Nutrition and Mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances.
Situated in the heart of Redfern, SDN Redfern offers early childhood education and child care for 60 children, from birth to school age.
Our indoor and large outdoor play spaces have been designed to facilitate learning through play. We have individual rooms for the infants, toddlers and preschool age groups, although our flexible program also provides time for siblings and children of various ages to play together. Our environment supports children to build relationships with peers and educators, understand and appreciate the natural world, and to develop many skills including creative, music and early literacy and numeracy skills. You can learn more about our educational program here.
SDN Redfern is in the heart of our community, and is surrounded by a growing and vibrant parent community. We have relationships with local community leaders, service groups and organisations that represent the vibrancy and diversity of Redfern. The local community provides a vibrant learning environment for our children and we regularly go on excursions.
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 Redfern area are the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.
SDN Redfern opened on 20 June 1938, following a request by a Child Welfare Department officer for SDN to provide services in the Alexandria-Redfern-Erskineville area, where many women worked in factories. The ‘Model Nursery Centre’ for children two years old to school-aged was gifted by Sydney woolbroker and philanthropist Mr J.P. Johnson and his wife. After the centre opened it was noted that the health of the children attending improved considerably.
Facilities for babies were added in 1941 and a brand new building opened in August 1980. SDN’s head office was located above the centre from 1982 until 2006. The Central and Eastern Sydney office of SDN Brighter Futures now operates from above the centre.
Since its beginnings, SDN Redfern has undergone many changes and has always maintained and reflected a strong connection with the families of this vibrant and diverse community.
Read more about SDN Redfern's history here.