Guardian Childcare & Education Abbotsford

(Formerly Explorers Early Learning Flockhart Street)

Guardian Childcare & Education Abbotsford NQS Rated Exceeding by ACECQA

Our centre has been recognised as ‘Exceeding’ the National Quality Standard. This is the highest rating you can receive from a regulatory authority assessment and we are proud to deliver an exceptional service to the children and families who attend our centre.

Guardian Childcare & Education Abbotsford is one of more than 40 state-of-the-art Guardian Childcare Centres in Victoria. Bordered by Collingwood, Richmond, Fitzroy and East Melbourne, the Centre is a convenient choice for families wanting high-quality childcare and education close to home, or on their way to work in the Melbourne CBD.

Guardian Abbotsford boasts a range of exciting, resource-rich environments including a rooftop garden, sandpit, mud play area, beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces and Gardening and Sustainability programs.

Our team of professionally-certified early childhood education specialists deliver an advanced play-based and nature-inspired curriculum, as well as a leading Kindergarten Program to help prepare your child for the exciting transition to school.

Our on-site chef prepares five nutritionally, balanced meals using seasonal ingredients every day. To further explore food at the Centre, Educators host regular hands-on cooking experiences for the children to extend on their knowledge of nutrition and to encourage them to try new foods.

We also enjoy close ties to the local community, with regular excursions taking the children out and about to enjoy and learn about the world around them.

Begin the adventure at Guardian Abbotsford today by booking a tour to explore the Centre or speaking to one of our team.

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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 7:00am to 6:30pm
Monday to Friday

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.

More about Guardian Abbotsford

Your child will run smiling through our doors each morning – and greet you excitedly every afternoon with tales of what they’ve done that day. Because at Guardian, it’s all about fun, play and what they learn along the way. 

Our Abbotsford Centre, previously known as ‘Little Explorers Childcare’, is a fantastic environment for children to explore and become curious and imaginative learners. We welcome babies as young as six weeks, and work with families through the age stages until finally preparing our older children for the exciting transition to primary school with our leading Kindergarten Program. Our long day care model is great for children and families. 

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main road, this beautiful community childcare centre will give your child the start they deserve. 

Guardian Abbotsford is rated as Exceeding the National Quality Standard for childcare, and it’s not hard to see why…  

  • Caring and experienced team  Our Centre Manager Nakita leads a team with decades of experience in childcare, who have been with the Centre for many years. Our dedicated and caring educators will welcome your child in a warm and nurturing environment. 
  • Support with the Child Care Subsidy. Nakita and our team will support you to understand what government support you may be entitled to and how to apply. 
  • Easy for families – We’re tucked away from the main road, but with the added benefit of on-site underground parking. There is also tram, bus and train transport on our doorstep, making your life easier on those busy mornings and afternoons.   
  • Learn through play – With great resources and amazing indoor and outdoor spaces – including an expansive rooftop garden – your child will have room to explore and flex their curiosity and creativity. 
  • Regular communication with you – You’ll be kept up to date through our family communication app, StoryPark, and our unique Visible Learning Program gives you a great understanding of your child’s learning for the day at pick up. It will give you plenty to talk about with them on the drive home! 
  • Community connections – Fun and confidence-boosting local excursions for all ages, plus a wide range of cultures represented in our Centre to help you feel welcome – no matter your background. We boast several multi-lingual Educators who speak a number of languages including Vietnamese, Mandarin, Greek, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Arabic and Cantonese. 
  • All the extras – Long care hours, an on-site chef and all the added value you would expect from the highest-quality childcare centre. 

At Guardian Abbotsford we provide specialised care for every age group, plus learning experiences designed to cater to Babies, Toddlers and Kindergarten children. 

Babies. Our Nursery Team includes a ‘Baby Ambassador’, Irene, who specialises in the developmentally appropriate care and learning of babies. One-on-one time and cuddles are prioritised for your baby, with the security of always having a familiar Educator close by who knows your baby – and his or her routines – inside out.   

Toddlers. Our Centre is set across multiple levels which creates an environment where our toddlers can safely explore their growing independence through play-based learning. We host regular excursions into the local community to extend their learning outside the Centre, visiting locations such as parks, playgrounds, cafes and shops. 

Kindergarten. Our Kinder Teacher Julie works with you to discuss your child’s readiness to ensure they move to our Kindergarten program when it’s time for them. We are a participating provider for the government-funded program that will save families up to $2000 for any child in 2021 with the intention of starting school in 2022. Our program is specifically designed and delivered to prepare your child for the exciting transition to primary school – all with the added benefit of long care hours for our families.   

 It’s not hard to see why Guardian Abbotsford is a great choice for your child, no matter their age. We invite you to come and see for yourself. Enrolling now for all ages. 

Areas that this Centre services

Guardian Childcare Abbotsford services a number of local areas, including: Richmond, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Hawthorn and Kew. 

Reviews from Google (6)

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    Katherine Hayman

    - 2 years ago

    Today was my daughter’s last day at this centre and I’m writing this review to show my appreciation. From the first day, the educators and other team members have shown ... Read More

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    Anthony Smith

    - 2 years ago

    My daughter has been attending this centre since she was 5 months old, and we have had such a positive experience. They understood how difficult it was to leave a ... Read More

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    Eva Xiang

    - 3 years ago

    Our experience with Explorers Abbostford has been really good. My son is with them for 8 months since 1 year old and it's really sad to say goodbye because I ... Read More

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    - 3 years ago

    Our experience with Explorers Abbostford has been really good. In the last two year and half, teachers always provide daily photo and reports about our son and the activities of ... Read More

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    Aneesh Nair

    - 3 years ago

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    Kylie Stone

    - 3 years ago

    Finding a great child care centre is a challenge for all parents. When I returned to work part time we were planning to send our son to a large centre ... Read More

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