Guardian Childcare & Education McKinnon

(Formerly Kids Time)

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.

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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 7:00am 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
  • Yoga
  • 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.

Reviews from Google (18)

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    Sarah Wahadi

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    Yu Shen

    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 ... Read More

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    Alicia Sherman

    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. ... Read More

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    Jill Soraghan

    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 ... Read More

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    Dani Keating

    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 ... Read More

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    Nicole Knights

    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 ... Read More

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    Jenna Lewis

    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 ... Read More

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    Joan Lyons

    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 ... Read More

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    Gunjan Sharma

    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 ... Read More

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    Giulia Campomizzi

    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 ... Read More

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    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 ... Read More

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    Kate Jacobs

    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.

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    Alan Cook

    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.

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    M Hoff

    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. ... Read More

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    Astha Batra

    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 ... Read More

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    Josiane Lengyel

    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 ... Read More

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    Educators are nice and centre is new and clean.

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    Hock Oon Tan

    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.

Begin the Adventure at Guardian

To explore the centre, chat with our team of Educators and learn more about our high-quality curriculum, book a tour now.