Guardian Childcare & Education Preston

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5.0
(15)
Jessie R.
Jessie R.
08:41 28 May 24
Caring, attentive, family feel
Juan Rodriguez (.
Juan Rodriguez (.
01:46 22 Apr 24
Mary S.
Mary S.
11:40 26 Feb 24
Great welcoming and caring childcare. My son settled very quickly and he loves going to Guardian. Thank you for your great work.
Elissa K.
Elissa K.
09:37 23 Jan 24
Jack F.
Jack F.
21:36 28 Nov 23
Yao Y.
Yao Y.
03:00 09 May 23
My daughter really enjoys here. I'm very happy with that.
Irene T.
Irene T.
02:47 18 Apr 23
Adam L.
Adam L.
03:13 30 Aug 22
Engaged carers and staff. Always friendly and always open to conversation regarding care.
Amy T.
Amy T.
04:33 01 Aug 22
Home away from home , we love this centre
Dani M.
Dani M.
04:33 28 Jun 22
D
D
04:29 20 Apr 22
My daughter attended this day care for roughly 2.5 years, over this time the love, care and attention to details in her learning and development was expectational.  The team took so much time to understand her challenges and strengths as well as any issues that arose such as nappy rash, general accidents grazing her knees in the play area were always handled with the greatest level of sensitivity, professionalism and respectfully to my parental wishes and instructions. All the team worked so hard and as a result I saw my daughter gained momentous amount of confidence, understanding and beautiful friendships within the centre. I was so emotional to pull her out of the centre I almost cried on her last day as I dropped her off, but as we moved to a different part of Melbourne I was unable to continue her preschool education here. I highly recommend this centre with the greatest confidence.
Lauren K.
Lauren K.
03:13 19 Apr 22
These guys are amazing. The educators and administration staff alike are all extremely welcoming, warm and helpful. We love the community that they've created. You can really tell how much they all care for each of the kids.
Anna
Anna
04:18 19 Oct 21
Meena N.
Meena N.
02:43 19 Oct 21
J N.
J N.
07:48 20 Mar 19
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  • Regular incursions including music, sport and Italian; our culturally diverse team reflect our local community, speaking a variety of languages
  • Places available across all ages on specific days. Reach out to see how we can fit into your family's routine
  • Experience the best of both worlds with our two-year kindergarten program: school readiness combined with the convenience of long day care. Plus, get up to $2,050 for 3 and 4-year-olds in fee support on top of the Childcare Subsidy to help with the cost of kindergarten

Come and see the Centre for yourself, meet the team and have all your questions answered. Book a tour today.

Guardian Childcare & Education Preston NQS Rated Exceeding by ACECQA

Our centre has been recognised as ‘Exceeding’ the National Quality Standard. This is the highest rating you can receive from a regulatory authority assessment and we are proud to deliver an exceptional service to the children and families who attend our centre.

Hours

Mon to Fri 6:30am to 6:30pm

Address

418 Murray Road
Preston, VIC, 3072


Welcome to our Centre

Guardian Childcare & Education Preston is a beautiful Centre in a heritage-listed mansion, and features the building’s original façade, thriving gardens, a huge grapevine, music classes, and a range of learning spaces and play areas, filled with high quality resources.

Our Guardian Preston childcare boasts renovated outdoor spaces, a treehouse fort, water pumps, creek beds and natural play structures, children are encouraged to explore and learn at their own pace. The Centre also offers a two-year funded Kindergarten Program, delivered by degree-qualified Teachers, to help prepare your child for the exciting transition to primary school. Our Kindergarten program, in a long day care setting, is aligned with the Early Years Framework.

Our engaging, resource-rich environments include:

  • High quality learning programs to inspire curiosity, creativity and a sense of belonging
  • Indoor learning spaces and outdoor play spaces, all filled with fun, play-based educational resources
  • Nutritious meals and snacks are prepared fresh, on-site by our amazing Cooks and Chefs
  • Nappies, SPF 50+ sunscreen, high-quality formula, and bed linen all provided

We are proud to have a culturally diverse team and we take pride in celebrating a variety of cultures and holidays throughout the year. In addition, the children at our Preston early learning centre get out and about on regular excursions to Preston Market, our local café and the neighbouring park, where we enjoy wonderful connections to the local community. We keep families up to date with our activities through our communication app StoryPark.

Our on-site Chef prepares five nutritionally balanced meals using seasonal ingredients each day. To further explore food at the Centre, Educators host regular hands-on cooking experiences for the children to extend on their knowledge of nutrition, encouraging them to try new tastes and textures!

The Victorian Government offers funding to provide families up to 15 hours of Free Kindergarten a week, in addition to the Childcare Subsidy. The funding offsets the fees for three and four-year-old children that are part of the Centre’s long day care Kindergarten program. Families will save up to $2,050 a year for children aged three years old and above in eligible long day cares in 2024. Ask us for more information when you visit our Centre. 

If you’re looking for high-quality child care in Preston that supports each child to grow and thrive, let’s get started!

Begin an exciting learning journey at Guardian Preston today. Book a tour to explore the Centre, or speak to our team.

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Meet our Centre Manager

Guardian Childcare & Education Preston Centre Manager Image

Elizabeth Joao

" I believe early childhood is about challenging children by helping them communicate with the world and to prepare them to overcome any obstacle presented in their future".

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 6:30am to 6:30pm
Monday to Friday

Good to Know - What to Bring

What we Provide

  • Nappies and wipes
  • Bed linen
  • Guardian hat
  • SPF 50+ sunscreen
  • High quality baby formula
  • All nutritious meals and snacks

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Spare change of clothing, labelled
  • Soft toy or comfort blanket for nap time
  • Baby's bottles for formula or breastmilk

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.

