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 have been working in various areas of the early childhood sector for almost 22 years. I started my professional journey back in 1995 in Western NSW and Sydney.
Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with all age groups as an Early Childhood Teacher in long daycare, early intervention and preschool settings in Australia, as well as abroad in Scotland and England. It is there that I was able to work with the National Health Service in the United Kingdom to support children aged 0–12 years.
In 2005 I took up an opportunity to become a Director of a Not for Profit organisation Children’s Under 5 creche in London for two years and then moved on to live and work in an early intervention school setting in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Since returning to Australia I have worked for SDN for the last 5 years, and I commenced with the organisation in Canberra. In 2012 I returned to Sydney and took on the Centre Director role at SDN Milperra. It has been an amazing journey to be part of a centre from the opening days of operation, to see it grow into an established centre supported by the partnership of the wider and local community.
We are very fortunate to continue our growing partnership with the local Milperra Public School next door. This has seen my passion for early literacy and ongoing school transition program embedded as part of our educational program with regular outings to the school library for all of the children within the centre.
I grew up on a farm and often return to these tranquil settings with my family and three sons. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and finding a quiet moment to catch up on some reading and play the piano.
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.
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.
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.
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.