Nutrition and Mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances.
SDN Glebe is a cosy centre with a pleasant, home-like atmosphere that offers early childhood education and child care for 29 children from birth to school age. It is also an occasional care centre for the local community.
SDN Glebe focuses on small group experiences. We know that children learn best through play, and so our focus is a child centred play-based approach. We plan our projects and experiences based on the interests of children, and SDN Glebe offers dedicated time for mixed age groups to interact, allowing siblings to learn and play together. You can learn more about our educational program here.
We believe children are capable, independent and resourceful researchers and our priority is making sure that children look forward to each day. Each child is treated as an individual, and their individual play and learning experiences are respected and accommodated.
I began my career as an early childhood teacher in 2000 in a preschool in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I became a lead educator for an Orphanage in Siem Reap. I worked there for five years, caring for and educating children from disadvantaged and traumatised backgrounds. I became a Centre Director of the same orphanage, where I continued developing and running vocational programs for young teenagers while managing the operation of the Centre.
I moved to Sydney in 2006 and began my career as an early childhood educator. I completed my Certificate 3 and Diploma of Children’s Services while working in long day care and preschool services. I then completed a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Degree in 2013 and worked as an early childhood teacher and room leader for a preschool in Marrickville. I joined SDN Woolloomooloo in 2015, running the preschool classrooms.
While working for SDN Woolloomooloo, I was supported to learn and develop skills to assume a leadership role. SDN invested time and resources to develop my personal and professional knowledge and skills to be an effective and competent early childhood teacher and leader. Thanks to SDN’s focus on investing in staff development, I learned and developed a wide range of skills and became confident to take the next step in my career. I took over a Centre Director role at SDN Pyrmont in 2018 for 12 months. I moved to SDN Lois Barker as Centre Director in 2019 for a short period of time before I took 8 months maternity leave. I came to SDN Glebe in April 2020. I am very excited and looking forward to connect with children and families at SDN Glebe and to be part of this community.
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.
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.
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.
The traditional owners of the Glebe area are the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.
Originally an occasional care centre run by another organisation, Glebe became part of the SDN family in 2009 after staff and parents worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to transform the centre into SDN Glebe Children’s Education and Care Centre. All involved celebrated the reopening as staff and families were warmly welcomed to SDN with speeches and a morning tea hosted by the CEO.
On SDN Glebe’s first birthday, the local MP congratulated staff for providing high-quality and much needed education and care for children in the area.
In reflecting on SDN Glebe’s history, the importance of community has always been central to our service. Since its beginnings, the centre has undergone many changes, always maintaining and reflecting a strong connection with the families of this vibrant and diverse community.