SDN Woolloomooloo is a unique 89 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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Sophie De Lima (AU)
Our daughter has been attending SDN Woolloomooloo for 7 months. We love the educators who are all wa...Read More
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Anne-Christelle PAYET
A daycare where tour kids feel at home. Everyone is nice and caring. Our daughter was there 4 days a...Read More
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Francesca Dalan
My three year old tornado has thrived at SDN Woolloomoolloo. She’s quite sensitive and sensory and t...Read More
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Katya Weiss
Our daughter has been attending SDN since she was 9 months old and she absolutely loves it. The educ...Read More
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Tim S
Lovely and experienced staff who we trust to look after our child.
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Tim Browne
Our kids had a great experience at SDN Woolloomooloo. Thank you to all the team of dedicated, passio...Read More
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Alice Milosz
We've had many friends and neighbours attend SDN Woolloomooloo and our son has attended for the past...Read More
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Gabriel González
Absolutely fantastic childcare, with dedicated and loving professionals, great installations, conven...Read More
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ashlynn stewart
My kid has been at SDN Woolloomooloo for a couple of years now and has completely flourished under t...Read More
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Tim Martin
The centre is excellent but it is the staff that truly elevates this place. They are so genuine and ...Read More
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Amanda Ghorra
SDN Woolloomooloo presents as highly professional and staff are genuinely interested in our child's ...Read More
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Emily Murphy
I have had a fantastic experience with SDN Woolloomooloo. The team are very knowledgeable, caring, a...Read More
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Jemma Conneely
My family has been a part of the SDN Woolloomooloo family over several generations, so it was withou...Read More
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Stacey Ly
My daughter loved this place. She was well supported, the teachers extremely experienced and warm an...Read More
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Charlotte Beveridge
Our daughter attended SDN Woolloomooloo from around 9 months old until this month, when we moved int...Read More
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Francesca Galibert
I can't recommend more this center. I have sent both my daughters 5 days a week since they were bot...Read More
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Penelope Mallinckrodt
We love SDN and are so grateful for all the wonderful educators who are taking such great care of ou...Read More
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Vegetalement Provence Australia
Beautiful center, the team is very caring and the director exceptional. Couldn't recommend it more!
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Marty Navis-Kwa
I cannot stress enough what a lovely and life changing year my son Finnian had at SDN Wooloomooloo. ...Read More
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Christian Keller
The SDN Woolloomooloo center has been incredible for our 3 year old daughter. She joined after we mo...Read More
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Giovanna Rojas
SDN welcomed us at a time when - due Covid -our former childcare centre wouldn't offer us a spot bac...Read More
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Ellen Poels
Our daughter has attended SDN Woolloomooloo since she was 6 months old, going on to big school this ...Read More
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Jen VP
I am beyond thrilled to have my son at SDN Woolloomoolloo. He is 11 months and what we value as a fa...Read More
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Nadia Davis
I can’t honestly say enough about how amazing SDN Woolloomooloo is. My son has been attending here ...Read More
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Jennifer Kennedy
My daughter commenced SDN Woolloomooloo 1 month ago, Christina Americano - Centre Director is absolu...Read More
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Thomas Dexmier
SDN Woolloomooloo has been our kids' second home for the last 5 years, as they both started their da...Read More
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Ryan Palazzi
My son has developed immensely in his cognitive and social skills and when picking him up each day h...Read More
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Sormar Huy
We had an incredible experience with SDN Woolloomooloo. Our child enjoyed the time there, loves the ...Read More
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Luiz Ramalho
The SDN Woolloomooloo centre has been the best experience to my 4 years old son in childcare. The st...Read More
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Jade Ramsey-Elliot
I would highly recommend SDN Woolloomooloo. My son joined 3 months ago in the infants room and I cou...Read More
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Amy Brophy
My daughter has recently started childcare and joined the Infants room in SDN Woolloomooloo. The sta...Read More
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Laurence Maire
Great daycare with lovely and experienced staff, great facilities and excellent cook!
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Natalie N
Our daughter started here at 8 months old and settled in very quickly thanks to the wonderful educat...Read More
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Violaine Pérault
Amazing daycare, we are VERY happy. My son is in the infant room at SDN Woolloomooloo since the new ...Read More
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Mr. M
Our two kids attended daycare at SDN for about a year. Friendly, helpful and motivated staff. Good p...Read More
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Cnr McElhone Street and Reid Avenue Woolloomooloo NSW 2011

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Meet the Director - Christina Americano
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"I love seeing the progress and learning from children in our care and watching them continue their journey to becoming stronger and more resilient than when they first joined us". 
 

My qualifications and experience 

I studied a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education (0-8 years old) at Macquarie University, graduating in 2002. 

I worked casually in childcare while I studied at university, across private and community-based services. I gained a lot of experience in this time and felt it was a good balance whilst studying as a mature age student. I also worked as a nanny while studying. 

After leaving university, I immediately jumped into Centre Director roles. My first role was leading a centre in the Inner West from 2003-2008 before joining SDN in 2008. During my time so far at SDN, I've worked across smaller and larger centres, including SDN Mosman (2008-2011), SDN Paddington (2011-2018) and now SDN Woolloomooloo, where I've been since 2018. 
 

What I'm most passionate about in my role 

I am passionate about a lot of things within my role. The main ones being: 

  • Making sure children and families always feel welcome and comfortable at the centre. 
  • Inclusion of all children, which has become a big part of my role with families. 
  • Supporting families in achieving work/family balance–it’s a hard one to achieve these days.
  • Helping families to understand and experience high quality care and education. They shouldn’t settle for less.
  • Going that one step further for families and children–we are all there to support each other as much as we can. 

 
What I love about working with SDN 

So many things! I love the variety of my role and laughing with the children and staff. 

I make sure I spend time with children and families both every day, getting to spend time with them each morning.  I feel it is important that they know me as well as they do the educators.  

I really love seeing the progress and learning for children in our care and watching them continue their journey in becoming stronger and more resilient than when they first joined us. Children never cease to amaze me – they always see things in unique ways. 
 

A little bit more about me 

I have two children who attended SDN, and are now in primary school and high school. During this time, I loved watching them play and learn alongside me every day – there were many shared memories discussed at our dinner table. This time gave me insight into their early years that many parents would never experience.  

In my spare time I love to bike ride, go to the gym, go walking and listen to music. I can also speak Italian, due to my Italian heritage. 

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.

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.

Fees
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From 4 July 2022, our fees will be $176 per day for children under three years old and $161 per day for children three years and over.

SDN Woolloomooloo also offers half day sessions. Half days are $100 for 0-3 years and $92 for 3-5 years, from 9am to 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.

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.

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

  • 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

  • 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
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