SDN Woolloomooloo is a unique 90 place centre located in Sydney city's inner-east. We welcome children from birth to school age, and have beautiful newly refurbished outdoor spaces.

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Meet the Director - Christina Americano
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I completed my Bachelor of Education in early childhood at Macquarie University in 2002 whilst working in long day care services. Because I was part time, my degree took much longer to complete but I felt that studying part time meant I could translate the theory into practise throughout my earlier years of work and study.

I have been with SDN since 2008 and was the Director of two other SDN centres before moving to Woolloomooloo.

At SDN Woolloomooloo I support a large team and up to 90 children per day across 5 classrooms and 3 outdoor play areas.

I have two young children who have been educated in SDN services and I can see firsthand that the philosophy of SDN supports children to build a solid foundation before moving to primary school.

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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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. 

SDN Woolloomooloo is our second oldest children’s education and care centre, yet has one of our most modern outdoor spaces. It has a magical fairy garden and a veggie garden where the children can help grow fresh beans and tomatoes. There’s also a climbing wall with a slide and a winding waterplay feature, all laid on softfall surfaces.

Fees
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From 1 July 2019, our fees will be $162 per day for children under three years old and $148 per day for children three years and over.

SDN Woolloomooloo also offers half day sessions. Half days are $90 for all ages, from 9am-2pm.

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.

You can calculate what your out of pocket child care costs will be on the government’s child care subsidy calculator.

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.

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)
  • Comforter – soft toy/blanket/dummy
  • Bottles and milk formula/breast milk
  • Blanket/sleep bag
  • Drink bottle/sippy cup for water consumption through the day

2-3 Toddlers

  • Nappies / spare underwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Hat – sun safe
  • Shoes and Socks
  • Warm clothes / Jacket (for outside play)
  • Drink Bottle for water consumption through the day
  • Comforter – for rest time
  • Blanket

3-5 Preschoolers  

  • Spare underwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Hat – sun safe
  • Shoes and Socks
  • Warm clothes / Jacket (for outside play)
  • Drink Bottle for water consumption through the day
  • Blanket
Centre history
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The traditional owners of the Woolloomooloo area are the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.

Woolloomooloo is the home of SDN’s very first centre, opened in 1905 in a terrace house in Dowling Street to provide much-needed child care for local workers. SDN Woolloomooloo moved to its present location in 1921. The building, designed by the Government Architect, originally opened as the Welfare Centre for Mothers and Babies. The multipurpose service combined SDN’s Woolloomooloo Day Nursery, a kindergarten, a Baby Health Centre clinic, and a milk depot providing access to sterilised milk from government farms.

After a need was identified for an education program in a long day care setting for children aged over two years, SDN opened NSW’s first nursery school in 1931 and a training centre for nursery school teachers in 1932, both in the Woolloomooloo building.

Since its beginnings as an integrated ‘welfare centre’, SDN Woolloomooloo has undergone many changes, always maintaining and reflecting a strong connection with the families of this vibrant and diverse community.

Read more about SDN Woolloomooloo's history here.

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We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances.

Interested in how SDN Woolloomooloo can help your child?

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