Guardian Childcare & Education Thornbury

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5.0
(14)
Emma F.
Emma F.
03:02 09 Nov 23
Guardian Thornbury is a lovely centre. The educators are all very kind and relaxed, the rooms are friendly and cosy, and there are lots of engaging activities and learning experiences each day. We love the philosophy, the culture and the community of parents we run into each day.
Mieken G.
Mieken G.
21:24 01 Nov 22
Very home like feeling to the center and all the educators are absolutely beautiful
Shannon B.
Shannon B.
03:29 14 Jan 22
Smith St has always felt like a community and a warm, supportive environment for my child, who has been going 3x a week since 9mths. The educators know all the children so well and my child thrives there with the learning experiences.
mieken G.
mieken G.
03:09 26 Oct 21
I couldn't rave more about Guardian Thornbury Smith St daycare more. My child loves all the educators and has formed really close bonds with a few. I always know she will be cuddled when she needs it, looked out for a reassured. With a change in our family dynamic this year the staff have been supportive in helping Rosa adjust to 2 households and I couldn't thank them more. Best educators ever
Rachele P.
Rachele P.
05:14 22 Jan 21
We loved Guardian Thornbury as soon as we visited, and our 2.5yo daughter has blossomed there. The staff are warm, kind and genuinely invested in each child; they know their preferences, habits and temperaments, and engage with them as individuals in carefully planned learning activities. The indoor and outdoor spaces are beautiful and homely; the management is excellent; and there's a real sense of community. An exceptional centre!
Monique P.
Monique P.
04:21 03 Dec 20
We are so pleased with Smith Street. Our 4 year old and 2 1/2 year old boys have been going since 18 months old and they both love going each week. We love the variety of activities they have everyday and the care they are given. The staff are welcoming, kind and have been amazing over the years. I would recommend this childcare to anyone in the area.
Liam W.
Liam W.
01:11 03 Dec 20
My wife & I loved this Childcare centre from the moment we first visited. Our son has been going there for a year now and has enjoyed every minute of it. The Centre Manager is so friendly, accommodating & responsive to our family's needs. The Educators are all really lovely and work closely with all of the children to attend to and develop their individual needs. The outside play area is great and has had a recent upgrade. Would highly reccommend!
Rebecca W.
Rebecca W.
07:59 02 Dec 20
Very caring and professional educators, lovely outdoor spaces, engaging activities for children, well managed and a great community for families. My daughter has attended the centre for three years and has loved the experience. I would highly recommend.
Ashlee W.
Ashlee W.
22:56 01 Dec 20
Our one year old has been going to Smith street dance he was 6months old, abut wasn’t long before he settled in! He loves going twice a week and we can’t speak highly enough about the educators and management.Would recommend to anyone!
Kirstin H.
Kirstin H.
11:56 01 Dec 20
My kids love going to daycare here, the educators are great and it feels like a big family. The centre itself is lovely with a huge outdoor area for the kids to play.
Kate S.
Kate S.
11:53 01 Dec 20
Excellent childcare centre. The educators are kind, patient and fun. Our kids love their time here and we love being part of this community.
Mary F.
Mary F.
09:58 01 Dec 20
Absolutely love sending my child here. Educators are caring, respectful and really cater for every child's needs. Definately recommend ✅
Karly A.
Karly A.
05:11 01 Dec 20
An exceptional childcare centre. The large outdoor play area, beautifully landscaped with a variety of trees, together with the modern indoor spaces, support a range of different learning activities throughout the day. There is plenty of parking, making drop off and pick up easy for parents. The staff are caring and attentive, and bring a mix of joy, fun and kindness to their interactions with both the children and parents. We love bringing our kids here and feel incredibly lucky to be part of this friendly community.
Heather B.
Heather B.
21:23 26 Mar 18
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  • Children love our vegetable gardens and tree-filled outdoor space. Our amazing educators speak 12 different languages and create a home away from home for children.
  • Limited places available on select days. Contact us today, and we'll do our best to secure a place for your child.
  • Give your child a head start with our kindergarten program run by university-qualified teachers. Enjoy the extended hours 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.

