Guardian Childcare & Education Mentone East

(Formerly Creative Beginnings)

Guardian Childcare & Education Mentone East (formerly Creative Beginnings) is rated exceeding in the National Quality Standard. The modern yet homely Centre boasts lots of native trees, herb and vegetable gardens, creek beds, water play areas, and a range of age-specific spaces where our programs come to life.

The community-minded team have a great connection with Mentone Park Primary, who invite the kindergarten children over daily to use their prep playground. This is a natural extension of the Centre’s Kindergarten Program which is led by quality teachers who are there to help prepare your child for the exciting transition to school.

The children get out and about on regular excursions into the local community, including Mentone Reserve, which the children fondly refer to as the ‘Duck Park’, and is within walking distance from the Centre.

Our on-site chef, Kim, 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.

Begin the adventure at Guardian Mentone East today by booking a tour to explore the Centre or speaking to 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

Fee Information

Age Group Daily Fee
Under 3 Years $135.00*
Over 3 Years $135.00*

*Price before the government rebate. To calculate what Child Care Subsidy you might get back, click here.

Good to Know - What to Bring

What we Provide

  • Sunscreen
  • Five nutritionally balanced meals including: Breakfast, Lunch, Morning and Afternoon tea and a late Snack at the end of the day
  • Nappies
  • Bibs
  • Bedding

What to Bring

  • Hats
  • Formula and bottles
  • Soft toy or comfort blanket for nap time
  • Spare change of clothing

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.

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Rated Exceeding National Quality Standard

Our well-equipped centre offers a rich variety of stimulating indoor and outdoor learning experiences so our children can explore many different environments and situations. In our spacious and naturally focused outdoor areas, children enjoy playing and relaxing in the shade or tending to our vegetable and herb gardens. We encourage learning about sustainability and nature through recycling and composting food scraps.

Many of our caring, friendly and experienced Educators live in the local area and enjoy building close relationships with our families and the local community.

Our nursery is designed to help children feel happy and secure in a caring and nurturing environment where they experience a variety of developmentally appropriate activities. Our toddlers enjoy a range engaging and stimulating experiences to explore throughout the day, stimulating their self-help skills and develop a growing appreciation of the natural world around them.

The Pre-Kinder and Kinder programs focus on play-led learning, encouraging children to develop their interests and explore their identity through play, arts, literature, music and movement. We ensure our children are happy and settled when engaged in open-ended learning experiences and partner with our neighbouring primary school to help ensure a smoother transition to formal learning.

The Kinder children use the prep playground daily as well as utilising the library, open plan classrooms and science room. Our Kinder teacher works around the school’s schedule to ensure the children can use these rooms when they are vacant. This process assists the children to engage and become familiar in a school environment before entering primary school.

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.

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