Nutrition and Mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances.
SDN Owl’s House has been purposefully designed by children for children.
SDN Owl’s House is leading the new generation of ECEC centre design and approach to early childhood learning. Through communal spaces, allowing multiple ages to explore and use all areas alongside each other, Owl’s House offers many stimulating play spaces. Spread across 2 houses, 4 levels and 3 outdoor areas provides children with a range of experiences, play and teaching. With windows at eye level to see the outside world, a dining space for shared meals and natural open play spaces, Owl's House supports children's development at every stage.
Our qualified team facilitate innovative, child-centred and child-led programs in a safe, healthy, happy and stimulating context, that supports children to develop love for life-long learning.
"I am passionate about promoting harmony through a diverse lens, championing an inclusive culture, and encouraging sustainable practices.”
My qualifications and experience
I have seven years of experience teaching Kindergarten in China before migrating to Australia. Moving to a new country provided me a challenge and an opportunity to review my personal and professional philosophy. It also opened my mind to diverse perspectives.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Education (Birth to Five Years) and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. My research topics include but are not limited to the quality learning environment, reflective practice and professional learning.
In 2013, I was fortunate enough to become a permanent Educator at Owl's House UNSW and witnessed the centre's opening. I love this place very much as it provides me with an excellent working environment to continue my professional journey in Early Childhood Education. It also supported me to settle in this new country, which has now become my second home.
In January 2021, I joined the SDN village and became the Centre Director. This allowed me to continue my professional journey at the centre and to continue supporting children and their families in UNSW and local community.
What I'm most passionate about in my role at SDN
I am very passionate about promoting harmony through a diverse lens, championing an inclusive culture, and encouraging sustainable practices.
I am also passionate about using my knowledge and skills to explore the balance among transformational leadership, adaptive leadership and instructional leadership.
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.
NB: UNSW University staff fees will be $184 per day and $160 per day for children three years and over. UNSW University student fees will $150 per day and $133 per day for children three years and over.
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 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.
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.
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.
Following the establishment of the House at Pooh Corner (THPC) by the Student Guild in 1969, the UNSW Women’s Employment Strategy eventually welcomed the SDN Owl's House centre in 2013.
While the Owl's House location began as a part of the UNSW's Strategic Intent to create an environment supporting the development and wellbeing of children, UNSW announced the termination of its management in three centres, including Owl's House, in 2020. SDN successfully obtained management of the centres in 2021 and has been facilitating these safe and innovative spaces since.
The Owl's House centre continues to develop its services to nurture caring hearts, healthy bodies and curious minds.
Read more about SDN Owl's House here.