As unique as the community we work in, and located a convenient five minute walk from Erskineville Station, SDN Erskineville welcomes children from birth to school age.

Our team cultivates a sense of belonging and provides a safe and nurturing environment to help your child learn and grow. We know that each child brings with them their own strengths, capabilities, culture, interests, knowledge, ideas and experiences. Supporting learning through play is important to us–play enables children to learn from each other, and to explore each other’s world and the world around them. 

Our educators work in partnership with families to identify each child’s strengths and interests, choose teaching strategies, design learning environments, and to connect our service-based learning opportunities with home-based learning. You can learn more about our educational program here.

The NSW Department of Education has assessed SDN Erskineville against the National Quality Standard, and our centre is rated as ‘Exceeding the National Quality Standard’.

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From 1 July 2019, our fees will be $158 per day for children under three years old and $140 per day for children three years and over. 

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.

Meet the centre director – Ruth Wilson
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SDN Erskineville Centre Director Ruth Wilson

Education is a partnership, and the thing I love most about our centre is the valuable partnership our team has built with our Erskineville families.

I started my career in early childhood education in 2003. I first worked at SDN Erskineville in 2010 as a diploma trained educator while studying for my Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education from Macquarie University. Before returning to be the Director at SDN Erskineville in 2016, I have  enjoyed teaching and directing at SDN Mosman and Riverwood, where I was mentored in leadership and best practices.

I strongly believe in the Australian connection to the outdoors and the positive impacts that nature and natural elements have on the whole child, including health and wellbeing. Erskineville is not exactly in the middle of the bush, but we make the most of Erskineville’s gorgeous green spaces and get  outside as often as we can.

One of my favourite experiences was when the children at Erskineville decided they wanted to build a rocket. The “rocket project” as it became known took months, and I was able to build a lot of learning experiences around the children’s enthusiasm for the project. It was a joy to see their faces when  the project was finished – they had come such a long way.

Outside of early education and care I’m a well-seasoned traveller, and a devoted foodie. On the weekend I can be found exploring Sydney’s food truck scene and finding local food gems or baking for friends.

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SDN’s outdoor spaces inspire exploration and discovery, risk taking and creativity. They are flexible, and able to be used differently as children’s interests and abilities change and grow.

Families in our urban based centres often call our outdoor areas their “green oasis”.

Outdoor spaces provide opportunities for children to be loud, messy and boisterous. They provide safe spaces for children to take risks, run and jump and yell, get dirty, make mud cakes and expend energy.

Outdoor spaces offer more than just physical benefits, they’re also important for growing children’s thinking, social and emotional skills. Children who play outside are more likely to invent games and learn about the world in their own way. Although the children are only playing to have fun, they're learning communication, vocabulary and social customs, like turn taking.

These are just some of the reasons why SDN is investing in developing new, award winning outdoor spaces with natural designs that inspire curiosity, physical and social play. Our new outdoor spaces are designed to be used again and again without becoming boring. Each outdoor space is different as it is built to meet the needs of each centre’s unique children, families and community.

For urban teachers, nature isn’t a forest but spiders in the playground, puddles in the parking lot and ants in the crack of a sidewalk – Ann Pelo

Our educational program
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All learning opportunities, including our school readiness program, are tailored to your child. We begin with the basics and cover everything a growing child needs to learn, including literacy and numeracy in preparation for big school and beyond. And all of it reflects your child’s unique interests and strengths

Our principles

  • We know that what we do has an impact on who children become. We recognise that we have a great privilege and responsibility
  • We support children to grow and develop in safe, unhurried, nurturing and challenging environments
  • We ensure that children are supported to be active and willing participants in their days and trusted as capable and confident learners.
  • We believe that every child has the right to responsive, respectful, reciprocal relationships with consistent adults.
Centre history
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SDN Erskineville first opened its doors on 25 August 1937 – run out of a house at 88 Swanson Street with an enrolment of 23 children. At the official opening, Lady Mayoress Mrs G.A. Parkes announced that Erskineville Nursery School would be a place “of love” where children would be taken care of and developed into good citizens.

Quality, affordable childcare had been in high demand in inner Sydney since SDN’s foundation in 1905. With the introduction of nursery schooling in the 1930s, SDN’s focus turned to providing early education for the children of workers living in Erskineville’s crowded terrace houses.

In 1945, the school was completely redesigned by Ellice Nosworthy, one of Australia’s first female architecture graduates, re-opening in 1947 as a ‘new modern nursery’. Many years later in 1999 a cot room for babies was added.

The traditional owners of the land are the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.
Over the years the area has seen many changes, and since its beginnings SDN Erskineville has welcomed children from many different cultures and backgrounds. SDN Erskineville maintains and reflects strong connections with this vibrant, diverse and ever-changing community.

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