Ringwood East Private Childcare & Kindergarten is a small family owned centre. The centre only accepts a maximum of 37 children per day. We are open Monday to Friday from 6.30am and close at 6pm. The centre is conveniently located opposite Maroondah Hospital and is easily accessible by car or public transport.

We offer three session types; 9 hours, 10 hours and full days, to assist our families with making the most out of their Child Care Subsidy hours (CCS).

The Centre is owned by Kristie-Lee Guthrie and her Aunt, Christine Newell. Kristie-Lee has a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelors Degree in Biological Science, you will see her running a highly dedicated kinder program and Centre. Kristie-Lee has two young, beautiful children. Christine has a Diploma in Childcare and has directed a 65 place centre in Box Hill for 20 years.

Christine has continued her love and passion of working with children by working at various centres in far North Queensland. She has much knowledge and experience that she can share with educators, families and children. Christine has three teenage boys and a wonderful husband. She will be at the centre as often as she can, otherwise will liaise with Kristie-Lee, educators and families as much as possible.

Both being parents and employing other educators with children enables us all to understand the feelings and anxieties faced by families when choosing quality care and education for their child. We would like families to feel confident that their children are safe and happy, whilst they learn and grow with us.

Parents and families are the most important people in their child’s life and therefore will be encouraged to be involved in the decision-making about their child's day-to-day activities.

Our highly experienced and qualified educators will provide education and challenging programs that enhance all areas of children’s development. Trust, confidence and high self-esteem are of utmost importance as from these qualities all other areas of development flourish. The centre is air conditioned and centrally heated. The centre has an extensive variety of toys and equipment to ensure children are safe and comfortable to learn and play.



"My Daughter had attended Ringwood East Childcare & Kindergarten from the age of 1. She was enrolled in the Kindergarten program offered by Ringwood East and started her first year of school this year (2016) I'm proud to say she is top of her class for reading and writing and is full of confidence going to school. She still loves to go and visit all the educators. I have no doubt that Ringwood East's Kindergarten Program helped her developed such a love for learning."


All our Educators are employed in accordance with the Child Services Regulations. All Educators have completed or are working towards; Bachelor of Education Early Childhood or Equivalent, Diploma in Early Childhood Education or a Certficate III in Early Childhood Education. All Educators hold current First-Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma Management Training. We strictly adhere to qualified staff/child ratios at all times.


All our Educators take pride developing strong relationships with all children and their families. Working together to provide a home away from home where children can learn and grow in a setting where all children feel loved, respected and cared for. Educators are aware of each child’s individual needs and interact with the children positively. An Educator for each room is available at drop off and pick up times to discuss the child's day and to answer any questions. 

Throughout the year we have University and TAFE students at the Centre. The experience they gain here is invaluable to their study and they too contribute to the program and the activities of the children. We only allow a limited amount of students into the centre, so as not to disrupt the children’s routine, and the students are closely supervised.


All Educators have relevant qualifications, police background checks and extensive reference checks are carried out. All Educators hold current WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECKS.


Catherine Vertigan, 2015


"Friendly and caring staff who take the timeto really get to know my children. They are given many opportunities to learn through play, being read to, show and tell and other hands on activities. My Children are always happy to attend Ringwood East Childcare & Kindergarten and I am happy knowing that they are being well cared for."

Skye Jennings, 2015


"Sending my child to Ringwood East Childcare & Kindergarten has been the best decision i have made. Not only is he totally prepared for school academically, the range of knowledge he has aquired starts with our planet and goes beyond the stars. The staff have always encouraged independence and through all of this shown the care needed to make a confident child ready to take their next step. Thank you!"

Sue Brown, 2016


To see further family testimonials check out our Facebook Page

"We are very sad to you and all the staff, we have been very fond of all of you and especially Leonie and Janine from when Emily started in 2008. We wish you and your team all the very best. I can't speak highly enough of your support in helping raise our children. Ben will miss you all.

Thank you Kristie-Lee.

Funny story, I was outside putting washing on the line and Ben came running up to me and said 'look Mummy a H", he had a rusty nail that was shaped in a 'H' in his hand and I was very impressed because he has learnt that from your Kinder Room.

Karen Waterson, 2016