Find the Closest Childcare Near You
As a general rule, if your childcare centre is conveniently located near your home or workplace, your days will often go a lot more smoothly. Drop-offs and pick-ups will be so much less stressful when you don’t have to worry about being late or getting to your child quickly if you need to pick them up early.
The things that matter to your day have a direct impact on your child each time you bid them farewell. It’s crucial to be aware of the travel time to and from your selected childcare centre, as it will allow you to allocate enough time for a meaningful goodbye.
With more than 120 childcare centres across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide, there’s likely a Guardian Childcare Centre near you.
But it’s not just about convenience. Trusting someone to care for your child is an important decision. So, make sure you consider not just where the centre is located, but also whether it’s the best option for you and your family. Think about the practical considerations, like:
- Is there parking on site to make drop off and pick up easier?
Is there space to leave your pram during the day if you travel on foot?
- Is the centre close to public transport like buses, trains or trams?
- What are the hours of operation – this will also factor a lot into the convenience of the centre location. If you choose a child care centre near home versus the office, how will this impact your ability to drop off and pick up your child on time?
- Does the centre offer casual care bookings for when you need them?
There are also some less obvious, but equally important, things to consider when weighing up the best childcare centre for your family:
- Is there a Preschool or Kindergarten program? This is particularly important when considering your work hours and lifestyle. Most community and school-run programs operate in line with school hours, so do not offer the long care hours available in a childcare centre.
- What kind of learning opportunities will your child have? And is this something that’s important to you?
- Will the centre keep you up to date during the day with what your child is doing?
- What will your child be eating on a daily basis?
And don’t forget questions about the centre fees and any rebates and entitlements you might be able to claim:
- What communication do you have for families?
- Can I claim the Child Care Subsidy?
- Can you tell me what my fees will be after I claim the Child Care Subsidy?
Here are some other questions to ask when choosing the best childcare centre for you.
Making the decision to leave your child in the care of anyone else is tough enough. At the end of the day, finding the right setting for your child can make a huge difference to the way they feel about their learning and conecting with other children peers and their Educators.
Children learn at all ages and the best childcare centres will encourage your child’s development. Ask questions about the centre’s curriculum and the programs and experiences that they offer. Guardian’s approach focuses on meaningful play-based learning, which allows children to explore, experiment and have fun in their learning environment. Learn more about our approach to teaching.
Although they’re still young, your child may have begun to reveal some of their strengths and interests to you, as well as a bit of an idea of what they may be less interested in. You might like the idea that children of varying ages interact with each other in a big space, or you might feel that your child would be overstimulated or pushed aside in such a large communal play area.
Some centres choose to separate children by their age to provide a more focused space for them to work through their own developmental milestones and learning objectives. Other centres feel that younger children benefit from multi-age play. Each child is different, so the type of learning environment that’s right for your child will depend on their personality, interests and skills.
Finding a childcare centre that supports your child’s individual needs can make a huge difference in their development and provide them with the best possible start to their educational journey. At Guardian, our Centres are widely regarded as some of the best childcare facilities for children of varying backgrounds, stages of development and ages.
We provide a safe and secure environment where children can feel free and empowered to learn and grow at their own pace. Our Centres are equipped with modern, stimulating facilities and equipment that help our children develop their essential motor, cognitive and social skills in a supportive environment.
Our highly qualified and experienced Educators and Teachers are passionate about providing the best possible care and learning opportunities for your child. They are committed to creating a nurturing environment where children can feel valued, respected and supported in their early education, setting a positive foundation for learning throughout their life.
With a strong focus on learning and development, our Centres are much more than a place for your child to stay occupied throughout the day. We provide a comprehensive curriculum that is tailored to the individual needs of each child. Children are encouraged to develop critical skills through play-based learning, practice engaging in a variety of social environments and learn about different cultures and backgrounds to become inclusive, respectful members of the community.
Families play an essential role in their children’s development, and can help their children receive the most benefit from their early childhood education and care. We’re committed to building strong relationships with families through our Storypark app, where families can receive photos, and updates, and communicate with their child’s Educators.
Our Centres are in convenient and easy-to-access locations throughout Australia, so families can often find a centre near them. Whether you are searching for a daycare for your baby or toddler, or an amazing kindergarten program to help your child with the transition to primary school, Guardian offers flexible options to accommodate busy families.
Finding the best childcare centre for your child can be challenging, but Guardian has a history of providing high-quality care and education to children of varying ages, needs and backgrounds. With a focus on safety, learning and development, highly qualified Educators and a commitment to building positive relationships with families, Guardian is an excellent choice for families who want the best start to life for their child.
Browse the map below to see which Guardian Childcare Centres are near you, and click through to read more about the Centres and what they offer for families and children.