Nutrition and Mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances.
SDN Crookwell Preschool is a 29 place, community-based centre for children aged three to five years. The centre also provides occasional care on Fridays for children aged from birth to five years.
Our qualified educators recognise and build on children's interests and strengths and they encourage and support children to pursue their own interests and to learn through play. You can learn more about our educational program here.
The centre has an extensive outdoor play area with trees for climbing, real grass for soccer and footy, and bugs and nature to explore. Crookwell Memorial Oval is across the road from us, so we also have plenty of extra space for games and activities. We participate in local community events and have strong relationships with local schools, the Viewhaven Nursing Home, our local library and local businesses. Families and friends are always welcome and are invited to join us for many events and activities throughout the year.
Our families say…
“Teachers are always very caring and welcome, my son has made a lot of new friendships.”
“I like leaving my child with friendly staff, in a fun, safe environment, knowing he will learn.”
I am an Early Childhood teacher with a Bachelor of Education. I am also primary trained and have taught in local schools.
I started as Director of SDN Crookwell in 1995, filling in for a temporary maternity leave contract before returning to work at St Mary’s Primary school for two years.
In 1998 I became the teaching Director at SDN Crookwell, and I have proudly played a big part in many changes at preschool since. While working as Director I also completed a Graduate Diploma in Inclusive Education.
I love catching up with our preschool graduates and finding out about the journey their lives have taken since leaving preschool. Students who attend the local high school often return to SDN Crookwell as part of their year 10 work experience and students from year 9 assist with mentoring with mathematics and as helping at our annual Christmas concert.
I initiated the Crookwell Preschool Christmas concert in 1995, and it has become an annual preschool and community event.
I have five children and 10 young grandchildren. In my spare time I compete in local sporting competitions such as hockey, squash and tennis. I’m also a qualified Austswim teacher. My interests include bike riding, sewing and family holidays.
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.
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.
SDN Crookwell has a large outdoor play area with lots of trees to provide shade in the summer and sun-dappled adventures during the winter. It’s also perfectly quipped to be a great backdrop for your child’s adventures. There’s a dress up station with helmets and worker’s vests, two jungle gyms, and a play row boat! SDN Crookwell also has chickens and a chook house, which was made with help from members of the Men’s Shed across the road, who used recycled timber from SDN Crookwell’s office renovations a few years ago.
The traditional owners of the Crookwell area are the Gundungurra People.
Crookwell Preschool first opened on 16 June 1970 and later joined the SDN family on 29 January 2002 when it became SDN Crookwell Preschool.
Growing from a community-initiated vision at a public meeting, the first buildings were transported in from local schools, with further purpose-built additions over the years. Crookwell Preschool became recognised as an integral part of education and child development in the area. An Outreach Program travelled as far as Bigga to help families access the preschool, and a ‘Country Day’ was established for children who could only attend once a week.
Since its beginnings, SDN Crookwell Preschool has undergone many changes, always maintaining and reflecting a strong connection with the families in this vibrant and diverse community.