Nutrition and Mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances.
SDN Ultimo is a 55 place centre located within Sydney TAFE’s Ultimo College premises, providing early childhood education and child care for the children of TAFE students and the local community. We welcome children from birth to school age.
Your child will love their day at SDN Ultimo, with access to open, bright, nature-inspired, and secure spaces, with plenty of opportunities for inquisitive and energetic bodies to play, relax and explore. SDN Ultimo's vibrant outdoor space provide an ideal backdrop for its culturally diverse children and staff to connect with each other. We have strong links with the local community, so our children enjoy regular excursions to local spots.
Our qualified and experienced educators use intentional teaching and play-based learning to enhance every child’s desire to know and learn. We welcome the diversity of our families and the local community and we encourage participation in all aspects of our curriculum. You can learn more about our educational program here.
Our families say…
“The staff and the centre are wonderful … I am very happy with the centre and how my child experiences it.”
“Staff are what makes the centre truly special. They all deserve medals.”
I have a Master of Education (Early Childhood) and I have been working in child care since 2005. I have worked across three centres during that time, and while I have worked across all age groups, most of my experience has been in the three to five year old space.
I came to work for SDN five years ago, in 2013. I love that SDN continues to work towards providing high quality services for all children and families, especially those who find themselves disadvantaged.
I’m passionate about understanding children and understanding how we as adults can support, guide and encourage children to be all that they can be.
In my spare time I like to read novels, listen to and sing along (terribly!!) with 80s and 90s music, watch movies from the same decades, and go bush walking.
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.
* Average fees calculated from families enrolled in this centre in September 2018
The traditional owners of the Ultimo area are the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.
SDN Ultimo has been operating within the Ultimo TAFE grounds since 2002 after a successful tender in 2001 to manage two TAFE child care centres at the Ultimo and Petersham campuses.
In 2010 SDN Ultimo was proud to be one of 20 centres across Australia to participate in the first trial to test the workability of the new National Quality Standards.
Since its beginnings, SDN Ultimo has undergone many changes and has always reflected a strong connection with the families in this vibrant and diverse educational community.
Read more about SDN Ultimo's history here.