Nutrition and mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, with special care taken to accommodate children with allergies and intolerances.
SDN Lois Barker is a 44-place centre in Waterloo, offering early childhood education and child care for our local community of young and growing families.
Opened in 1984 and named after Lois Barker, a respected teacher and advocate for children and families, our centre includes three indoor spaces and two outdoor spaces with a large play area. Our trained cook has been at SDN Lois Barker for 15 years and our meals have been certified by a nutritionist in accordance with the Long Day Care Nutrition Checklist.
Children, families and educators at SDN Lois Barker come from diverse cultures and communities, creating a rich learning environment for all who attend our centre. Our qualified educators prioritise building and maintaining positive relationships with your child, and will provide opportunities for you as a family to be a part of your child’s early learning and development.
Families are encouraged to work in partnership with our service, and all are invited to attend quarterly meetings in which the Centre Director shares SDN’s organisational news.
SDN Lois Barker welcomes children with disabilities or developmental delays, and families in need of support and assistance.
Our families say...
“The Director and her staff fill me with confidence and my children love coming here.”
“I could not be more grateful for the contributions that centre staff make to my child’s world.”
The traditional owners of the Waterloo area are the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.
SDN Lois Barker opened for operation on 24 October 1983 in a Housing Commission complex at Wellington Street, Waterloo. SDN was invited by the Sydney City Council to manage the long day care centre, named after an influential early childhood teacher who taught in Sydney for over 35 years. An official opening celebration on 5 April 1984 included the Lord Mayor of Sydney and Lois Barker herself.
SDN Lois Barker quickly became part of the SDN family and way of working. The centre’s first director and nurse-in-charge came from SDN Paddington. From the very beginning, the centre reflected the local community by hosting an end-of-year celebration with international food, and recognising the need for outdoor activities for children who lived in high-rise flats.
Since its beginnings, SDN Lois Barker has undergone many changes, always maintaining and reflecting a strong connection with the families of this vibrant and diverse community.