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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Amanda Holmes
We cannot recommend SDN Woolloomooloo enough. Our daughter has attended for the past 4 years and jus...Read More
Heidi Melville
Thank you so much to the whole SDN team for everything they do for our daughter. The educational st...Read More
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Roxy Gray
An absolutely wonderful centre with excellent quality of care and communication. Our daughter loves ...Read More
Oliver Blades-Moore
Fantastic daycare centre. Great facilities and amazing staff. Cannot recommend highly enough
Sabrina Shrestha
I loved this place and so did my child. Staffs in this centre are nice and caring. Christina (Direc...Read More
Chrissy CB
We have been part of the SDN family for the past 5 years and the nurturing environment and care that...Read More
George Vangelatos
SDN Woolloomooloo has been almost part of our family since we enrolled our baby at 10months old. She...Read More
Brendan Wollin
Our daughter has been in the loving care of the team at SDN Woolloomooloo for almost 3 years. The le...Read More
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
Francesca Dalan
My three year old tornado has thrived at SDN Woolloomoolloo. She’s quite sensitive and sensory and t...Read More
Tim S
Lovely and experienced staff who we trust to look after our child.
Tim Browne
Our kids had a great experience at SDN Woolloomooloo. Thank you to all the team of dedicated, passio...Read More
Alice Milosz
We've had many friends and neighbours attend SDN Woolloomooloo and our son has attended for the past...Read More
Gabriel González
Absolutely fantastic childcare, with dedicated and loving professionals, great installations, conven...Read More
ashlynn stewart
My kid has been at SDN Woolloomooloo for a couple of years now and has completely flourished under t...Read More
Tim Martin
The centre is excellent but it is the staff that truly elevates this place. They are so genuine and ...Read More
Amanda Ghorra
SDN Woolloomooloo presents as highly professional and staff are genuinely interested in our child's ...Read More
Emily Murphy
I have had a fantastic experience with SDN Woolloomooloo. The team are very knowledgeable, caring, a...Read More
Jemma Conneely
My family has been a part of the SDN Woolloomooloo family over several generations, so it was withou...Read More
Stacey Ly
My daughter loved this place. She was well supported, the teachers extremely experienced and warm an...Read More
Charlotte Beveridge
Our daughter attended SDN Woolloomooloo from around 9 months old until this month, when we moved int...Read More
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
Penelope Mallinckrodt
We love SDN and are so grateful for all the wonderful educators who are taking such great care of ou...Read More
Vegetalement Provence Australia
Beautiful center, the team is very caring and the director exceptional. Couldn't recommend it more!
Marty Navis-Kwa
I cannot stress enough what a lovely and life changing year my son Finnian had at SDN Wooloomooloo. ...Read More
Christian Keller
The SDN Woolloomooloo center has been incredible for our 3 year old daughter. She joined after we mo...Read More
Giovanna Rojas
SDN welcomed us at a time when - due Covid -our former childcare centre wouldn't offer us a spot bac...Read More
Ellen Poels
Our daughter has attended SDN Woolloomooloo since she was 6 months old, going on to big school this ...Read More
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
Nadia Davis
I can’t honestly say enough about how amazing SDN Woolloomooloo is. My son has been attending here ...Read More
Jennifer Kennedy
My daughter commenced SDN Woolloomooloo 1 month ago, Christina Americano - Centre Director is absolu...Read More
Thomas Dexmier
SDN Woolloomooloo has been our kids' second home for the last 5 years, as they both started their da...Read More
Sormar Huy
We had an incredible experience with SDN Woolloomooloo. Our child enjoyed the time there, loves the ...Read More
Luiz Ramalho
The SDN Woolloomooloo centre has been the best experience to my 4 years old son in childcare. The st...Read More
Jade Ramsey-Elliot
I would highly recommend SDN Woolloomooloo. My son joined 3 months ago in the infants room and I cou...Read More
Amy Brophy
My daughter has recently started childcare and joined the Infants room in SDN Woolloomooloo. The sta...Read More
Laurence Maire
Great daycare with lovely and experienced staff, great facilities and excellent cook!
Natalie N
Our daughter started here at 8 months old and settled in very quickly thanks to the wonderful educat...Read More
Violaine Pérault
Amazing daycare, we are VERY happy. My son is in the infant room at SDN Woolloomooloo since the new ...Read More
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

Operating hours
7.30am - 6.00pm

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Important information
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 within our curriculum pillars, 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 practice with children here.

Preschool educational program
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Get more than school-ready, get life-ready 

Getting school-ready is a journey. It begins with your child’s very first day at our welcoming early education and care centres and continues with our dedicated preschool program.

Developed by university-trained early childhood teachers, our preschool program focuses on the whole child. Children learn to make friends and work together, while gaining the skills and independence they need to thrive through the big transition to school.

Our preschool program follows an evidence-backed, play-based learning approach. Children have fun and follow their curiosity, while we weave in vital skills and learning outcomes.

SDN uses Australia’s Early Years Learning Framework to explore a diverse curriculum from science to social justice. Our days are predictable but flexible, blending structured and spontaneous learning, free play, movement and quiet time.

Our curriculum pillars are:

 Relationship and social skills

 Critical thinking and problem solving

 Early literacy and numeracy

 Health, wellbeing and movement

 Science, technology, construction and design

 Nature play and sustainability

 Creative arts

 Equity and social justice

Our centres have a transition to school program where our teachers and educators work together with local schools to prepare your child for a smooth transition, and support families through the process.

Read more about our preschool 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.

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From 7 August 2023, our fees will be $199 per day for children under three years old and $180 per day for children three years and over.

SDN Woolloomooloo also offers half day sessions. Half days are $120 for 0-3 years and $108 for 3-5 years, from 9am to 2pm OR 10am to 3pm.

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 also calculate what your out-of-pocket child care costs will be on the government’s Starting Blocks Child Care Subsidy Calculator.


NSW Start Strong funding - Additional Preschool Fee Relief

On top of any CCS you may receive, the NSW Government is providing additional fee relief:

  • If your child turns 4 years old or before 31 July 2024, is enrolled in a preschool program at an eligible long day care service and doesn’t receive preschool relief (also called start strong funding) from another preschool, you will receive up to $2,110 in fee relief.
  • If your child is 3 years old and not yet 4 years old on, or before 31 July in 2024, is enrolled at an eligible long day care service and doesn’t receive preschool relief (also called start strong funding) from another preschool, you will receive up to $500 in fee relief.

Find more information about the Start Strong program here. If you’ve read this information and you’re still unsure about what you’ll pay, please call us on 1300 831 445 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)
  • Shoes and Socks
  • Comforter – soft toy/blanket/dummy
  • Bottles and milk formula/breast milk
  • Blanket / Cot sheets

2-3 Toddlers

  • Spare underwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Hat – sun safe
  • Shoes and Socks
  • Warm clothes / Jacket (for outside play)
  • Drink Bottle
  • Comforter – for rest time
  • Blankets

3-5 Preschoolers  

  • Spare underwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Hat – sun safe
  • Shoes and Socks
  • Warm clothes / Jacket (for outside play)
  • Drink Bottle
  • Blankets
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