Coming in 2022...
We are delighted to announce our latest SA Montessori project. In partnership with ECH (South Australia’s leading experts in independent aged care) we are developing an intergenerational setting where an early learning environment will be integrated into the grounds of a retirement living complex. Our children and elders will not only share the land but will also share their lives by interconnecting through daily interactions and regular routines. ‘Echoes Montessori’ will reside on Smart Road in Modbury and is scheduled to open in January 2022.
To learn more about this exciting project please click the link below.
52 Oxford Terrace Unley SA 5061
Cedars Montessori is more than just a place – it is a concept, a symbol, an intangible feeling.
Over two decades there have been three different buildings that have borne the ‘Cedars’ banner but each of them was filled with the same commitment to high-quality Montessori practices and was powered by the passion and dedication of a core team of educators. Cedars Montessori is now proud to reside on the grounds of St Spyridon’s College but the true character of Cedars transcends any one building or location.
Cedars is, and always has been, a place of discovery, joy, and just a little bit of magic.
21 Chancery Lane Adelaide 5000
Chancery Lane Montessori provides an urban sanctuary.
It sits within a CBD location but with the very essence of nature woven throughout the learning environment, both indoors and out. This unique combination provides ‘the best of both worlds’ as working parents benefit from the convenience of inner-city accessibility while children embrace the beauty, wonder and positive influences of nature.
Chancery Lane Montessori also takes advantage of its central location by building deep connections with the local community, from taking trips to the Central Market to spending time identifying indigenous flora and fauna in the parklands.
6 Lorne Ave Magill, 5072
The eldest in our family of Montessori centres, Jescott was ‘born’ back in 1989. A mother’s love was the catalyst for our Montessori journey. Barbara Langford, Jescott’s owner, had a vision for an authentic and nurturing Montessori environment for her own daughter, Jessica. When she couldn’t find one in easy reach she made it her mission to develop her own. After three decades – and with that daughter now the Director – family values are still at the core of the work that we do. We continue to provide a nurturing, authentic Montessori experience that provides a home away from home for our families. With such a small group size – only 23 children each day – Jescott feels less like a busy “child care centre” and more like a joyful family gathering!
193 Portrush Rd, Maylands SA 5069
Lilliput Village Montessori is the beautiful outcome of a unique journey – the butterfly that emerged from a metamorphosis! The close-knit teaching team and high-quality Montessori program of Lilliput Village originated at Babthorpe Montessori Preschool. Babthorpe operated for many years on the grounds of a primary school but the time came for our community to grow. Taking a step forward (and moving a little way down the road!) allowed us to embrace the autonomy of an independent setting, design our dream landscape for our stunning garden, and facilitated the growth required to invite toddlers into our learning environment through our ‘Montessori From the Start’ Bambini program for 2 year olds.
Lilliput Village has a family friendly focus where parents feel valued and supported as they entrust their children into our care.
We aim to always keep parents informed about our programmes and to offer ideas, encouragement, support and information to assist parents in their immeasurably important role of shaping the lives of their children.
Little Oxford Montessori
18 Trimmer Terrace Unley SA 5061
Little Oxford Montessori opened in February 2019 and is the newest addition to the SA Montessori community.
Located in the leafy streets of Unley, our Montessori community is ‘little’ in name and in nature. We believe that small class sizes are an integral component of quality care, allowing for meaningful relationships and personalised learning programs. Our ‘boutique’ class sizes ensure that our community of families will always feel welcomed, known and supported.
Our children progress through a special journey as they grow within our caring community that provides exceptional care ‘From The Start’. Our youngest bubs first nestle in ‘Nido’. As they take their first steps they advance into our Piccolo area. As their bodies build they bound towards the Bambini space. Finally, they put the pieces of the puzzle together in our Pre-school program for 3 to 6-year-olds. Each child knows every teacher, visits each space, and connects with all peers. We are one family, and we take a holistic view of each child’s overall ‘Little Oxford’ journey.
Rosemont House Montessori
59 Kensington Rd Norwood
If Jescott is a ‘home away from home’ then Rosemont House is the ‘village’ that it takes to raise a child; a community that caters for children “From the Start” in our Infant/Toddler environment and guides them all the way through to their graduation from Preschool to primary school that even comes complete with our very own adventure playground! The nature playscape delights children and adults alike!
Rosemont House takes its title from the majestic Victorian mansion that we call home. The grandeur of the building is balanced by the cosiness of our classrooms, which feel home-like and inviting for our children and parents alike. The beauty of our environment is enhanced by the antique accent pieces that are dotted throughout to give the children a sense of belonging to a historical timeline.
The ‘Montessori From the Start’ model of care for babies and toddlers has been the inspiration for the Bambini program at Lilliput Village Montessori and the Nido, Piccolo and Bambini environments at Little Oxford Montessori.
Meet Our Team
SA Montessori Pre-schools provide high quality education and care. To achieve this, we employ qualified staff who can offer the expertise, experience and the educational pedagogy to nurture the important developmental stages of a child’s early years. Our centre Directors lead teams of passionate and committed educators. We understand how important it is for children to have primary care-givers who provide excellent role modelling through quality use of spoken language, gentle and consistent guidance, and most importantly, genuine warmth and respect. SA Montessori centres provide this nurturing environment and our children feel valued, respected and safe. We pride ourselves on having a stable, cohesive team of dedicated professionals. The friendship and respect that our staff display for one another transfers to our children and families. Our children feel valued and safe as long-term, trust based relationships are a feature of our Preschool communities.
