SDN Lady McKell is a 73 place centre providing high-quality and early childhood education and child care for children from birth to school age in Goulburn.

Our team of qualified and passionate early childhood educators warmly welcomes all children and their families to SDN Lady McKell. Our educational program is designed to support each child to explore and research their own interests so they are happy and fully engaged. You can learn more about our educational program here.

SDN Lady McKell has a rich history and a strong connection with the Goulburn community. Generations of families have attended our centre, and over the years we have been proud to have cultivated a beautiful outdoor environment that all children can share in and learn to care for.

We are located in the centre of Goulburn so we make regular trips with the children to Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Goulburn Mulwaree Library, nearby parks and places of interest such as the police station, fire station and local businesses.

Our families say…
“I’m so thrilled to see how my child has gained confidence and how his language and communication skills have improved. He looks forward to going and is enjoying making friends.”

“The resources they have at the centre are fantastic and I love how they feed them nutritious food. My child loves going there.”

Important information
Meet the Director - Anna Lamarra
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Anna Lamarra

I have been working for SDN for over 12 years, and have a Diploma in Children’s Services. I have worked from all the way up from a trainee, to an early childhood educator, to a Room Leader, and am now Centre Director. My whole career is based upon SDN’S philosophy and values. I have worked across the entire Centre and have experience in all age groups. This is a huge advantage to managing the team, relationships with families and children, and having an understanding of what each role entails, along with a thorough understanding of child development. I also have a background in Early Childhood Development.

I started working for SDN in 2007 after the completion of my HSC and came on board as part of their first-ever traineeship program. My goal was to complete the traineeship and find out whether Early childhood was for me and then head to uni to pursue a career in teaching, and as they say the rest is history.

I am passionate about early education and this motivation and commitment to SDN was the pathway to my success in this new position. My drive and enthusiasm ultimately stems from the fact that not one day is ever the same in Early Childhood, which keeps the learning process ever-changing. I am surrounded by a team of passionate and committed Educators in the heart of our Community.

Lady McKell is right in the heart of Goulburn and has been providing high quality childcare since our opening in 1954. We are well established within the community with most of our staff and families having attended the centre. We have spectacular well-established gardens but it is the staff that make this Centre the high quality service that the community has come to know and trust. We have extremely low staff turnover.

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking with my Doberman and we also train and compete in dogs sports. My husband and I also own and operate two local businesses that stem from our passions one of which is a mid-century home décor store and a café.

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.

SDN Lady McKell has a large outdoor play area with lots of trees to provide shade in the summer and sun-dappled adventures during the winter. It has a sandpit under a sail, cubby spaces, and a proper mud kitchen with wide sinks and benchtops so the children can create garden play delicacies! There’s also a veggie garden where the children plant seedlings, which they later pick and get fed as part of their nutritious meals. Last but certainly not least is the chicken house where their beloved centre chickens live.

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From 1 January 2021, our fees will be $120 per day for children under three years old and $115 per day for children three years and over. 

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.

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

  • Nappies
  • 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

  • Nappies / 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
Centre history
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The area now known as Goulburn Mulwaree was traditionally a very important meeting place for various Aboriginal groups including the Mulwaree, Tarlo, Burra Burra, Wollondilly, Wiradjuri, Gundungurra, Dharrook, Tharawal, Lachlan, Pajong, Parramarragoo, Cookmal and Gnunawal people.

SDN Lady McKell, Goulburn first opened its doors in 1954. The centre was named after Lady Mary McKell, a significant contributor to fundraising and wife of Sir William McKell, the Governor-General of Australia. The building was considered state of the art with maximised light and air to the playrooms and dining room, and access to a well-equipped and protected open-air play area. SDN Lady McKell, Goulburn still provides a wonderful caring and learning space for local children more than 50 years later.

Since its beginnings, SDN Lady McKell, Goulburn 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 Lady McKell's history here.

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