welcome toCedars Montessori Pre-school
Every question and comment is important to us, no matter how simple or complex, so if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for then please don’t hesitate in contacting us.
Is there a Waiting List
Cedars is a much-loved centre and so we are usually full with a robust Waiting List of families who are waiting to join us. We know it can be disappointing to discover that you may not be able to join us immediately, but we are told that we are worth the wait!
We have a $75 non-refundable Waiting List Fee. Unfortunately we are never able to guarantee families an eventual position but we run our Waiting List ethically and conscientiously.
What are the Tuition Fees?
TODDLER PLAYGROUP: $25 per session. Payable for full term in advance.
TODDLER TRANSITION: $30 per session. Payable for full term in advance.
8am – 4pm: $95 per day
Payable weekly via ‘Debitsuccess’.
Preschool fees are eligible for the Child Care Subsidy (CCS).
To learn more download our Fee Information
What is Cedars' Quality Rating?
We are proud to announce that Cedars Montessori Preschool has been awarded the ‘Exceeding’ Rating by ACECQA.
All five of our SA Montessori centres have reached the level of Exceeding the National Quality Standard with two of them, Chancery Lane and Jescott, achieving the additional ‘Excellent’ Rating..
Can I visit Cedars?
We feel that visiting in person is the best way for you to get to know us. Simply complete the contact form at the bottom of this page – or email email@example.com – to make an appointment for a tour.
Where is Cedars located?
Cedars Montessori Pre-school is located on the grounds of Saint Spyridon College at 52 Oxford Tce, Unley. It is in close proximity to major bus routes and has easy access to the surrounding shopping and business district. The Unley City Library is across the road, the Sturt Football Oval is in walking distance and available for use by the school, and the Unley Shopping Centre is easily accessible. There is plenty of short-term street parking along Oxford Terrace for parents when dropping off or collecting children.
What Qualifications do the teachers have?
We are proud to employ highly qualified and skilled educators. The high standard of teaching and care offered at Cedars Montessori is a reflection of the talent, dedication and skill of our teachers.
Does Cedars provide food?
The centre does not provide meals but food is incorporated as a learning experience in the children’s kitchen. Children prepare and taste fruit, vegetables or other nutritious snacks. When it comes to meals it is our experience that children benefit when food is brought from home. This allows the child to feel connected to home during the day and ensures that meals will cater to individual tastes and cultural preference of the family.
Does my child need to be immunised?
Yes, to fulfil our obligations to provide a safe and healthy environment for employees, children, families and visitors we do require evidence of adherence to the nationally recommended vaccination schedule as a prerequisite for enrolment and as a condition of continuing attendance.
Please download our Immunisation Policy for more information.
Is there a uniform?
All children attending Cedars Montessori Pre-school are required to wear a uniform. This is for easy identification when the children participate in excursions or visit the Saint Spyridon College library or extended grounds. The unisex uniform consists of track pants and rugby top with a skivvy to be worn during the cooler months. Shorts and a polo shirt have been designed for the warmer weather. A hat is available for wearing year round. The uniform has been designed for comfort, durability and easy maintenance and is available through the Hambours Uniform Shop. Parents are advised how to order uniforms once an Offer of Placement has been confirmed.
Can my child nap at Cedars?
We endeavor to meet the individual needs of each child so we do not have any blanket rules about naps and we do not enforce group ‘sleep times’. Children will be allowed to rest or sleep as desired, however, it is anticipated that children of pre-school age will not require a regular sleep during the session. In our experience very few of the children require a nap during our relatively short hours of operation, particularly because the majority of our children attend only during the ‘school day’ from 9am – 3pm. We do plan the routines of our day to incorporate periods of restful relaxation to ensure that each child’s well-being is supported.
What is the Orientation Process?
If you secure a placement at Cedars you will receive a detailed New Enrolment Pack, including a Parent Handbook, which contains comprehensive information to help you prepare for your Montessori journey. We advise you to read these materials thoroughly. You will also have the chance to speak with our educators to ask any questions you have and to arrange an Orientation visit. This will ensure that you and your child both feel empowered and prepared to take this very special step!
Is it normal for me to feel nervous?
Entrusting your child into somebody else’s care is a big step. It can feel particularly momentous if this is the first time that your child will be separating from you. We don’t underestimate the emotion involved – for your child and for you as a parent – and we are here to support you both.
We understand each journey is unique so we will work with you to create the perfect plan to make this transition as secure, comfortable and happy as possible. If you are not ready for your child to attend full days immediately you are welcome to arrange an early collection time so that your child can gradually transition into the routines of our Preschool day.
Cedars Montessori Pre-school has a proud and long history of providing high quality education and care. It is our deep sense of respect for every child that inspires us to prepare nurturing educational programs that enhance each child’s unfolding pattern of learning. Cedars Montessori Pre-school began in 1993 and was originally located in Parkside. In 2001 Cedars moved to Walford Anglican School for Girls as the registered providers of the early learning centre, and in 2012 Cedars relocated once again to the current location at St Spyridon College in Unley.
