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