Nutrition and Mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances.
SDN Mosman provides early childhood education and child care for 43 children per day in the beautiful Lower North Shore suburb of Mosman, and has a real feel of being 'a home away from home'.
I have a Bachelor of Teaching specialising in ages birth to 5 years from Macquarie University and worked full time during my studies. I had the challenge and opportunity of jumping straight into a room leader role as my very first job in the industry, so I learnt very quickly what it took to provide quality care for children. I have a passion for infants and have always worked in a baby space and understand how important it is to create a warm, safe and secure environment for children and their families.
I came across SDN when I was causal teaching just before getting ready to move overseas to Amsterdam. I made such strong connections with the staff members that we kept in contact whilst I was living overseas and as soon as I came back I knew where I wanted to stay! The staff that work at SDN Mosman are some of the most caring people I have met, they have a real passion for the industry and truly understand the value of providing an environment that promotes children to develop, grow and excel in life.
SDN Mosman differs from other services as we provide a home away from home, we have such a tight knit community that is inclusive and welcoming to all. Our SDN Mosman family has the ability to make that transition from home to centre the smoothest possible.
Georgia McFarlane is currently the acting Centre Director at SDN Mosman. Leanne DeMatos will return from parental leave in September 2020.
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.
The traditional owners of the area now known as Mosman are the Kuringgai People.
SDN Mosman opened in 1944 at 33 Brierley Street, a residential house that had been purchased by SDN in 1943 and converted into a nursery school.
Mosman’s large Federation-style houses were home to professionals and artists. During the Second World War, the need for long daycare and nursery schools in the Mosman area became apparent as more women took up work, or worked for long hours.
In 1976, the nursery school’s ‘old cottage’ house was replaced with the current building, which still provides a light-filled, modern environment for the education and care of children more than 40 years later.
Since its beginnings, SDN Mosman has reflected a strong connection with local families, and supported SDN's vision and commitment to enhance the wellbeing and development of all children.
Read more about Mosman's history here.