SDN and UNSW sign agreement for management of child care centres

SDN Children’s Services and the University of NSW have signed an agreement for SDN to manage three of the university’s long day care centres on their behalf.

The services are all located around the university campus, and cater for children of university staff and students as well as the local community.

The centres have all achieved high quality ratings against the National Quality Standard and have a strong reputation with families. Originally established to enable staff and students at UNSW to achieve their career and study aspirations, this agreement demonstrates the university’s commitment to supporting children and families to continue to access these important services.

SDN is an experienced not-for-profit provider of early childhood services, with a focus on the wellbeing, learning and development of children in inclusive environments.

“Our aim is to make this transition as smooth as we can for the children, families and centre staff, without compromising quality,” said SDN CEO Kay Turner. “This is a great opportunity for SDN to work together with the university, our staff and families, and I’m looking forward to progressing our partnership over the coming years.”

“UNSW is pleased SDN, a not-for-profit provider with a strong reputation for providing high-quality early childhood education and care, has been awarded the tender”, said David Ward, UNSW’s Vice-President of Human Resources. “The University looks forward to working with SDN and ensuring children, families, staff and students continue their positive UNSW campus experience”.

The agreement follows an extensive tender and shortlisting process. SDN was announced as preferred provider in August and the agreement is expected to start managing the services from January 2021, subject to the appropriate regulatory approvals.

SDN was established in 1905, and currently operates 24 long day care and pre-school services across NSW and the ACT, as well as therapies for children from birth to transition to high school, including services provided under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and family support services that help children thrive by promoting strong, functional and well-supported families.

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