Guardian Childcare & Education Northcote

Formerly Timeout Educare Northcote

  • Dance and yoga incursions, with a beautiful outdoor play space featuring a bike and scooter track, vegetable gardens, big green trees
  • We have availability across all ages on certain days. Let's work together to find the best schedule for your family.
  • Give your child a head start with our kindergarten program run by university-qualified teachers. Enjoy the extended hours of long day care and 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.


Mon to Fri 7:30am to 6:00pm


38 Arthurton Road
Northcote, VIC, 3070

Welcome to our Centre

Welcome to Guardian Childcare & Education Northcote, formerly TimeOut Educare Northcote.

Our Guardian Northcote child care centre in inner-city Melbourne is welcoming and inviting, set in a two storey building full of warmth and charm. Our purpose-built centre will quickly become your child’s home away from home.

Our play-based learning programs are designed around stages of children’s development to enable age-appropriate learning and growth. We offer amazing programs including Cooking, Nutrition, Languages, Sustainability, Fitness & Yoga, Art, Music.

With a layout that encourages interaction between children of all ages, our three communal outdoor play spaces feature landscaping that highlights elements of nature, to encourage exploration and discovery.

Children attending our Northcote day care centre will have access to engaging, resource-rich environments, with:

  • Passionate Educators who focus on building strong relationships with children and families
  • Incredible learning programs to support children’s curiosity and creativity
  • Five indoor learning spaces designed to feel like an extension of home, with resources to inspire curiosity, fun, and a sense of belonging

Children have the opportunity to see the same familiar faces as they move on up from our nursery room into our dedicated, funded Kindergarten program, designed specifically to help prepare your child to transition from early learning to primary school.

Supported through a passionate and dedicated team of university-qualified Teachers and Educators, our childcare Centre in Northcote provides a safe, secure environment for children. Our personalised approach ensures each child is supported to be bold, creative, and curious in their learning journey.

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 Centre is conveniently located next to Northcote Railway Station, a bus stop and a short minute walk to the tram on High Street, there’s also plenty of safe off-street parking available in our own carpark to make drop off and pick up easy for families.

If you’re looking to begin your childcare journey and want to explore our amazing Centre, book a tour today and meet our team at Guardian Childcare & Education Northcote!

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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 7:30am 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.

Centre Highlights

  • Warm and inviting Centre in Melbourne’s inner city suburb of Northcote; a ‘home away from home’ for your child
  • Incredible learning programs where children aged six-weeks to six years learn and discover through play.
  • Highly experienced Educators and degree-qualified Teachers support children to grow and thrive.
  • Safe, secure environments that encourage interaction between age groups and support children’s social and emotional development.

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.