Hours

Mon to Fri 7:00am to 6:00pm

Address

200 Smith Street
Thornbury, VIC, 3071


Welcome to our Centre

Guardian Childcare & Education Thornbury is one of more than 40 high-quality Guardian Childcare Centres across Victoria. The spacious and light-filled Centre boasts a range of resource-rich environments, including spacious outdoor areas, natural climbing structures and alfresco dining where the children enjoy meals alongside their peers and educators.

Guardian Thornbury also features a beautiful old tree, high ceilings, a wooden cubby house, herb and vegetable gardens, worm farms, pet chickens, and a range of age-specific play areas where our exciting programs come to life and children are encouraged to play, explore and learn.

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 Thornbury 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.

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. 

Our on-site cook prepares nutritious and delicious meals using seasonal ingredients every day, and the children have the opportunity to participate in regular hands-on cooking classes using ingredients harvested from our very own herb and vegetable gardens.

Begin the adventure at Guardian Thornbury today by booking a tour to explore our high-quality Centre, or speak to one of our friendly team.

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Meet our Centre Manager

Guardian Childcare & Education Thornbury Centre Manager Image

Sara Schepis

“Having a nurturing environment for our children to learn and grow while providing support for our families is what keeps a smile on my face every day”

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 6:00pm
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 Thornbury

Our childcare and early learning programs at Guardian Thornbury offer so many benefits for children and families:

  • Qualified Teachers and Educators. It takes a unique set of skills, passion and attributes to make a fantastic Teacher or Educator. Ours is dedicated to giving your child the best start in their education through loving care, individual development and a world-class Curriculum. 
  • Prepare your child for Primary School. Our Kindergarten Program is designed and led by skilled Teachers and Educators – all with all the benefits of long day care flexibility for families. 
  • Provide real-world inspired environments. Our Centres inspire curiosity, foster creativity and support discovery with a variety of sensory-rich and sustainable spaces designed for early learning that encourage your child to think, question and do amazing things. 
  • Cook all meals on-site. Our qualified on-site cooks and chefs prepare delicious and nutritious meals that will have you wondering, “Why doesn’t my child eat that at home?” Our kitchens are a meeting place, where we all experience the joy of food, together. 
  • Partner with your family. We want to better understand your child to deliver them the best early learning experience possible. We connect with families in person and through our StoryPark appso you can enjoy the learning journey alongside your child. 
  • Community connections. Regular excursions to explore the local area, as well as a ‘home-away-from-home’ approach to care. 

Guardian Thornbury provides a joyful early learning experience and care for young children aged between 6 weeks and 6 years of age. Founded in 1965, we have become an extended family for the community of Thornbury – creating a welcoming environment of learning and growing that celebrates the individuality of each child. 

Your child will love their day at Guardian Childcare & Education Thornbury with our friendly and passionate team of Educators. We have high Educatortochild ratios allowing educators and families to work together to ensure a happy and productive time whilst children are in our care. 

Our Educators take the time to provide families with up-to-date information on their child’s day and development progress. Our Educators are selected for their qualifications and expertise in the early childhood field, and we pride ourselves on the quality of our care and the warm and secure learning environment we provide. 

Your child’s learning and development will benefit greatly from their interaction with Educators and other children at the centre 

If you’re thinking of enrolling, we’d encourage you to book a tour today. During your tour you will have the opportunity to meet our Centre Manager, Educators and have a really good look around the Centre while the team answer any questions you may have.  We even have a list of questions you can ask us to make sure Guardian Thornbury is the right fit for you and your family.   

If you wish to enrol after your tour, our Centre Manager will support you with this process, including our full induction pack and information. You will receive details about government subsidies, immunisation requirements and any other documents needed to confirm your place. If you are not ready to enrol, you will be able to join our waitlist and stay up to date with vacancies and Centre news. 

