Discover the four elements that shape our educational program.
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.
We have five large rooms to accommodate children of different ages, as well as an extensive outdoor space which includes an outdoor courtyard for infants and toddlers and a side garden. We also have a new, purpose-built landscaped play space for our preschool children which includes undulating softfall surfaces that incorporate a sandpit quarry, a climbing and balancing structure, a water play course, a water-powered elevator and a raised stage area.
SDN Woolloomooloo has nurturing and caring educators, who take their centre's children on regular excursions, in response to the children’s current interests. They we have previously visited the Art Gallery of NSW, Kings Cross Library, the Royal Botanic Garden. Our educators use the Hanen Learning Language and Loving It program to enhance children’s communication and language skills through specialised ways of interacting and communicating during normal daily routines. You can learn more about our educational program here.
Our families say...
“Our child really loves her carers and always looks forward to day care.”
“I love the communication between educators. If I speak to one, she ensures that the rest of the team are aware of what we spoke about. I’m also always well-informed about my child’s progress.”
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.