SDN North Sydney is in a serene location, nestled at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac with ample outdoor natural spaces. It is a 75 place centre for children from birth to school age.

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Reviews from Google (13)

HN
Holly N
Wonderful daycare. Amazing educators, one key educator for our little one to develop strong bond wi...Read More
NS
Nicole Stewart
We've been members of the SDN community for five years now & thrilled with it for our kids. The edu...Read More
TS
Tripthee Suri
MC
Michelle Cai
I can highly recommend SDN North Sydney. Everyone there is just so friendly! They have very high st...Read More
ST
Sara T
A
Andrea
My little one has been in SDN over two years. Principal Carol has initiated a special program to hav...Read More
LD
Larissa Duncombe
My 3.5 yo son has been attending SDN for almost a year now and I've been delighted with the care and...Read More
孙妍
Highly recommended here, with great teachers and environment.
TM
Tim Morcombe
Great well run centre with excellent teachers and friendly families.
OD
Olga Camacho Duarte
I am thrilled with SDN North Sydney. My daughter is in her first year at the centre and she is thriv...Read More
MP
Marc Pardy
Our daughter has been attending here for almost a year. It is staffed by incredibly caring and profe...Read More
JA
Jodi Arrow
I highly recommend SDN North Sydney! My daughter has just started primary school after 4 years at t...Read More
RS
Ross Stewart
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8 Rodborough Ave Crows Nest NSW 2065

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Important information
About
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SDN North Sydney has a long-standing director who has over 13 years experience at this centre, which has been providing quality education and child care in this community for over 90 years. Our team of culturally diverse and dedicated staff believe in building strong and secure relationships with children and families through an environment of mutual respect and trust.

Our educational program is centred on growing children’s capacity and self-confidence by developing learning opportunities that are focused around children’s interests and strengths. The centre’s natural outdoor spaces, with lush green gardens, are perfect for exploration and discovery and fuelling children’s imagination and curiosity. You can learn more about our educational program here.

Special classes available for SDN North Sydney children

SDN North Sydney has introduced some special classes for their toddlers and pre-schoolers, that run on Mondays and Fridays. Aimed at helping children learn through having fun, the special classes include music appreciation, sports fundamentals, yoga for kids, Mandarin lessons, and local excursions. Click here to see detailed information on the special classes.

Meet the Director - Elleni Diaz (Acting Director)
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“One of the things I am passionate about is children being viewed as competent and capable individuals.” 

My qualifications and experience 

I hold a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) from University of Western Sydney, 1999. 

I started as a student doing my first prac at SDN Lois Barker, Waterloo in 1996. Staff at the time suggested I put my name on the SDN casual list and I would do casual work during my holidays. 

Once I finished my degree, I was offered a permanent position at SDN Paddington as an Early Childhood Teacher/Room Leader. During this time, I was second in charge and stepped up when the Centre Director was away.  

After returning from maternity leave in 2008 I started as the centre director at SDN Linthorpe St, Newtown, where I am currently, along with being Acting Director for SDN North Sydney.

What I'm most passionate about in my role

One of the things I am passionate about is children being viewed as competent and capable individuals, especially children under the age of two. 

The role of an educator is to support their learning and allow children to develop at their own pace. There is no “one size fits all”.

What I love about working with SDN 

I love working with a team that has a strong focus on relationships with children and their families. 

I also love that I can reach out for support when I need it from anyone in the organisation and especially within my community. 

A little bit more about me 

I spend my spare time with my family and friends. As a family we often have children’s weekend sports to attend and we also love seeing Sydney and taking road trips. 

Infant & Toddler Educational program
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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.

Preschool Educational program
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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

Outdoor space
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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.

Centre History
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The traditional owners of the North Sydney area are the Cammeraigal People of the Eora Nation.

SDN North Sydney officially opened on 11 December 1926. Back then it was known as the Northern Suburbs Day Nursery, located in a bungalow purchased by SDN for £2,600 and renovated. The ‘Dorothea MacCallum Cot Room’ was named in honour of then SDN President, Lady MacCallum, who had personally donated £100 towards the nursery.

SDN had recognised the need for a nursery in the northern suburbs of Sydney as some mothers had to travel into the city to drop their children at one of SDN’s nurseries before travelling back to the northern suburbs again to their workplaces.

On 27 May 1977, the old house was demolished and a new building constructed on the site.

Since its beginnings, SDN North Sydney has undergone many changes but has always maintained and reflected a strong connection with families in a vibrant and diverse community. This is most recently reflected in its name change to SDN North Sydney from its beginning name of SDN Northern Suburbs. This change was done to be a more accurate reflection of the centre's location, as opposed to the generic and outdated initial name.

Learn more about SDN North Sydney

Fees
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From 4 July 2022, our fees will be $191 per day for children under three years old and $175 per day for children three years and over.

SDN North Sydney also offers half days, 9am until 2pm. The fee is $115 for 0-3 years and $105 per day for 3-5 years.

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:

  • Your combined family income
  • The number of hours you work, study or participate in recognised volunteer work. This is called the ‘activity test’. If your child is in the year before school, if you are on a very low income, or if you are on parental leave, you will not have to pass the activity test to receive some CCS.

Your child will need to meet immunisation requirements and you will need to meet residency requirements to be eligible to receive the CCS.

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.

If you’ve read this information and you’re still unsure about what you’ll pay, please call us or book a centre tour. We’re happy to answer your questions.

What to bring
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0-2 Babies

  • Change of clothes x2
  • Hat – sun safe  
  • Shoes and Socks
  • Warm clothes / Jacket (for outside play)
  • Shoes and Socks
  • Comforter – soft toy/blanket/dummy
  • Bottles and milk formula/breast milk
  • Blanket / Cot sheets

2-3 Toddlers

  • Spare underwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Hat – sun safe
  • Shoes and Socks
  • Warm clothes / Jacket (for outside play)
  • Drink Bottle
  • Comforter – for rest time
  • Blankets

3-5 Preschoolers  

  • Spare underwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Hat – sun safe
  • Shoes and Socks
  • Warm clothes / Jacket (for outside play)
  • Drink Bottle
  • Blankets
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We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances.

Interested in how SDN North Sydney can help your child?

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Read our reviews

Reviews from Google (13)

HN
Holly N
Wonderful daycare. Amazing educators, one key educator for our little one to develop strong bond wi...Read More
NS
Nicole Stewart
We've been members of the SDN community for five years now & thrilled with it for our kids. The edu...Read More
TS
Tripthee Suri
MC
Michelle Cai
I can highly recommend SDN North Sydney. Everyone there is just so friendly! They have very high st...Read More
ST
Sara T
A
Andrea
My little one has been in SDN over two years. Principal Carol has initiated a special program to hav...Read More
LD
Larissa Duncombe
My 3.5 yo son has been attending SDN for almost a year now and I've been delighted with the care and...Read More
孙妍
Highly recommended here, with great teachers and environment.
TM
Tim Morcombe
Great well run centre with excellent teachers and friendly families.
OD
Olga Camacho Duarte
I am thrilled with SDN North Sydney. My daughter is in her first year at the centre and she is thriv...Read More
MP
Marc Pardy
Our daughter has been attending here for almost a year. It is staffed by incredibly caring and profe...Read More
JA
Jodi Arrow
I highly recommend SDN North Sydney! My daughter has just started primary school after 4 years at t...Read More
RS
Ross Stewart
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