SDN Linthorpe Street provides high-quality early childhood education and child care for 50 children per day in Sydney’s inner west, and has spacious and attractive natural outdoor spaces.

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amy martin
Thank you so much! For the past couple of years looking after Joshua! I highly recommend sdn Newtown...Read More
Mengyuan Cheng
The people in SDN are so nicely and friendly!!! I just have my first placement here, the people in h...Read More
Lara Scharenguivel
We love SDN, the educators genuinely care about the children and foster strong strong connections. W...Read More
I'd like to thank Sdn for settling in our beautiful little Grandson 4 days a week who has just start...Read More
Sasha Arias
I would definitely recommend SDN Linthorpe street for anyone looking for exceptional care for their ...Read More
Henry Lee
Awesome centre in the middle of Newtown. Educators are authentic and sincerely care about the childr...Read More
Katie Mcsweeney
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend SDN Linthorpe St. The staff are kind, caring and compassionate. The...Read More
Marti & Sarah deBoer
Words cannot explain how grateful we are for the care, friendships and love the staff at SDN Linthor...Read More
Sasha Bennett
Highly recommend this daycare. It's a lovely space with great outdoor areas, and the staff are extre...Read More
Jeremy Lunt
Absolutely love SDN Linthorpe St and would fully recommend to anyone. We had our 3 y.o in another da...Read More
Adrienne Neilson
SDN Linthorpe Street is such a special community for our two kids. The big, shady outdoor play area ...Read More
Jacki Chorazy
SDN Lindthorpe street has been such a wonderful constant in our lives over the past 6 years - ever s...Read More
Luke Hunter
I have nothing but praise for the wonderful and amazing team at SDN Newtown. We're lucky to have bee...Read More
Emma Alcock
The amazing staff at SDN Linthorpe Street have a special place in our hearts. They are knowledgeable...Read More
Georgia White
SDN Linthorpe Street is my toddler's home away from home! The educators and centre management staff ...Read More
Helen Manolias
SDN Linthorpe St was a haven for my children, the staff were a strong team that worked together for ...Read More
Tessa Colclough
The educators take really good care of our son: he sleeps well, eats wonderfully, plays with all his...Read More
Sandeep Kaur
My daughter attends the SDN Linthorpe Streer centre. The centre has a very cozy homely environment w...Read More
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SDN Linthorpe St, Newtown

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Ground floor 3 Linthorpe Street Newtown NSW 2042

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7.30am - 6.00pm

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Important information
Meet the Director - Elleni Diaz
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SDN Linthorpe Street, Newtown Centre Director Elleni Nicholson

“One of the things I am passionate about is children being viewed as competent and capable individuals.” 

My qualifications and experience 

I hold a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) from University of Western Sydney, 1999. 

I started as a student doing my first prac at SDN Lois Barker, Waterloo in 1996. Staff at the time suggested I put my name on the SDN casual list and I would do casual work during my holidays. 

Once I finished my degree, I was offered a permanent position at SDN Paddington as an Early Childhood Teacher/Room Leader. During this time, I was second in charge and stepped up when the Centre Director was away.  

After returning from maternity leave in 2008 I started as the centre director at SDN Linthorpe St, Newtown, where I am currently. 

What I'm most passionate about in my role

One of the things I am passionate about is children being viewed as competent and capable individuals, especially children under the age of two. 

The role of an educator is to support their learning and allow children to develop at their own pace. There is no “one size fits all”. What I love about working with SDN 

I love working with a team that has a strong focus on relationships with children and their families. 

I also love that I can reach out for support when I need it from anyone in the organisation and especially within my community. 

A little bit more about me 

I spend my spare time with my family and friends. As a family we often have children’s weekend sports to attend and we also love seeing Sydney and taking road trips. 

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 within our curriculum pillars, 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 practice with children here.

Preschool educational program
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Get more than school-ready, get life-ready 

Getting school-ready is a journey. It begins with your child’s very first day at our welcoming early education and care centres and continues with our dedicated preschool program.

