Guardian Childcare & Education Mentone East

(Formerly Creative Beginnings)

Guardian Childcare & Education Mentone East 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 Mentone East (formerly Creative Beginnings) is rated exceeding in the National Quality Standard. The modern yet homely Centre boasts lots of native trees, herb and vegetable gardens, creek beds, water play areas, and a range of age-specific spaces where our programs come to life.

The community-minded team have a great connection with Mentone Park Primary, who invite the kindergarten children over daily to use their prep playground. This is a natural extension of the Centre’s Kindergarten Program which is led by quality teachers who are there to help prepare your child for the exciting transition to school.

The children get out and about on regular excursions into the local community, including Mentone Reserve, which the children fondly refer to as the ‘Duck Park’, and is within walking distance from the Centre.

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

Begin the adventure at Guardian Mentone East 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

Good to Know - What to Bring

What we Provide

  • Sunscreen
  • Five nutritionally balanced meals including: Breakfast, Lunch, Morning and Afternoon tea and a late Snack at the end of the day
  • Nappies
  • Bibs
  • Bedding

What to Bring

  • Hats
  • Formula and bottles
  • Soft toy or comfort blanket for nap time
  • Spare change of clothing

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.

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Rated Exceeding National Quality Standard


If you’re looking for the right Mentone childcare and kindergarten then take a tour of Guardian today and discover how we do things differently.

With our centre being well above the Australian national average, we are focused on the outcomes for children along with working closely with parents to help deepen your child’s respect for the local communities along with the other children and their independent development.

While you have many different child care centres to choose from around Mentone, if you take a tour with Guardian you’ll discover why this is one of the preeminent Mentone preschools.

There are currently vacancies available at Guardian Mentone so come by and find out how we can help.

Reviews from Google (13)

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    Susan Thorne

    - 2 years ago

    Our daughter has been attending this centre since she was 15 months old and she ( and we ) absolutely loves it. Sam and Belinda are always more than happy to ... Read More

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    Simon Sloss

    - 2 years ago

    As first time parents, looking for a childcare center can seem daunting. Guardian Childcare has been so welcoming and have made the whole experience really positive. Every single worker is ... Read More

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    Lauren Mercieca

    - 2 years ago

    My daughter has been attending this centre for a while now and to say I am pleased is an understatement. The building as a whole, is amazing. It's big and ... Read More

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    Kate Ponton

    - 2 years ago

    The Educators really do care about the children and getting to know families. The quality of care is amazing and my daughter looks forward to coming in and seeing her ... Read More

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    Melissa Hardman

    - 2 years ago

    Amazing centre! The staff are all so kind and caring. My son has the most amazing time when he goes.

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    Mikayla Middleton

    - 3 years ago

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    Alice Stewart

    - 3 years ago

    My 20month old son has been there since 9-10months old and we absolutely love the place. The staff are very caring and treat the childrens in such a loving way. ... Read More

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    Heather Mackenzie

    - 3 years ago

    Our first child started at the centre 4.5 years ago and we now have our second child attending there too. The staff there are so supportive and are brilliant with ... Read More

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    Carlie Thatcher

    - 3 years ago

    I have had two kids attend this child care of which one is still there. The staff are really friendly and amazing with the kids. I love the fact that ... Read More

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    Revere Johnston

    - 3 years ago

    The Centre has everything that you need with qualified educators and great spaces.

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    Amanda Foo

    - 4 years ago

    I couldn’t be happier with Creative Beginnings Early Learning Centre. The educators are so attentive, caring and thoughtful. Sam and Belinda are a great leadership team. They answer requests and ... Read More

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    Michael Mackenzie

    - 7 years ago

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    Korryn Malzard

    - 5 years ago

    We've been at the centre since 2012 and have seen many changes. Many of the educators are beyond fabulous and have always welcomed our girls with big open arms. Sam, ... Read More

Begin the Adventure at Guardian

To explore the centre, chat with our team of Educators and learn more about our high-quality curriculum, book a tour now.