The work we do with children and families has an impact on who children are and who they become. Scroll down to read stories of the impact we have had on the wellbeing of children and families.

Our impact at a glance


children and families positively impacted


children with disabilities supported with early intervention


families facing challenges supported


children in supported playgroups and activities

*Data from the period FY2022-2023

A message from our CEO

"We see the whole child, their world and their family. We respect their rights and encourage them to participate and have powerful voices."
Kay Turner, Chief Executive Officer

Early experiences are vital to children's wellbeing

At SDN, we’re building an equitable world where all children thrive. We know from research that children thrive when their whole wellbeing is enhanced. We focus on making sure children have the following:

They are loved and safe

They are healthy

They have a positive sense of culture and identity

They are learning

They are participating

They have material basics

Our stories

Inclusion at our centres

Discover Michael’s story, which demonstrates what it takes to successfully include a child with complex needs in our centres and what it means to be truly inclusive.

SDN Bluebell's journey to reconciliation

SDN Bluebell have been making steadfast progress in their journey to reconciliation and bringing families, staff and the community along the journey. This has welcomed several families who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander to enrol their children at the centre and many early childhood students and staff are actively seeking out SDN Bluebell, as they feel it is a culturally safe environment.

Bringing hope to our asylum seeker families

Like many other asylum seekers, Delima is on a limited visa, and has no access to Medicare, and government support like the NDIS or childcare subsidy. Delima knew that her child Ahmad needed help before he started school but didn’t know where or how to access it. SDN Family Resource Worker, Sarah, met Delima and Ahmad when Ahmad was three.

Why work at SDN? A story of inclusion in action

"At SDN, inclusion is not just what we talk about, it’s what we do. Inclusion is embedded in the culture and SDN Beranga is a testament to that." – Amanda, Centre Director at SDN Beranga Autism Specific Preschool.

Creating impact with our scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Discover how SDN's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship program has helped families to access quality early childhood education and care, and prepare them for their transition to school and beyond.

Families helping families

Give a present for a better future. Families helping families is a program that supports the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island scholarship program. As a village, it gives SDN families an opportunity to play an active role in supporting other families, for their children to access quality early childhood education.

History of SDN

We are a not-for-profit organisation with a rich history, serving children and families for more than 116 years.

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Child Safe Organisation

We are a Child Safe Organisation whose purpose is to promote and enhance children’s wellbeing, learning and development in inclusive environments. 

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Aboriginal scholarships

Our scholarship programs enable children to access quality early education, preparing them for their transition to school.

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