Nutrition and mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, with special care taken to accommodate children with allergies and intolerances.
Situated in the heart of Redfern, SDN Redfern offers early childhood education and child care for 60 children. Our educators speak a range of languages, including Bengla, Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai, Vietnamese, Hindi and Arabic.
Our centre and large outdoor play space has been designed to facilitate learning through play and the development of a wide range of skills including forming relationships with peers and educators, appreciation of the natural world, art, music and early literacy and numeracy skills.
Much of our learning occurs through small group experiences. We have individual rooms for the infants, toddlers and preschool age groups, but our flexible program enables time for siblings and children of various ages to play together.
SDN Redfern is in the heart of the community. We have relationships with local community leaders, service groups and organisations that represent the vibrancy and diversity of Redfern. The local community provides a vibrant learning environment for our children and we regularly go on excursions.
SDN Redfern welcomes children with disabilities or developmental delays, and families in need of support and assistance.
The traditional owners of the Redfern area are the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.
SDN Redfern opened on 20 June 1938, following a request by a Child Welfare Department officer for SDN to provide services in the Alexandria-Redfern-Erskineville area, where many women worked in factories. The ‘Model Nursery Centre’ for children two years old to school-aged was gifted by Sydney woolbroker and philanthropist Mr J.P. Johnson and his wife. After the centre opened it was noted that the health of the children attending improved considerably.
Facilities for babies were added in 1941 and a brand new building opened in August 1980. SDN’s head office was located above the centre from 1982 until 2006. The Central and Eastern Sydney office of SDN Brighter Futures now operates from above the centre.
Since its beginnings, SDN Redfern has undergone many changes and has always maintained and reflected a strong connection with the families of this vibrant and diverse community.