Developed by university-trained early childhood teachers, our preschool program focuses on the whole child. Children learn to make friends and work together, while gaining the skills and independence they need to thrive through the big transition to school.

Our preschool program follows an evidence-backed, play-based learning approach. Children have fun and follow their curiosity, while we weave in vital skills and learning outcomes.

SDN uses Australia’s Early Years Learning Framework to explore a diverse curriculum from science to social justice. Our days are predictable but flexible, blending structured and spontaneous learning, free play, movement and quiet time.

Our curriculum pillars are:

 Relationship and social skills

 Critical thinking and problem solving

 Early literacy and numeracy

 Health, wellbeing and movement

 Science, technology, construction and design

 Nature play and sustainability

 Creative arts

 Equity and social justice

Our centres have a transition to school program where our teachers and educators work together with local schools to prepare your child for a smooth transition, and support families through the process.

Read more about our preschool 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 Linthorpe Street has a large outdoor space with lots of different play areas. This includes a sandpit that leads onto a creek and a creek bed with rock pool, a timber rope bridge, a grass mound, and an amphitheatre. The viewing windows in the fence, placed at various heights, are particularly popular as children can enjoy watching the trains whiz past. SDN Linthorpe Street's children also help to grow herbs and veggies in the centre's gardens.

Centre history
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The traditional owners of the Newtown area are the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.

SDN Linthorpe Street officially opened in Newtown in 1930. A need had long been recognised for a day nursery to serve the local working families living in crowded terraces in Sydney’s inner west. In 1929 SDN purchased 3 Linthorpe Street, originally a purpose-built home and surgery belonging to Dr McClelland. The building was in very good condition with a large garden and needed a few alterations to make it a day nursery.

In recent times, the Ngara Nanga Mai Gathering Room opened at SDN Linthorpe Street to provide a culturally safe space for SDN’s Aboriginal staff members, children and families. The site is also home to The Creation Snake, created by Gangari artist Kathryn Dodd Farrawell (Aunty Kathy).

SDN Linthorpe Street, Newtown has been providing quality early childhood education and child care for children for more than 80 years. Since its beginnings, the centre has reflected a strong connection with local families in a diverse community, and supported SDN's vision and commitment to enhance the wellbeing and development of all children.

Read more about SDN Linthorpe Street's history here.

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From 7 August 2023, our fees will be $200 per day for children under three years old and $177 per day for children three years and over. 

SDN Linthorpe St also offers half day sessions, from the options: 9am to 2pm, 9:30am to 2:30pm OR 10am to 3pm. Half days are $120 for 0-3 years and $107 for 3-5 years.

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 also calculate what your out-of-pocket child care costs will be on the government’s Starting Blocks Child Care Subsidy Calculator.


NSW Start Strong funding - Additional Preschool Fee Relief

On top of any CCS you may receive, the NSW Government is providing additional fee relief:

  • If your child turns 4 years old or before 31 July 2024, is enrolled in a preschool program at an eligible long day care service and doesn’t receive preschool relief (also called start strong funding) from another preschool, you will receive up to $2,110 in fee relief.
  • If your child is 3 years old and not yet 4 years old on, or before 31 July in 2024, is enrolled at an eligible long day care service and doesn’t receive preschool relief (also called start strong funding) from another preschool, you will receive up to $500 in fee relief.

Find more information about the Start Strong program here. If you’ve read this information and you’re still unsure about what you’ll pay, please call us on 1300 831 445 or book a centre tour. We’re happy to answer your questions.

What to bring
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0-2 Babies

  • 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

  • Spare underwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Hat – sun safe
  • Shoes and Socks
  • Warm clothes / Jacket (for outside play)
  • Water Bottle
  • Comforter – for rest time
  • Sheets

3-5 Preschoolers  

  • Spare underwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Hat – sun safe
  • Shoes and Socks
  • Warm clothes / Jacket (for outside play)
  • Water Bottle
  • Blankets
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