Areas that this Centre services

Guardian Thornbury childcare services a number of local areas, including: Northcote, Preston, Coburg, Bellfield, IvanhoeHeidelberg WestPascoe Vale South and Brunswick. 

Reviews from Google

5.0
(14)
Emma F.
Emma F.
03:02 09 Nov 23
Guardian Thornbury is a lovely centre. The educators are all very kind and relaxed, the rooms are friendly and cosy, and there are lots of engaging activities and learning experiences each day. We love the philosophy, the culture and the community of parents we run into each day.
Mieken G.
Mieken G.
21:24 01 Nov 22
Very home like feeling to the center and all the educators are absolutely beautiful
Shannon B.
Shannon B.
03:29 14 Jan 22
Smith St has always felt like a community and a warm, supportive environment for my child, who has been going 3x a week since 9mths. The educators know all the children so well and my child thrives there with the learning experiences.
mieken G.
mieken G.
03:09 26 Oct 21
I couldn't rave more about Guardian Thornbury Smith St daycare more. My child loves all the educators and has formed really close bonds with a few. I always know she will be cuddled when she needs it, looked out for a reassured. With a change in our family dynamic this year the staff have been supportive in helping Rosa adjust to 2 households and I couldn't thank them more. Best educators ever
Rachele P.
Rachele P.
05:14 22 Jan 21
We loved Guardian Thornbury as soon as we visited, and our 2.5yo daughter has blossomed there. The staff are warm, kind and genuinely invested in each child; they know their preferences, habits and temperaments, and engage with them as individuals in carefully planned learning activities. The indoor and outdoor spaces are beautiful and homely; the management is excellent; and there's a real sense of community. An exceptional centre!
Monique P.
Monique P.
04:21 03 Dec 20
We are so pleased with Smith Street. Our 4 year old and 2 1/2 year old boys have been going since 18 months old and they both love going each week. We love the variety of activities they have everyday and the care they are given. The staff are welcoming, kind and have been amazing over the years. I would recommend this childcare to anyone in the area.
Liam W.
Liam W.
01:11 03 Dec 20
My wife & I loved this Childcare centre from the moment we first visited. Our son has been going there for a year now and has enjoyed every minute of it. The Centre Manager is so friendly, accommodating & responsive to our family's needs. The Educators are all really lovely and work closely with all of the children to attend to and develop their individual needs. The outside play area is great and has had a recent upgrade. Would highly reccommend!
Rebecca W.
Rebecca W.
07:59 02 Dec 20
Very caring and professional educators, lovely outdoor spaces, engaging activities for children, well managed and a great community for families. My daughter has attended the centre for three years and has loved the experience. I would highly recommend.
Ashlee W.
Ashlee W.
22:56 01 Dec 20
Our one year old has been going to Smith street dance he was 6months old, abut wasn’t long before he settled in! He loves going twice a week and we can’t speak highly enough about the educators and management.Would recommend to anyone!
Kirstin H.
Kirstin H.
11:56 01 Dec 20
My kids love going to daycare here, the educators are great and it feels like a big family. The centre itself is lovely with a huge outdoor area for the kids to play.
Kate S.
Kate S.
11:53 01 Dec 20
Excellent childcare centre. The educators are kind, patient and fun. Our kids love their time here and we love being part of this community.
Mary F.
Mary F.
09:58 01 Dec 20
Absolutely love sending my child here. Educators are caring, respectful and really cater for every child's needs. Definately recommend ✅
Karly A.
Karly A.
05:11 01 Dec 20
An exceptional childcare centre. The large outdoor play area, beautifully landscaped with a variety of trees, together with the modern indoor spaces, support a range of different learning activities throughout the day. There is plenty of parking, making drop off and pick up easy for parents. The staff are caring and attentive, and bring a mix of joy, fun and kindness to their interactions with both the children and parents. We love bringing our kids here and feel incredibly lucky to be part of this friendly community.
Heather B.
Heather B.
21:23 26 Mar 18
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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.