the kids rather be at the centre than home :) . Its a great sense of comfort for the parents to know their kids will be in a nurturing environment just like home.
My son has been attending this centre for over a year. We have had a great experience with all staff members, the highlights of the centre are: caring, friendly and approchable educators that go above and beyond their job, good communication with families, great modern facility with plenty of space and learning opportunities, individual attention and a genuine interest in children's wellbeing and development. :-)
Our daughter has been attending this centre for the past 2 years. The instructors and management are kind, knowledgable and reliable. Our daughter loves going there and has developed great relationship with the instructors and other kids. We visited few other places before deciding on Guardian and we are happy that we have made the right choice.
Lovely staff and lovely facilities. They have a wonderful range of activities for the children. My children have really enjoyed their time there and learnt so much.
My kids love the centre activities and have a ball there. Staff are always so lovely to the children and you can tell they really care about their development.
I love our childcare centre. My boys love (and loved) going there every day, they learn so much and every day is varied and packed full of fun and learning. I love that everything is documented and photographed and by lunchtime or afternoon I can see everything that they get up to. The educators are all so caring and look after the kids so well. Management are responsive, helpful and flexible. I have no hesitation recommending our centre to everyone.
We transitioned recently into Guardian McKinnon from another childcare and have had nothing but a wonderful and supportive experience with the educators and the senior management. Our little one has settled in so well all due to the care taken by her new educators who focused on ensuring she felt at ease the moment she started her orientation.
My children have always enjoyed this centre and formed many bonds with the staff over the years. The staff are always friendly, professional, reliable, and helpful. This centre is more than a business, it’s been a community for our family. It’s been a pleasure and help having my children at Guardian McKinnon.
Hock Oon T.
03:48 08 Oct 20
Pretty pleased the centre. My son attended the centre and had a great time when he was there. He was always very fond of the educators he had.
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