As unique as the community we work in, and located a convenient five-minute walk from Erskineville Station, SDN Erskineville welcomes children from birth to school age.

Our team cultivates a sense of belonging and provides a safe and nurturing environment to help your child learn and grow. We know that each child brings with them their own strengths, capabilities, culture, interests, knowledge, ideas and experiences. Supporting learning through play is important to us–play enables children to learn from each other and to explore each other’s world and the world around them.

Our educators work in partnership with families to identify each child’s strengths and interests, choose teaching strategies, design learning environments, and to connect our service-based learning opportunities with home-based learning. You can learn more about our educational program here.

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88 Swanson Street Erskineville 2043

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Meet the Director - Ruth Wilson
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SDN Erskineville Centre Director Ruth Wilson

"I am always able to focus my attention towards supporting children and families. I know that SDN is committed to this too, and that they enable our team to carry out this support."

My qualifications and experience 

I started working casually as a Cert-III trained Educator in 2003 in my hometown of Dubbo. 

I began my journey at SDN in 2010, starting as a Diploma-trained Educator at SDN Erskineville. During this time I studied and gained my Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood from Macquarie University in 2011. 

I worked as an Early Childhood Teacher at SDN Mosman, before moving onto become the Centre Director at SDN Riverwood in 2015. I returned to SDN Erskineville in 2017, where I’ve remained as Centre Director to this day. 

Prior to all of this, I’ve always been interested in teaching and caring for children from a young age. When I was in high school, I had an amazing science teacher who demonstrated that a passionate teacher can have an astounding impact on the children they teach.

What I'm most passionate about in my role 

I see my role as a leader to support and enable my team to promote better outcomes for children and families. This includes researching or attending training, which will enhance my team’s knowledge and confidence. 

Within my training, I have ventured on some interesting paths such as trauma informed practice and leadership. I share this knowledge with my team and support them on their learning journey so together we can deliver high quality education and care.

What I love about working with SDN  

I chose to work with SDN because I felt that our philosophy aligned. Working here, I am always able to focus my attention towards supporting children and families. I know that SDN is committed to this too, and that they enable our team to carry out this support.  

A little bit more about me 

In my spare time I listen to audio books including all the old classics. I love cooking and finding all the hidden little restaurants around Sydney.  

I’ve travelled to some amazing countries and there is still many I would like to visit, though recently I have been exploring more of NSW and all its little gems. 

I have also recently returned to university to study Nutrition. 

Infant & Toddler Educational program
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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.

Preschool Educational Program
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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.

Outdoor space
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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.

As one of our oldest centres, SDN Erskineville’s outdoor play area has the natural protection of a grand old tree that was planted in its middle. It also showcases a piece of pioneering female history. One of Australia’s first female architecture graduates, Ellice Nosworthy, was hired to design a ‘new and modern’ nursery for Erskineville. A pram access ramp encompasses the ground floor outdoor space, giving the space a feeling of majesty and adventure. There’s also an infants’ play space, nestled amongst the treetops, on the first floor of SDN Erskineville.

Centre history
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SDN Erskineville first opened its doors on 25 August 1937 – run out of a house at 88 Swanson Street with an enrolment of 23 children. At the official opening, Lady Mayoress Mrs G.A. Parkes announced that Erskineville Nursery School would be a place “of love” where children would be taken care of and developed into good citizens.

Quality, affordable childcare had been in high demand in inner Sydney since SDN’s foundation in 1905. With the introduction of nursery schooling in the 1930s, SDN’s focus turned to providing early education for the children of workers living in Erskineville’s crowded terrace houses.

In 1945, the school was completely redesigned by Ellice Nosworthy, one of Australia’s first female architecture graduates, re-opening in 1947 as a ‘new modern nursery’. Many years later in 1999, a cot room for babies was added.

The traditional owners of the land are the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.
Over the years the area has seen many changes, and since its beginnings, SDN Erskineville has welcomed children from many different cultures and backgrounds. SDN Erskineville maintains and reflects strong connections with this vibrant, diverse and ever-changing community.

Read more about SDN Erskineville's history here

Fees
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From 4 July 2022, our fees will be $180 per day for children under three years old and $160 per day for children three years and over. 

SDN Erskineville also offers half day sessions. Half days are $109 for 0-3 years and $97 for 3-5 years, from 9am to 2pm.

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:

  • Your combined family income
  • The number of hours you work, study or participate in recognised volunteer work. This is called the ‘activity test’. If your child is in the year before school, if you are on a very low income, or if you are on parental leave, you will not have to pass the activity test to receive some CCS.

Your child will need to meet immunisation requirements and you will need to meet residency requirements to be eligible to receive the CCS.

Try our CCS estimator tool here.

You can calculate what your out of pocket child care costs will be on the government’s child care subsidy calculator.

If you’ve read this information and you’re still unsure about what you’ll pay, please call us or book a centre tour. We’re happy to answer your questions.

What to bring
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0-2 Babies

  • Change of clothes x2
  • Hat – sun safe  
  • Shoes and Socks
  • Warm clothes / Jacket (for outside play)
  • Shoes and Socks
  • Comforter – soft toy/blanket/dummy
  • Bottles and milk formula/breast milk
  • Blanket / Cot sheets

2-3 Toddlers

  • Spare underwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Hat – sun safe
  • Shoes and Socks
  • Warm clothes / Jacket (for outside play)
  • Drink Bottle
  • Comforter – for rest time
  • Blankets

3-5 Preschoolers  

  • Spare underwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Hat – sun safe
  • Shoes and Socks
  • Warm clothes / Jacket (for outside play)
  • Drink Bottle
  • Blankets
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