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, and there are tree-covered outdoor play spaces for them to enjoy.
Colin Lee is one of three service leaders at SDN and will be acting Centre Director at SDN Chippendale on Thursdays and Fridays until we appoint a permanent director. Before he took on the service leader role, Colin was Director of SDN Bluebell in the ACT where he led the centre to an exceeding rating. He has 22 years of experience working in early childhood. Colin is passionate about building teams that maximise each child’s learning and development and building connections between the centre and its local community.
Fiona Redwood is currently Centre Director of SDN Marrickville and will be acting Centre Director of SDN Chippendale on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from the 28th of January until we appoint a permanent director. Fiona has 32 years of experience in early childhood and is one of SDN’s most experienced Directors. Fiona is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children, families and communities and loves the daily chats she gets to have with families.
Irene has worked at Chippendale for ten years, and has worked in early childhood for fifteen years. Irene loves her job, particularly seeing how challenging children helps them to learn and grow. She works with all age groups and will focus on the 0-3 group while at SDN Chippendale. Irene loves art experiences and has been known to be creative with the way she uses spaces. Science fascinates Irene and she loves carrying out experiments with the children. Irene has a green thumb and is looking forward to restoring the outdoor area at SDN Chippendale to a green oasis. Irene is looking forward to being part of a child focussed organisation like SDN and investigating some of the professional learning opportunities available to her at SDN.
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.