Values-driven organisation

SDN has firm values which underpin our purpose. These values are shared by our employees and are demonstrated in their dedication to achieve positive outcomes for children and families. When recruiting, it’s important to bring those who share the same value set into our organisation — individuals who truly understand our goals and are committed to helping us to achieve them.

Learning and development opportunities

SDN staff value and respect each other’s experience and knowledge. Because we build together, we’re committed to investing in the continuous learning and development of all employees. SDN offers learning and development opportunities for staff through internal and external workshops and tutorials, and because we’re a large organisation, we have a variety of experiences to offer our staff. Internal movement is encouraged and there are opportunities for growth and progression if you’re looking to advance your career.

Work/life balance in a family friendly environment

By our very nature, SDN is focused on children and families, and we reflect this in our workplace conditions. We encourage and support a healthy work/life balance, so many positions at SDN offer flexible hours, part-time work, job sharing, and rostered days off.

Enterprise Agreement benefits

SDN has an Enterprise Agreement in place which covers the majority of our staff. We ensure our salaries are above award rate, and competitive within our sector.

SDN also offers staff the ability to purchase up to 10 extra days leave per financial year; paid Parental Leave; paid Partner Leave; access to Long Service Leave after five years, Ceremonial Leave, Picnic Day, discounted child care; and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Commitment to diversity

SDN’s commitment to diversity is highlighted in our work with children, families and communities from all cultures.

We have over 50 different cultural backgrounds within our workforce and we encourage the recognition of significant cultural celebrations, particularly when planning and programming for children’s learning in our Early Childhood Education and Care centres.

SDN’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff have a special role to play in the work of our organisation, particularly in supporting and engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. We provide our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff with regular yarning sessions, which supports and strengthens them in their culture

Discounted child care fees

SDN offers priority access to child care in our centres for permanent employees at a discounted fee.

Study leave

Employees who undertake tertiary or vocational studies directly related to their role at SDN are eligible to apply for study leave. Full-time staff are entitled to five days study leave, over and above their annual leave, to help them fulfil the demands of studying while working.

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