Nutrition and Mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances.
SDN Hamilton Street, Bathurst is a 52 place centre offering childhood education and child care for children from birth to school age.
Our beautiful yard with giant trees, real grass, dirt, leaves and mud is a wonderful place for your child to explore and discover, to learn how to care for their environment and to use their imagination to create their own magical worlds.
The centre first opened in 1951 and since then we have built strong connections with the Bathurst community. Many of our original students have returned to SDN Hamilton Street as parents and grandparents of new children attending the centre.
Our passionate team of qualified educators bring many years of experience to our centre, and they are dedicated to creating a strong, supportive and fun learning community for the children and families we serve. You can learn more about our educational program here.
Our families say...
“You are an exceptional and vibrant staff who care for the children but also have a great dynamic for one another.”
"The staff are easy to talk to and are more than happy to chat about my child’s day when I pick her up. Most of all you can tell they love working with the children.”
I have been the Centre Director at SDN Hamilton Street, Bathurst for the past four years.
My husband and I moved to Bathurst from Sydney in 1986 and I began working at the centre as a casual soon after. In the following years my three children all attended Hamilton Street, and once they were all at school I changed to become a permanent part-time employee, and I eventually took up a full time position.
The strong link that Hamilton Street has with the community is one of the reasons I love coming to work each day. Often grandparents come to collect their grandchildren and they relay stories of when their children attended the centre. Our recent renovations and our beautiful outdoor environment ensure that both children and staff now have an inviting space to educate, explore and discover the world around them.
I am very fortunate to lead a dynamic team of educators who truly believe in SDN’s values and philosophy and use these to guide their educational practice.
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.
SDN Hamilton Street has a large outdoor play area with lots of trees to provide shade in the summer and sun-dappled adventures during the winter. Their outdoor space also has a wide slide, two play stages, and a gazebo with toys, book shelves, and couches.
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 Bathurst area are the Wiradjuri People.
SDN Hamilton Street, Bathurst first opened its doors in 1951. The centre answered an increasing need for child care brought on by the growing number of women joining the workforce during and after the Second World War. SDN Hamilton Street, Bathurst opened in a modern, purpose-built nursery school with scaled-down proportions “so that it is a little school for little people”, the architects said. SDN has continued to provide a safe and caring and learning space for the children of Bathurst for more than 60 years.
Since its beginnings, SDN Hamilton Street, Bathurst has reflected a strong connection with local families, and supported SDN's vision and commitment to enhancing the wellbeing and development of all children.
Read more about SDN Hamilton Street history here.