Nutrition and Mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances.
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.
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.
I began my career as an early childhood teacher after graduating from university with a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education). When I had the opportunity to work for SDN I grabbed it with both hands. I have been the director at SDN Northern Suburbs in since August 2005.
I believe that building and maintaining strong relationships is crucial to our work with children and families. What I love the most about working in early education and care is that these relationships can be built and maintained over a long period of time as families usually stay in within our community until their child goes to school.
At SDN Northern Suburbs we have staff from many different backgrounds and a good balance of long-standing and new staff who work respectfully together to make our centre a home for children and families. Together we have built a sense of welcome and calm that is apparent as soon as you walk through the front doors of our centre.
I’ve had a lot of fantastic experiences at SDN Northern Suburbs, but my most memorable occurred a few years ago on an excursion with a group of preschool children to see Angelina Ballerina at the State Theatre. The excursion took place because children were very interested in ballet at the time. I remember their excitement leading up to the excursion, and the joy and appreciation of the performance during and after the excursion.
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.
SDN North Sydney also offers half days, 9am until 2pm. The fee is $90 for both age groups.
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 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.