SDN Pyrmont is a 38-place centre providing quality early childhood education and child care for children from birth to school age in central Sydney.

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We are located in a picturesque historic building which housed Pyrmont Public School in the 1800s, and we’re lucky to share the building with Pyrmont Community Centre and an Out of School Hours Care service run by the City of Sydney. This gives our centre the wonderful and unique benefit of seeming like a small village, despite being in the city. Children see friends after ballet class or play with school-aged siblings in the afternoons.

Led by an experienced Centre Director who is a university-trained early childhood teacher, the SDN Pyrmont team includes a qualified cook who prepares all food on site daily, an experienced Centre Administrator, two university-trained early childhood teachers, three diploma-trained educators, and seven experienced certificate III-trained educators.

Our educational program is designed to support each child to explore and research their own interests so they are happy and fully engaged. You can learn more about our educational program here.

Our families say…
“Thank you so much to the team at Pyrmont. I could not ask for a better team of people. They really care for the children.”

“The staff are patient and my child is happy to come to school every day.”

Meet the Directors - Rachel D'Ambra & Claire Fahy
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I'm a passionate Early Childhood professional with over 15 years’ experience in the field. I worked in a variety of teaching and management roles across Sydney, before joining SDN Pyrmont in 2014. I'm a strong advocate for children’s rights and the importance of high quality education and care in the first five years of life. I hold a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) from Macquarie University and understand that the best outcomes for children are realised through strong, collaborative relationships between educators, families and other children. I support my team to develop learning opportunities and environments which cater to each individual child’s interests, strengths, developmental stage and experiences of the world.

The best thing about our centre is the staff team. I have the pleasure of supporting a team of incredibly passionate educators from diverse backgrounds, including several who have worked at the centre for many years. I strongly believe that relationships are at the core of everything we do in early childhood. The SDN Pyrmont team invest so much into building positive, trusting relationships with the children and families who go to our centre. It is the strength and quality of these relationships that make our centre so special. For many children and families, our centre is like a second home, and we are like an extended family.

I like to spend my spare time enjoying local parks and cafes in the Inner West with my husband and young daughter Isla. On the weekends you can often find me on the netball court or cheering on the sidelines on my husband’s soccer games.



I have a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) (Birth-12) from Macquarie University. I started working at SDN in January 2017 when I initially took on a parental leave cover as Centre Director at SDN Surry Hills.

I love that SDN supports all families, particularly those experiencing challenges, and I like that SDN services are inclusive and are there to support all children.

I believe the first five years of life are vital to a child’s development, and that all children deserve to have the best start, which is why I feel so passionately about high-quality early childhood education and care. One of the best things about SDN Pyrmont is the relationships the children are able to build– with each other, with their educators, and with the community.

In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family, especially taking my daughter on adventures outside to explore.  

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.

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From 1 January 2021, our fees will be $159 per day for children under three years old and $149 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 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.

This centre is part of SDN’s low income access program which reduces fees and makes SDN more affordable.

The lower fee reduces the gap between the daily fee and the amount families can claim back through the government’s Child Care Subsidy.

To be eligible, the child’s primary care giver must hold a valid income health care card or pensioner concession card and enrol their child on days that include a Monday or Friday if a space is available on those days. The subsidy covers each child for up three days a week.

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.

Occasional care for your child
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At SDN we want to ensure that all families have access to high quality, inclusive education and care as we provide at SDN Pyrmont. That’s why we offer the opportunity to enrol for occasional care at this centre.

Families in flexible care have the opportunity to take a full or a half-day place and must make at least one booking every 8 weeks. There is a $50 enrolment fee to gain access to flexible care.

Occasional care bookings are taken subject to availability on the day and you can book occasional care for either a full day or a half-day.

Half day fees will be $95 for children under three years old and $89 for children three years and over.

To find out more call us on 1300 831 445.

What to bring
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0-2 Babies

  • Nappies
  • 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

  • Nappies / 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
Centre history
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The traditional owners of the land around Pyrmont are the Cadigal People of the Eora Nation, who named the point ‘Pirrama’ which means ‘rocking stone’. The area was named Pyrmont by John Macarthur in 1806 when it was noted that the natural water springs of the area looked like the German spa town of the same name.

SDN Pyrmont opened on 23 August 1993 in the old Pyrmont Public School (1884 -1933), a building designed in the Victorian Italianate style by the NSW Schools Architect.

Within the first year the children enjoyed a puppet show, a trip to the zoo and Powerhouse Museum, visits from Sydney firefighters and a mobile animal petting zoo, and the newly formed parent committee organised SDN Pyrmont’s first birthday party.

Since its beginnings, SDN Pyrmont has undergone many changes and has maintained and reflected a strong connection with the families of this vibrant and diverse community.

Read more about SDN Pyrmont's history here

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