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Today SDN celebrates the 111th anniversary of the opening of our first centre!

Wednesday 7 December, 2016

Two children enjoy SDN’s first centre, 1906. Source: SDN Archive.

Two children enjoy SDN’s first centre, 1906. Source: SDN Archive.

In a terrace house in Woolloomooloo, the Sydney Day Nursery Association (now SDN Children’s Services) opened its doors on this day, 7 December, in 1905. On the first day, two children attended for child care during the long working day, but within a few short years the centre was so busy that larger premises had to be found. More SDN centres opened over the years that followed.

The working mothers who sent their children to SDN in that first year were assured that their children would receive quality child care, with a qualified nurse as Matron. The physical health and wellbeing of their children improved and they thrived. Our governing Committee and staff also reflected in those early years on the emotional bond that develops between the carers and families, and the happiness of the children, which began all those years ago in the little terrace house in Woolloomooloo.

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