Guardian Childcare & Education Thornbury

(Formerly Smith Street)


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.

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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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

Fee Information

Age Group Daily Fee
Under 3 Years $143.00*
Over 3 Years $139.00*

*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
  • Water bottle

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.

Learn More About Our Centre

Guardian Childcare & Education Thornbury provides joyous early learning experience and care for young children aged between 0 and 5 years old of age. Founded in 1965, we have become an extended family for community of Thornbury creating a welcoming environment of learning and growing that celebrates the individuality of each child.

We are nestled in the suburb of Thornbury and if you are travelling to work into the CBD our centre would suit these surroundings suburbs: Coburg, Northcote, Preston, Pascoe Vale South and Brunswick.

Your child will love their day at Guardian Childcare & Education Thornbury with our friendly and passionate team of educators. We have high educator to child 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 the interaction with educators and other children at the centre. We make sure that our curriculum and school readiness program fits within the Commonwealth Government’s Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standards.

We cater our services at the centre to make life easier for our busy families and offer a funded kinder programme. We provide nutritionally balanced meals prepared by our own chef in our centre kitchen. We also provide necessities such as nappies, sunscreen and bedding for nap times and our beautiful naturally based outdoor environment is perfect for children to explore, play and learn.

Reviews (10)

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    Rachele Pipe

    - 1 month ago

    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 ... Read More

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    Monique Pattison

    - 3 months ago

    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 ... Read More

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    Liam Whitley

    - 3 months ago

    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 ... Read More

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    Rebecca Ward

    - 3 months ago

    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 ... Read More

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    Ashlee Walsh

    - 3 months ago

    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 ... Read More

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    Kirstin Hackel

    - 3 months ago

    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 ... Read More

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    Kate Sheehy

    - 3 months ago

    Excellent childcare centre. The educators are kind, patient and fun. Our kids love their time here and we love being part of this community.

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    Mary Federici

    - 3 months ago

    Absolutely love sending my child here. Educators are caring, respectful and really cater for every child's needs. Definately recommend ✅

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    Karly Adams

    - 3 months ago

    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 ... Read More

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    Heather Brady

    - 3 years ago

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What Our Families Say