Nutrition and Mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances.
SDN Hurstville is a 39-place centre offering early childhood education and child care for children from two years to school age in Sydney’s St George area.
As a smaller centre with a high staff-to-child ratio, we are able to provide your child with small-group, interest-based learning experiences. Our centre has two rooms, one for 2-3 year old children, and one for 4-5 year old children. We value collaborative relationships with families and we help children to connect with their local community through excursions to the park, library and local shops and through celebrating cultural events such as Lunar New Year. We also have a large outdoor play area which recently won a bronze medal for landscape design. You can learn more about our educational program here.
Many of our educators have worked at SDN Hurstville for over 10 years. We have a diverse team of qualified early childhood professionals that includes Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay and Arabic-speaking team members.
Our families say…
“I love the fact that the rooms are small with a homely feel.”
“The centre and staff are excellent in what they do.”
Since I was little I knew that I wanted to work with children. I have very happy memories from my own preschool experiences, and to know that I am now an integral part of so many children’s memories of their early learning experiences is a wonderful feeling.
I hold a Bachelor of Teaching (Birth to School-Age) and a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood, both from Macquarie University. I began working in early childhood as a trainee in 2003 and after completing my practicum placement for my Diploma at SDN Hurstville, a position become open and I joined the team in 2006. It has been great to work at the same centre for over ten years, and to have had the opportunity to work my way up through various positions to become the Centre Director.
Most of our team have been together for over five years, and many of us have actually been here for over ten years. It is lovely to have families return and have the same familiar faces here to greet them.
My spare time is family time. I feel that since becoming a Mum I now have a greater understanding of the families’ perspectives and I am looking forward to using this new insight to better support the children and families within my centre.
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 Hurstville’s garden and play area has been redesigned and landscaped to provide a safe and exciting outdoor space to encourage children’s curiosity, physical skills and social play. It’s a light and airy space, shaded by large sails. It has a purpose-built mud kitchen, a miniature jungle gym, a sandpit on top of a low-incline climbing hill, and a wide double slide, which is good for socialising and sliding!
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 area now known as Hurstville are the Biddegal people of the Eora Nation.
SDN Hurstville was officially opened on 18 March 1998 by Senator Marise Payne in the presence of guests including SDN’s then patron Mrs Samuels. The previous year, SDN had taken over the operation of a child care centre run by St George Anglican Church and had moved the centre to its current location on 13 October 1997.
The new building was SDN’s first purpose-built centre since the 1970s. It was noted for its light and airy interior which retained portions of the original building – once a local corner shop.
Since its beginnings, SDN Hurstville has undergone many changes, always maintaining and reflecting a strong connection with the families of this vibrant and diverse community.
Read more about SDN Hurstville's history here.