Nutrition and mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances
Situated in the heart of Redfern, SDN Redfern offers early childhood education and child care for 60 children, from birth to school age.
Our indoor and large outdoor play spaces have been designed to facilitate learning through play. We have individual rooms for the infants, toddlers and preschool age groups, although our flexible program also provides time for siblings and children of various ages to play together. Our environment supports children to build relationships with peers and educators, understand and appreciate the natural world, and to develop many skills including creative, music and early literacy and numeracy skills. You can learn more about our educational program here.
SDN Redfern is in the heart of our community. We have relationships with local community leaders, service groups and organisations that represent the vibrancy and diversity of Redfern. The local community provides a vibrant learning environment for our children and we regularly go on excursions.
The NSW Department of Education has assessed SDN Redfern against the National Quality Standard, and our centre is rated as ‘Exceeding the National Quality Standard’.
The traditional owners of the Redfern area are the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.
SDN Redfern opened on 20 June 1938, following a request by a Child Welfare Department officer for SDN to provide services in the Alexandria-Redfern-Erskineville area, where many women worked in factories. The ‘Model Nursery Centre’ for children two years old to school-aged was gifted by Sydney woolbroker and philanthropist Mr J.P. Johnson and his wife. After the centre opened it was noted that the health of the children attending improved considerably.
Facilities for babies were added in 1941 and a brand new building opened in August 1980. SDN’s head office was located above the centre from 1982 until 2006. The Central and Eastern Sydney office of SDN Brighter Futures now operates from above the centre.
Since its beginnings, SDN Redfern has undergone many changes and has always maintained and reflected a strong connection with the families of this vibrant and diverse community.