Nutrition and Mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances.
SDN Chippendale is a cosy centre with a welcoming and home-like atmosphere that offers early childhood education and child care for 36 children from birth to school age.
Nutritious meals are provided to SDN Chippendale's children by a highly qualified cook, and there are tree-covered outdoor play spaces for them to enjoy.
The dedicated SDN Chippendale team is here to help your child thrive. Our educators work in partnership with families to identify each child’s strengths and interests, choose teaching strategies, and work alongside your child in SDN Chippendale's engaging yet safe indoor and outdoor learning environments.
When you arrive at SDN Chippendale, you'd never guess that you were in the heart of an innner city suburb. Situated on a quiet, naturally shaded street with a home-like entrance with plenty of parks within walking distance, SDN Chippendale provides a welcoming and nurturing environment.
I am passionate about making a difference to children and families through giving them access to quality education and care. I have Bachelor in Education (Early Childhood), a Diploma in Education and Care, another in Business Management and Leadership, and a Certificate Four in Workplace Training. I wanted to use my experience and knowledge where they can do the most good, and SDN was my first choice, because SDN is a community based provider with a lot of history and a lot of support.
I first worked for SDN in 1988, as a casual childcare worker before getting a full time position in the nursery at Sydney Day Nursery and Nursery Schools Association in Hillsdale. I left when that became run by the Council. Since then, I’ve worked for Uniting Care, worked in Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital as a play therapist, and was Regional Manager for Goodstart. Most recently I was Manager Educational Leadership and Excellence for ACECQA; the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.
SDN Chippendale cares for a dynamic yet quiet community, and my most memorable experience since starting here has been making first connections with the children. At home, I have two dogs, two cats, and two children. I’m a bit of a Disney nut, and collect Disney memorabilia. My wife and I visit the theme parks and even attend Disney Club meetings – yes, that’s a thing!
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.
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.
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.