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

SDN Crookwell Preschool supporting regional and remote families to access therapy

The COVID-19 pandemic left many children and families feeling isolated and disconnected from their communities. During this time and since SDN Crookwell Preschool has been supporting children to access these important therapies.

The positive impact of a 43 year career in early childhood

What does it mean to truly make an impact in shaping a child’s life? Read about Anne's 43 year career journey at SDN.

The Beranga model: supporting children to reach their full potential

The positive impact that SDN Beranga Autism Specific Preschool has on children, families and in the community is beyond words. Qualified educators form a strong partnership with families to meet their child’s goals and inspire positive change every day. At Beranga, we create a village of support for families to feel confident, capable and connected.

SDN Pyrmont leads the community in embracing outdoor play

SDN Pyrmont has introduced a Outdoor Lead role in their team, to focus on the benefits and learning opportunities outdoor play gives to children. As the Centre is in an area where apartment living is prevalent, children thrive in the outdoor environment.

Thriving Families – humanising the family support system

Through their Thriving Families framework, our SDN Family Preservation team have reframed and adapted their practices to ensure their work makes a difference to the lives of children and families. At the centre of this is their coaching approach, which builds the capacity of families and acknowledges their unique strengths.

Supported playgroups; benefitting children and families now and into the future

SDN’s Ngara Nanga Mai Aboriginal Playgroup, supports the participation of vulnerable Aboriginal children and families by developing a sense of cultural connection and safety that ensures the cultural identity of children and families is accepted and nurtured.

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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