Discover the four elements that shape our educational program.
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.
Located a short walk from both Newtown and Erskineville Stations, the centre is on a quiet street in a Federation-style building with high ceilings and a spacious landscaped outdoor environment.
Our team is qualified and experienced, and team members come from a variety of cultural backgrounds, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian, Greek, Bangladeshi, Mauritian, Turkish and Burmese.
We provide children with opportunities to take care of their natural environment, engage in small group play through learning centres, develop their appreciation for music and movement and learn about different cultures, with a strong focus on Aboriginal culture. You can learn more about our educational program here.
Our families say...
“The staff have been so thoughtful, generous and skilful in helping my child to settle in and then to thrive.”
“The staff have a genuine love for their work and the children. The diverse community of team members bring their unique skills and cultural perspectives to the centre.”
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 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.