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Key areas of SDN’s curriculum include:

Wellbeing and Belonging

Children are supported to develop positive images of themselves, which strengthens their development skills. Children are encouraged to reflect on and learn about respect for their social and cultural connections and identities as well as those of others.

Social Competence

SDN’s curriculum supports children’s learning through the numerous relationships they have with their family, peers and community. They learn from and with each other to develop trusting and enjoyable relationships. These relationships are characterised by an appreciation of the skills, understandings and feelings of others, allowing children to develop their sense of what is right and fair.

Language and Literature and Multiple Literacies

All children have opportunities to experience literature, numeracy, science and technology and develop skills in using images, words and numbers to effectively and creatively communicate and express themselves.

Creative Arts

Creative arts are enjoyable and provide children with opportunities to explore and make meaning of their shared worlds, develop and experiment with theories, and express their opinions, culture and beliefs. Children will have opportunities to explore, experiment, create, engage with and experience a broad range art mediums, including clay, pastels, paint (water colour, oil and acrylic), photography and pencils.

Curiosity, Problem Solving and Negotiation Skills

Children have time and support to investigate challenges, make choices and achieve important outcomes in their world. This includes daily opportunities to explore, experiment and express their understandings of how the world works.

Equity and Social Justice

All children are encouraged to contribute as equal and active participants in their early childhood education assured of their rights and free from all forms of discrimination including racism, sexism and classism.

Respect and Care for the Environment

Children are encouraged to think and learn about their responsibilities regarding the environment and the role they can play in supporting environmentally sustainable practices.


Children are supported by the Early Childhood Centre Director in the multiple transitions they will experience from birth to new spaces and experiences. This includes transition into an SDN Children’s Education and Care Centre for the first time, moving to new rooms as they get older and the transition to primary school.

Our curriculum is based on the belief that:

  • Children have the right to be understood, valued and respected as individuals, and are entitled to make their own choices and decisions.
  • Play is important to children’s learning.
  • Children are capable and active learners who create their knowledge and understandings through their interactions with, and exploration of their physical and social environments.
  • Children’s development is holistic, and follows lots of pathways.
  • Children’s learning and development are influenced by their family, community and cultural contexts.
  • Children’s early social and emotional experiences influence their brain development.
  • Consistent, warm and respectful interactions improve children’s learning and development.
  • Starting early education and care at a young age is particularly important for children growing up in challenging environments.

When approaching curriculum our staff:

  • Work in respectful, collaborative relationships with children and families.
  • Provide opportunities for children and families to make choices and participate in making decisions about the curriculum.
  • Structure the day in a meaningful way.
  • Promote life-long learning for children.