Nutrition and Mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances.
Situated in Belconnen in the ACT, SDN Bluebell offers early childhood education and child care for 62 children from birth to school age per day.
Our qualified team of early childhood teachers, educators and support staff has a wide variety of experience in early childhood education. At SDN Bluebell we provide children with a range of exciting, play-based learning experiences that build on children’s individual and shared interests. You can learn more about our educational program here.
We value children as capable and confident individuals and we encourage children to contribute to all aspects of Bluebell’s educational program. Our educators focus on building strong and respectful relationships with children, families and each other.
What our families say...
“The staff make me feel at ease about leaving my son there. They are friendly and go out of their way to make him feel safe and comfortable all the time”
“I can’t recommend this centre highly enough. It’s a great place that I tell everyone about.”
I have over 10 years experience in the children’s services sector, including long day care management, inclusion support facilitation, preschool teaching and outside-school-hours care management. I have an Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services, as well as a Bachelor of Education in Primary/Early Childhood Education.
I am particularly proud to work for SDN because of their commitment to prioritise the wellbeing of children at all times alongside using the integrated pathways approach, which recognises and values each interaction whilst being ‘person-centred’ and ‘place-based’. This strongly resonates with my own Image of Child (Malaguzzi, 1996), one where all children are viewed as independent, capable and connected.
Children have a natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge and new skills, and I find that learning alongside them every day to always be a rewarding adventure.
I believe that supporting a sound learning foundation for children during their early education is vital to informing life-long learning and as such professional, knowledgeable and dedicated early childhood educators such as the wonderful team I found here at Bluebell are fundamentally important.
I have previously worked at SDN Bluebell as the preschool teacher and then the centre manager in 2006-2007, and having just returned I have nothing but fond memories of my previous time here.
On my first day at SDN Bluebell, I fondly remember being thoughtfully greeted by the team with a welcome banner on the door, followed up by meeting many of the children, who enthusiastically introduced themselves and shared their beautiful centre with me.
In my spare time, I am very active and enjoy playing soccer, as well as running through the reserve near my home. I also feel incredibly lucky to have lots of fun being mum to my three beautiful girls.
Growing bodies need movement and exercise. Growing minds need stimulus and exploration. Growing hearts need opportunities to play and mix with others.
At SDN we know that the best thing we can do for your infant or toddler is to support them to grow and develop in safe, unhurried, nurturing and challenging environments.
Because infants and toddlers are naturally curious, our centres have well-equipped indoor and outdoor areas that will keep your child moving and give them daily opportunities to explore their limits and grow their abilities.
Your child is unique and so we will devise a learning and development program based on what we know about your child’s interests, learning and development. Because they will always be changing and growing, we consistently review the program to ensure we are keeping up with your child’s development, providing them with the best learning opportunities.
Read more about our Child-led Educational program here.
Developed by university-trained early childhood teachers, our preschool program focuses on the whole child, building healthy bodies, caring hearts and curious minds.
We will draw on your child’s interests, strengths, needs and culture to plan and implement a program that best meets their learning and developmental needs.
The program is flexible and will give your child a voice in their learning and development. Your child will be our co-planner, sharing ideas and questions that drive their learning. Our preschool teachers will plan experiences for your child that focus on specific skills in an engaging and meaningful way to support their growing skills and knowledge.
We will immerse your child in a language-rich environment and support them to develop the skills and mindset they need for a successful start to school. Through planned play and learning experiences your child will develop the listening and social skills as well as a passion for learning with curiosity, enthusiasm, persistence, cooperation and focused attention they will need when they transition to school.
Our centres have a transition to school program where our educators work together with local kindergarten teachers and our preschool teachers attend transition to school meetings with local schools.
Read more about our Child-led Educational program here.
Families in our urban-based centres often call our outdoor areas their “green oasis”.
SDN's outdoor spaces provide opportunities for children to enjoy themselves and have adventures. They’re safe environments for children to run, jump and yell, make mud cakes, and use their energy.
Outdoor spaces provide more than physical benefits. Even though you may think that children only play outside to have fun, they're also improving their thinking, social, and emotional skills. When they’re playing outside, they’re inventing games, learning about the world at their own pace, and figuring out social customs like turn-taking.
These are just some of the reasons SDN invests in developing new, award-winning outdoor spaces with natural designs that inspire children’s curiosity, physical play, and social play.
The majority of families in our centres do not pay the full daily fee because they receive Child Care Subsidy (CCS) from the government.
The subsidy you may receive through the CCS will depend on:
You can calculate what your out of pocket child care costs will be on the government’s child care subsidy calculator.
The Ngunnawal People are the traditional owners of the Canberra area where SDN Bluebell is located.
Bluebell Child Care Centre opened its doors on 9 September 1996. The centre is geographically a long way from ‘head office’ in Sydney, but it is an important part of the SDN story.
A NSW-based organisation, SDN has been connected with the ACT since the 1950s, with SDN representatives often attending the Australian Pre-school Association meetings held in Canberra. SDN Bluebell was formed after SDN was invited to submit an Offer to Operate a new purpose-built early childhood education and care centre on behalf of a consortium of four Commonwealth Government organisations.
Since its beginnings, SDN Bluebell has always provided an inclusive and integrated approach to education and care. The centre has undergone many changes, always maintaining and reflecting a strong connection with the families in this vibrant and diverse community.
Read more about SDN Bluebell's history here.