Cedars Montessori Pre-school welcomes boys and girls aged three to six years old. A separate Toddler and Transition program is provided for children under three years of age who must attend with a parent or other adult. Our Pre-school is a very special place where every child feels valued.
Cedars Montessori Pre-school operates in a space offering character and quality finishes. Everything inside the learning area is aesthetically appealing and carefully planned to offer a safe and comfortable environment for children. Wherever possible the centre offers children’s furniture and beautifully crafted materials made from natural materials. Double doors open out to a verandah to enable children to work inside or out, tend the garden beds and extend their classroom learning experiences. The immediate outdoor area has been developed to provide an interesting play area. Each day the children of Cedars have access to the extensive playground at the back of the school. This area has wonderful climbing equipment and provides a challenging and safe play space. The Cedars children also have access to the St Spyridon multi-purpose hall and under-cover verandah area during times of inclement weather or for special occasions such as concerts and parent events.
Children aged between one and three years begin their journey toward independence from their parent. This is the time when children start to discover the world outside their immediate family. It is an ideal time for parents to learn about the developmental stages and relative behaviours that their child may exhibit during the quest for independence. Our Toddler and Transition classes focus not only on the child, but also on the parent (or carer). We provide a program that enables parents to understand the Montessori philosophy and how this allows children to fully develop their potential. Our skilled Coordinator provides parents with ideas on how to apply developmentally appropriate learning opportunities in their homes. The youngest children begin their young journey in the Toddler class and graduate to the Transition class once they approach a stage of early independence. Once a child begins to work separately from a parent we ask the parent to step away and let the child begin the process of interacting independently with the teacher. At this stage the child will have naturally progressed through “separation” from the parent and it is time to join the Pre-school class.
The Montessori Pre-school curriculum is a three-year program that prepares a child with all the necessary skills to confidently enter Primary School at age five or six. It is a requirement that pre-school children must attend a minimum of two full days a week*. We recommend consecutive days for optimum continuity.
During the three-year Pre-school Program children experience enhanced learning through the vast array of specialised Montessori materials which are presented at various levels of difficulty to build upon each child’s existing level of knowledge and achievement. Cedars Pre-school provides excellent academic and social preparation that will assist children throughout their life. Children become self-motivated and confident students. Attendance at a government Kindergarten or other Early Learning Centre (ELC) is not required as children receive a holistic and comprehensive foundation from Cedars. In our experience children flourish more effectively when provided with the consistency of attending Cedars without the distraction of an alternative environment.
Priority of placement will be given to children who intend to complete their full three-year learning program at Cedars before graduating to Primary School.
Learn more about how our Montessori Preschool Program harmonises with the Early Years Learning Framework.
52 Oxford Tce, Unley
Director & Co-Owner
Barb began her Montessori journey as a parent when her boys enrolled in Jescott Montessori in the late 1980s. She then made the transition to teaching in the Jescott classroom before helping to establish The Cedars Montessori. Barb is an integral part of the SA Montessori family and her mentorship at Cedars assists the entire teaching team to realise their potential as Montessori professionals.
“The secret of good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.”Dr Maria Montessori
What Parents are Saying
The first thing that struck us when we visited Cedars was the calm. This was remarkable considering there were at least 15 young children there. Now, after two and half years and having two children experience Cedars, we’ve learnt that that calm comes from respecting the children, giving them space and most importantly the choice to decide for themselves.
This really helped my daughter. She used to be reserved and had separation anxiety. The empathy and attention she received meant her confidence grew each day.
Now she has graduated and is attending Primary school.
Her teacher is very impressed with her attitude and aptitude.
Currently my younger son is at Cedars and enjoying his time there. He is a different personality from his sister but I know that Cedars will nurture him to become an intelligent, caring and capable young learner.
As a parent, I have found Cedars Montessori to be a supportive, educational, caring and safe environment for children to learn and thrive in. It is very evident the staff of Cedars care for the children and have a strong passion for what they do.TERI KOUFALAS
It is with absolute pleasure that we are given the opportunity to express our thoughts on Cedars Montessori Pre-School. Our daughter has attended the pre-school since 2008, she arrived as an inquisitive little girl and is now dedicated to the principal of ‘the love of learning’. She is in her final year before heading off to school and I have absolute confidence that she will be prepared to tackle the challenge head-on after her preparation from Cedars.
We now have a son attending the pre-school and although a completely different character, we know that the same values will be firmly implanted in him. I am so excited for him, knowing the experiences that await him.
With a third child on the way, we know our family will forever remember and be truly grateful for the memories inspired and created at Cedars……and we look forward to the programme being extended to Year 12!SIMONE ANDERSON
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