Childcare and Early Learning Centres in Northern Beaches

Anyone searching for Northern Beaches childcare now has two great options to choose from. With both our Manly and Freshwater locations, Guardian can meet all of your Northern Beaches day care needs this year.

Centres near you


Manly is an expansive, light-filled centre across from the beach. It boasts a range of exciting, resource-rich environments, including indoor and outdoor spaces perfect for play, adventure and discovery.

Children playing with educator in sand at Freshwater


Freshwater shows off its location with breach-themed outdoors areas. The Centre also has non-stinging bees, worm farms, a boat, alfresco dining areas, and a range of age-specific ateliers Indoor learning spaces are set up for a vast array of high quality learning experiences.

These centres are not only perfect for families living in each of the suburbs, but also for those in the surrounding suburbs as well — making your search for a Northern Beaches child care more convenient than ever before.

If you’re living or working in:

  • Balgowlah
  • Fairlight
  • Freshwater
  • Manly
  • Manly Vale
  • North Manly
  • Queenscliff

Then reach out to our Centre Managers at Guardian Manly or Guardian Freshwater to discover the unique opportunities awaiting your child at each of our childcare and early learning centres.

From Port Jackson to Middle Harbour and Broken Bay, Guardian provides a Northern Beaches daycare that comes second to none.

Parents are encouraged to stay and play or even share a meal with their children during dropoff and pickup times to guarantee the smoothest transition for their children. That way, you never have to feel like you’re being rushed out the door at our Northern Beaches day care centres.

One of the most noticeable—and unique—benefits of enrolling your child at either of our Northern Beaches childcare centres, is our commitment to serving healthy snacks and meals. Our centre Chefs prepare fresh food on-site, sourced from local and seasonal ingredients, and serve whole foods in creative ways to appeal to all palates!

Plus, they host cooking classes so that our children can learn more about where food comes from, how it nourishes their bodies, and how to prepare it in fun and exciting ways.

And our Chefs aren’t the only friendly and supportive adults your children will interact with daily.

All teachers at our Guardian centres are highly trained professionals with a true passion for working with children. From teaching our play-based curriculum, to connecting with the local community on excursions, the teachers at both of our Northern Beaches child care centres are dedicated to providing the very experience for children.

Children who attend Guardian Manly enjoy:

  • A spacious rooftop garden with views overlooking the beach
  • Excursions to nearby shops, local businesses, and the beach
  • Age-specific indoor and outdoor environments to inspire curiosity and adventure

While children who attend Guardian Freshwater enjoy:

  • Exciting, resource-rich learning indoor and outdoor environments
  • Non-stinging bees and a worm farm
  • Alfresco dining areas where they eat snacks and meals prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients

Plus, both Guardian Manly and Guardian Freshwater are the ultimate Northern Beaches early learning centres. We see each child as a unique member of our learning community, and our primary focus is meeting all of the social, emotional, and educational needs of every child while they’re in our care.

Children who attend our specialist preschool programs are encouraged to:

  • Be bold
  • Be creative
  • Be curious
  • Be inspired

Children are taught to be themselves, and they learn through play-based activities. They’re provided with a smooth transition into primary school and beyond, and they build strong, trusted relationships with our teachers.

At Guardian, we believe that learning is personal. So we’ve implemented a tailored and personalised approach to learning where each child’s unique needs are met safely and securely.

We also encourage parents to stay actively involved in their child’s learning. Through our Learning Exchange, parents can see what their child is doing on any given day. And through our StoryPark App, parents can connect with photos, videos, and updates from their child’s teacher.

Lastly, the preschool programs at both of Guardian’s Northern Beaches early learning centres are based on world-leading research and best practices. They have the Victorian Government Kinder Tick and Qld Government kindy tick approvals. They were developed to meet and exceed the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standard (NQS) for childcare.

Better yet, families who opt to enrol their child in our preschool programs have the added benefit of participating in the extended daycare hours our centres provide.

No matter your child’s age, our Guardian Manly and Guardian Freshwater locations are the perfect fit for families looking for Northern Beaches daycare centres in the Balgowlah, Fairlight, Freshwater, Manly, Manly Vale, North Manly, and Queenscliff suburbs.

We encourage all interested families to contact the Northern Beaches day care centre nearest you, schedule an in-person tour, and meet our friendly centre staff. While you’re there, explore the sensory-rich environments where our children learn and play every day and ask any questions you may have.

Both Centres offer engaging, resource-rich environments for children aged six weeks to six years – to explore and become curious and imaginative learners.

The best part? We’re enrolling now! Browse the Centres and book a tour today to see for yourself.