Find the Closest Childcare Near You
When looking for the best childcare centre, convenience is a major factor. It’s important to ask yourself which childcare centres are near work as well as which childcare centres are near home. It’s really about which location will make your life easier on a daily basis.
As a general rule, if your childcare centre is conveniently located to your home or workplace your days will likely go a lot more smoothly. Drop-offs and pick-ups will be so much less stressful when you don’t have to factor in things like traffic that might make you late for a morning meeting. Or a huge distance to cross should your child fall ill and you need to get to him or her quickly.
These things matter to your day and they filter through to your child every time you say goodbye. Knowing the travel time to and from your chosen centre will help ensure you leave yourself enough time for a proper goodbye.
With more than 120 child care 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 learning and how they engage with the people around them.
Think about whether your child might enjoy the scale and stimulation of conventional centres and preschools versus a quieter, smaller group offered by family daycare centres. Some centres offer a more rigorous learning program; others might prioritise things like music and languages. Some are more play-based while others observe a traditional learning program. Childcare is not babysitting. 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. Learn more about our approach to teaching.
Although they’re young, your child has no doubt begun to reveal his or her strengths and interests. What’s more, you probably have a pretty good idea of what they don’t respond to. 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 over stimulated or pushed aside in such a large communal play area.
Some centres tend to divide children according to their age to provide a focused space for them to work through their own developmental milestones. Other centres feel that younger children benefit from multi-age play. There are arguments for both systems so the right environment really comes down to your child’s individual needs and likes.
So, while convenience is a key factor in choosing the best childcare centre for your child, there are a number of other factors that come into it.
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.