Nutrition and Mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances.
SDN Milperra, located within the grounds of Milperra Public School, provides early childhood education and child care for 60 children from birth to school age.
When your child joins SDN Milperra, they will be taking part in an educational play-based, program which is built on their interests. From super-heroes to dinosaurs, we believe that children learn best when the topic interests them. You can learn more about our educational program here.
Our educators are known for being warm and friendly, and they are easy to talk to. They always listen to what families have to say and they respect each family’s individual beliefs.
Our central dining room provides an open space for children to enjoy nutritious meals cooked onsite. The open set up encourages interaction between our cook and our children, and older children are encouraged to help with serving meals.
What our families say...
“What I like best is the healthy food!”
“The staff are friendly and have been very patient with my son.”
“I love the fact that the rooms are small with a homely feeling.”
“I am most passionate about early literacy and our ongoing transition to school program that is embedded as part of our educational program”
My qualifications and experience
I have worked in various areas of the early childhood sector for nearly three decades. I started my professional journey back in 1995 in country Western NSW and Sydney. I hold a Bachelor of Teaching, Early Childhood and currently studying for my Masters in Research – specialising in Educational Law.
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with all age groups as an Early Childhood Teacher in long day care, early intervention and preschool in NSW Health and service base settings in Australia, as well as abroad in Scotland and England. There, I worked with the National Health Service in the United Kingdom to support children aged 0–12 years across various settings, including running parenting and health programs for young children.
After that, I worked for a not-for-profit crèche for children under 5 in London for two years, before moving to live and work in an early intervention school in Edinburgh, Scotland. Returning to Australia in 2009, I worked at SDN for 12 years, and have spent over a decade here at SDN Milperra.
What I'm most passionate about in my role
I am most passionate about early literacy and our ongoing transition to school program that is embedded as part of our educational program. We are fortunate to continue our growing partnership with the local Milperra Public School next door, and make regular outings to the school library for all children within the centre.
It has been a rewarding journey to see our centre flourish with a "nothing is impossible" attitude and a strong philosophy reflective of a 21st Century learning environment. This has enabled my passion for teaching and has allowed the team to embrace creative and innovative ways to educate children, thus shaping our future leaders.
What I love about working with SDN
It has been a fantastic journey to be part of a centre from the opening days of operation, seeing it grow into an established centre, and rated Exceeding in all areas. This is a significant achievement that the SDN Milperra team are proud of.
I also love the support we get from the wider community. I feel strongly connected to the local community, in addition to my land in the broader country, NSW.
A little bit more about me
In my spare time, I enjoy photography, sewing, cooking, playing the piano and finding a quiet moment to catch up on some reading. I am currently reading The First Astronomers – How Indigenous Elders read the stars by Duane Hamacher with elders and Knowledge holders.
I grew up on a farm and often return to these tranquil settings with my family and three sons. I also enjoy bushwalks, horse riding and motorbike riding, and have been learning to play the drums with my son.
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.
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
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.
Families in our urban-based centres often call our outdoor areas their “green oasis”.
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.
These are just some of the reasons SDN invests in developing new, award-winning outdoor spaces with natural designs that inspire children’s curiosity, physical play, and social play.
SDN acknowledges the traditional owners of the land now known as Milperra.
SDN Milperra opened for operation on 30 April 2012 in the grounds of the Milperra Public School in Western Sydney. An official opening soon followed on 1 August 2012, attended by families and local community including the Bankstown Mayor and a representative from Bankstown City Council Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee. The Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP, then Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, unveiled the centre’s plaque and received a beautiful painting from the children.
SDN Milperra is the result of our organisation’s goal to grow in areas where we already have a presence. In 2010 we successfully applied for a Federal Government grant of $1.6 million to strengthen our service in Western Sydney with a new Children’s Education and Care Centre in Milperra.
Since its beginnings, SDN Milperra has reflected a strong connection with the families in this vibrant and diverse community.
Read more about SDN Milperra's history here.
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:
Try our CCS estimator tool here.
You can also calculate what your out of pocket child care costs will be on the government’s child care subsidy calculator.
Additional Preschool fee relief
In addition, the NSW Government is providing up to $2110 in fee relief for preschool aged children who are enrolled in the preschool program at SDN Children’s Services from 2023.
If your child will be 4 on or before 31 July 2023, this additional funding could mean up to $40 a week in fee relief to your family, on top of the existing child care subsidy.
Read more about the NSW early years commitment.