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SDN Beranga is a purpose built preschool for children with autism located in Rooty Hill. It provides early childhood education for 27 children daily, and also offers early childhood intervention services and children's therapies.
Over the six years we’ve been in operation we’ve supported hundreds of children and families, including many who have transitioned to a mainstream environment.
Each child and family attending SDN Beranga is supported with an individual approach to suit their needs. Our staff include teachers, educators, social workers, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and cooks. We identify children and families’ strengths, then work with you to set goals for your child. Find out more about how SDN Beranga can help your child by reading the SDN Beranga Family Information Handbook here.
While you can’t use your child’s NDIS package to pay for preschool, you can access additional therapy through SDN Beranga’s onsite therapists and pay for it through your child’s NDIS package. Our therapists will work hand-in hand with you and your child’s educators to ensure that their therapy takes place wherever they live and play.
If your child does not yet have an NDIS package, our family resource worker can help you to navigate the NDIS application and planning process.
Agatha Nicol, the cook working for SDN Beranga when it opened, shared her nutritious, affordable and approachable meals with the world when SDN Beranga mealtimes: cooking and sharing meals with your child with autism was published - you can view and download the book for free here.
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The Darug People are the traditional owners of the Western Sydney area where SDN Beranga is located. SDN Beranga first opened its doors in 2013.
Since its formation in 1905, SDN has provided professional, holistic services for children. Specialist staff for children with additional needs began to be employed as early as the 1930s and disability services were formally established in the 1980s.
In 2010, SDN successfully tendered to build and operate an Autism-specific Early Years Demonstration Service in Western Sydney. In August 2011, a transitional program was introduced for families, run from local community centres. SDN Beranga, the purpose-built 'Lighthouse' centre, was officially opened in 2013.
SDN Beranga’s delivery model has been highly successful and has produced outstanding results, reflecting our strong connection with local families and supporting SDN's vision and commitment to enhancing the wellbeing and development of all children.