Nutrition and Mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances.
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.”
I’ve worked with SDN for 18 years now, having first experienced working at SDN when I was doing the practical component of my degree. Over the years I have been lucky enough to work with all age groups and have also been able to take advantage of the many opportunities SDN has provided to develop my leadership skills.
I have been Director at SDN Linthorpe Street since returning from parental leave in 2008. As Director I have had the pleasure of watching many children grow and learn with the support of my team and their families. Working with a team that is passionate about educating children makes my job a lot easier.
Visitors to SDN Linthorpe Street are always surprised when they come to the centre and see such a big open space. Our outdoor environment is the length of the entire building and makes for a space that encourages the children to explore, discover, take responsibility for the natural environment and most of all to engage and play in.
One of the things I like about my job is the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with the children, their families and my team. I also like to support and mentor educators while challenging them and encouraging them to continue learning.
One of my most memorable experiences of SDN Linthorpe Street was when the Governor of NSW, David Hurley, and his wife Mrs Hurley came to visit the Centre. The educators, children and families were all very excited to meet them and the children gave the Governor a book they had made about him and his wife living in a 'castle'. Because of the connection that the staff and children made with Mrs Hurley we were invited to visit Government House and Mrs Hurley has visited us to share her love of music with the children.
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 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.
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 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.