More about Guardian Preston

Guardian Childcare & Education Preston is located in a heritage listed mansion, with original Victorian era frontage and an updated interior. We often receive feedback that our beautiful old building feels home-like, which helps to support children settling into the service. Outside we have generous spaces for each age group. Our babies enjoy an undercover decking space and sandpit oasis in their yard. For the kinder children, a large U-shaped yard houses a tanbark climbing space, sand pit, mud pit, water tanks and edible gardens.

The doors are open in each room throughout the year regardless of weather, and the children are encouraged to move between the indoor and outdoor environments. This allows them to experience different spaces, promoting a sense of community between neighbouring rooms and encouraging socialisation and exploration.

Each day we provide the children with breakfast, morning tea, a cooked lunch, afternoon tea, and an evening snack. The meals contain a variety of flavours, colours and textures, encouraging the children to try new things from a young age. Many different cultures are reflected in our meals, and our seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables provide nutrition and great taste.

Our child care centre is very active in the local community and hold a number of family and community events each year, from family meet and greet evenings and centre open days to family social nights, play days in the park, and visits to the local school and nursing home. We welcome families to contribute their ideas, skills, hobbies and interests to our programs. Not only does this help to bridge the gap between home and child care, but it also supports the children’s confidence, independence and relationships.

Our educators work very closely with families, ensuring that communication is open at all tims. We are always available to talk about your child’s progress, achievements and learning at the centre, and can touch base with you during the day for reassurance that your child is in safe and capable hands.

Guardian Preston has a fully-funded Kindergarten Program run by degree qualified teachers. Our focus in the kinder program is developing the children’s social and emotional readiness; as well as teaching them important life skills. Our kinder programs incorporate a school readiness program that aids in the transition from kinder to school.

At Guardian Preston your child will be in environment designed to inspire curiosity, foster creativity and support discovery. Their early learning will be facilitated by educators and a curriculum that supports them in developing the skills to thrive in a rapidly changing world.  

A love of learning. Confidence. Curiosity. Guardian Preston is a place for early learning where children can thrive. At Guardian Preston we: 

  • Believe early learning should be fun. Through play, a child’s curiosity and imagination come alive as they explore and understand their world at their own pace. 
  • Put children at the centre of their growth. Play-based experiences and structured learning support the development of language, literacy and numeracy skills as part of the Altona North Kindergarten Program. 
  • Make sure you love coming to Guardian as much as your children. You’ll meet a team of educators passionate about your child’s learning and development at every age and stage. 

We have a large team who together have created a wonderful community with our families and children over the years. This makes our childcare centre feel like home when you arrive, with laughter and constant chit chats with families a point of pride for us. 

Children are provided with a wide range of resources and materials to inspire their learning and development. We focus on real-world, ‘open-ended’ materials that encourage creativity, problem-solving and physical development. This type of play launches children into an environment where the learning opportunities are endless.  

We’re also dedicated to health and wellbeing at Guardian Preston. The health, safety and wellbeing of our people – big and small – is always our highest priority. We know parents are busy, so our policies – whilst grounded in safety – also consider life’s practicalities. 

In addition, educating children about the importance of healthy eating and wellbeing is an important part of early childhood development. We believe in providing a positive eating environment that reflects dietary requirements, cultural and family values, and promotes lifelong learning for children. 

Areas that this Centre services

Guardian Preston services a number of local areas, including: Coburg, Heidelberg, Bellfield, Thornbury, Northcote, Regent and Reservoir. 

Reviews from Google

5.0
(15)
Jessie R.
Jessie R.
08:41 28 May 24
Caring, attentive, family feel
Juan Rodriguez (.
Juan Rodriguez (.
01:46 22 Apr 24
Mary S.
Mary S.
11:40 26 Feb 24
Great welcoming and caring childcare. My son settled very quickly and he loves going to Guardian. Thank you for your great work.
Elissa K.
Elissa K.
09:37 23 Jan 24
Jack F.
Jack F.
21:36 28 Nov 23
Yao Y.
Yao Y.
03:00 09 May 23
My daughter really enjoys here. I'm very happy with that.
Irene T.
Irene T.
02:47 18 Apr 23
Adam L.
Adam L.
03:13 30 Aug 22
Engaged carers and staff. Always friendly and always open to conversation regarding care.
Amy T.
Amy T.
04:33 01 Aug 22
Home away from home , we love this centre
Dani M.
Dani M.
04:33 28 Jun 22
D
D
04:29 20 Apr 22
My daughter attended this day care for roughly 2.5 years, over this time the love, care and attention to details in her learning and development was expectational.  The team took so much time to understand her challenges and strengths as well as any issues that arose such as nappy rash, general accidents grazing her knees in the play area were always handled with the greatest level of sensitivity, professionalism and respectfully to my parental wishes and instructions. All the team worked so hard and as a result I saw my daughter gained momentous amount of confidence, understanding and beautiful friendships within the centre. I was so emotional to pull her out of the centre I almost cried on her last day as I dropped her off, but as we moved to a different part of Melbourne I was unable to continue her preschool education here. I highly recommend this centre with the greatest confidence.
Lauren K.
Lauren K.
03:13 19 Apr 22
These guys are amazing. The educators and administration staff alike are all extremely welcoming, warm and helpful. We love the community that they've created. You can really tell how much they all care for each of the kids.
Anna
Anna
04:18 19 Oct 21
Meena N.
Meena N.
02:43 19 Oct 21
J N.
J N.
07:48 20 Mar 19
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