“We’re focused on teaching children how to learn versus just ticking a box. The first five years in a child’s life are incredibly important when it comes to setting them up with a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.”
Kathryn Waugh, Guardian Head of Quality and Curriculum
When there are so many childcare and early learning options available, how do you know Guardian is the best choice for you and your family?
A World-Class Curriculum
We view children as strong, unique and resilient individuals, capable of complex thinking and their own perspectives.
That’s why Guardian’s curriculum has been crafted with the influence of world leading insights and approaches, such as Reggio Emilia, the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standard for early childhood.
Our children of today will face a different world tomorrow. They are entering a fast-paced, rapidly changing world, where technology rules and the traditional methods of teaching are no longer as effective. That’s why our approach is focused on the latest research and insights into how children learn best, and the specific skills they will need to thrive in the 21st Century
Qualified Teachers and Educators
Guardian Teachers and Educators work with a dedicated Curriculum team who have global experience in international school settings – giving us a unique, contemporary approach to early education.
With degree-qualified Teachers, Educators and Curriculum specialists in every Centre, you can be assured we’re supporting, encouraging and enabling a new generation of lifelong learners via our unique approach that:
- Sparks a child’s natural curiosity
- Inspires them to ask questions
- Builds their confidence and
- Shows them that knowledge can be gained in all sorts of wonderful ways.
Partnership with families
Our close partnership with families allows us to offer a range of additional benefits to the learning and childcare experience for the children in our Centres.
We pride ourselves on the support we offer families and want to help make it a little easier to balance all those daily commitments, through initiatives such as:
- Designated drop off and pick up zones to assist with those busy mornings and afternoons.
- Casual care days where possible to help you manage the unpredictable nature of work life and home life.
- Assisting you with government subsidies and entitlements to help you make the most of the financial support which may be available.
- Our family communication app StoryPark to keep you informed throughout the day with photos, videos and updates about your child
- We hold parent and educator sessions to keep you informed of your child’s individual progress.
- Providing your child with unexpected benefits such as exposure to a range of cultures and languages via our diverse and multi-cultural educator mix.
Leading long day Preschool & Kindergarten programs
Our Preschool and Kindergarten Programs are designed and led by teachers with specialist early childhood university degrees – all with all the benefits of long day care flexibility for families.
These programs have been carefully crafted to purposely deliver on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standard (NQS) for childcare. Our practices and programs connect directly to the foundation stages of the Australian School Curriculum, from which students will be taught when they enter the formal schooling system.
We design engaging Preschool and Kindergarten Programs which set the foundations for a positive start to your child’s first year of school. These programs focus on open-ended, play-based experiences that:
- Teach the basic numeracy and literacy skills needed for academic success.
- Embed valuable social and emotional skills required to be confident and resilient.
- Have clear learning outcomes to prepare your child for formal schooling, and beyond.
Custom-designed Centres and resources
Our Centres inspire curiosity, foster creativity and support discovery with a variety of sensory-rich, real-world, sustainable spaces designed for early learning. The environment plays a huge factor in learning outcomes for children, so we pride ourselves on helping children and families feel welcome and able to build a sense of belonging, which supports our teaching.
Children are provided with a wide range of resources and materials to inspire their learning and development. We focus on real-world, ‘open-ended’ materials that encourage creativity, problem-solving and physical development. This type of play launches children into an environment where the learning opportunities are endless.
Dedicated to Health and Wellbeing
The health, safety and wellbeing of our people – big and small – is always our highest priority. We know parents are busy, so our policies – whilst grounded in safety – also consider life’s practicalities.
Our team members are all trained to appropriately manage the various situations that can arise in a childcare setting, which include:
- First aid
- Children and water play
- Sun protection for children
- Creating safe environments in our Centres
- Handling incidents and injuries
- Illness procedures
We have additional healthy and safety measures in place such as designated pick up and drop off locations and procedures; routine temperature checks to manage illness; a diligent approach to hygiene and hand washing; and effectively raising and consulting on safety or wellbeing concerns in our Centres.
In addition, educating children about the importance of healthy eating and wellbeing is an important part of early childhood development. We believe in providing a positive eating environment that reflects dietary requirements, cultural and family values, and promotes lifelong learning for children.
Focus on Community, Connection and Belonging
We’re incredibly passionate about connections, communication and being an active part of our local community at every Guardian Centre.
With excursions into our local community to explore and learn, plus a variety of incursions and in-Centre events – our practices and programs focus on collaboration, diversity, uniqueness and experiences that open up young minds to a world of possibilities. Some of our unique community experiences include:
- Getting out and about into the community in the Octopram, with up to eight children at a time, expanding their understanding of the world around them.
- We offer children a range of additional cultural experiences thanks to our diverse educator mix. This includes exposure to different languages, cultural celebrations and customs.
- Our Centres make a point of partnering with local businesses and supporting the community wherever possible. From sponsoring local sporting teams, to attending and even hosting fundraising events in the community.