Nutrition and Mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances.
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.
Education is a partnership, and the thing I love most about our centre is the valuable partnership our team has built with our Erskineville families.
I started my career in early childhood education in 2003. I first worked at SDN Erskineville in 2010 as a diploma trained educator while studying for my Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education from Macquarie University. Before returning to be the Director at SDN Erskineville in 2016, I have enjoyed teaching and directing at SDN Mosman and Riverwood, where I was mentored in leadership and best practices.
I strongly believe in the Australian connection to the outdoors and the positive impacts that nature and natural elements have on the whole child, including health and wellbeing. Erskineville is not exactly in the middle of the bush, but we make the most of Erskineville’s gorgeous green spaces and get outside as often as we can.
One of my favourite experiences was when the children at Erskineville decided they wanted to build a rocket. The “rocket project” as it became known took months, and I was able to build a lot of learning experiences around the children’s enthusiasm for the project. It was a joy to see their faces when the project was finished – they had come such a long way.
Outside of early education and care, I’m a well-seasoned traveller and a devoted foodie. On the weekend I can be found exploring Sydney’s food truck scene and finding local food gems or baking for friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.