Owner & Montessori Mentor
Qualifications: Advanced Certificate of Montessori,
Diploma Children’s Services
Barb began her Montessori journey as a parent when her sons enrolled in Jescott Montessori in the late 1980s. She then transitioned to teaching in the Jescott classroom before helping to establish Cedars Montessori. Barb is an integral part of the SA Montessori family and enjoys mentoring educators to help them reach their potential.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
After completing her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education degree, Wendy spent 10 years at Prescott College Southern. Wendy joined the Cedars team in 2017. Her interest in the Montessori teaching method inspired her to study a Diploma of Montessori. Wendy has a drive and passion to continue to develop a happy and beautiful environment at Cedars.
Preschool Teacher & Playgroup/Transition Coordinator
Qualifications: Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
Andrea is a longstanding member of the SA Montessori family. She joined the Jescott team straight from University before moving to Cedars after several years. She loved the Montessori method so much that almost 20 years later she is still a part of the wonderful SA Montessori team at Cedars and runs our Playgroup.
Centre Director / Manager
Qualifications: Diploma of Montessori Education, Diploma of Children’s Services.
Mel’s boundless energy and passion drive the momentum that makes Chancery Lane such a unique place!
Mel applies that same zest to her role as ‘Montessori mum’ to her three lovely young children, Mitchell, Ellie and Lachlan.
Michelle is the first face you see when you enter the door to Chancery Lane and her warm, welcoming smile sets the tone for your entire Montessori experience. Michelle is not only the first point of contact, she is there to help you throughout your Chancery Lane journey.
Michelle is quite literally a part of the SA Montessori “family” as she is the sister of one of Chancery Lane’s owners, Barb Nache.
Owner & Playgroup Coordinator
Qualifications: Diploma of Montessori Education
Barbara opened Jescott for her daughter Jessica (our Director). Even as her business expanded Barbara remained part of the Jescott classroom, running our ‘Nido’ Playgroup each week. Barbara is recognised as a leader in the early childhood sector and received a National Excellence in Teaching Award,
Jessica Matheson (nee Langford)
Qualifications: Diploma of Montessori Education, Bachelor Early Childhood.
Jessica has been at Jescott most of her life – she attended as a 2 year old in the inaugural class of 1989! She was awarded the Australian Family Rising Star Award early in her career and we are so proud that she is part of our Jescott constellation!
Qualifications: Cert III Children’s Services.
Mel was once a ‘Jescott mum’, with her daughter Zoe attending Montessori with us. This gives her a unique insight into the parenting perspective of the Jescott journey! Mel’s attention to detail and proactive planning make her the perfect person to keep Jescott’s management running smoothly.
Qualifications: Diploma of Montessori Education
Josie’s daughters, Lara and Mia, attended an SA Montessori centre. She fell in love with Montessori so deeply that it inspired a career change! Josie excels as an educator not only because of her intelligent ideas but also her huge heart. Her compassion supports children, parents and colleagues alike.
Qualifications: Graduate Certificate Education, Diploma of Primary Education, Equivalent recognition of Bachelor Early Childhood
Creanagh first became an advocate for Montessori education during her tenure as Head of the Junior School at Loreto College, where our ‘seed centre’ Babthorpe Montessori was located.
Creanagh is an experienced leader and a passionate educator, making her the perfect guide for our Lilliput team.
Co-Owner & Montessori Pedagogical Leader
Qualifications: Diploma of Montessori Education, Diploma Early Childhood
Adriana began her first teaching position over twenty-five year ago at our ‘sister centre’ Jescott Montessori Pre-school. Alongside Barbara Langford and Barbara Nache, she co-founded ‘Babthorpe’ and remains a passionate Montessori educator. Adriana is also a passionate musician and incorporates specialized music classes within the curriculum.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Education (Primary), WT Certificate III Children’s Services
Adam has worked with children in a variety of contexts, including supporting those with additional needs and developing curriculum programs for support services. After the birth of his first child, Eddie, Adam became besotted with the early years and has shifted his focus to a child’s vital first experiences in life.
Co-Owner & Montessori Mentor
Qualifications: Diploma of Montessori Education,
Bachelor of Early Childhood
Adriana began her first teaching position over twenty-five years ago at our ‘sister centre’ Jescott Montessori Pre-school. She now splits her time between Lilliput Village and Little Oxford so that she can propagate her professional insights. Adriana is also a musician and incorporates specialized music classes within the curriculum.
Qualifications: Diploma of Montessori Education,
Bachelor Early Childhood
Sophie worked at Jescott Montessori for several years before deciding to share her expertise with the Little Oxford team as well. Sophie brings a wealth of experience not only as an educator but also as a mum, ensuring that our team members always remain empathetic to the parent perspective.
Qualifications: Certificate III Children’s Services
Pam has been balancing the books for SA Montessori for nearly two decades as our organisation’s administrator extraordinaire. She brings immense value, passion and creativity to her role as Co-Owner of Rosemont House.
Pam’s to-do list might be on her office desk, but her heart is with the children and families, so she can often be found spending time in the classrooms or supporting parents.
Qualifications: Certificate III Children’s Services
Mel was once a ‘Montessori mum’, as her daughter Zoe attended our sister centre Jescott Montessori. This gives Mel a unique insight into the parenting perspective of the Montessori journey. Mel not only handles the administration at Rosemont House, but also contributes to the administrative infrastructure of SA Montessori through her role with Montessori Management and Mentoring.
'From the Start' Educarer & Member of our 'Leadership Team'
Qualifications: Diploma of Children’s Services
Heidi’s dedication to her craft as an educarer is inspirational and transformative to those around her. She is particularly passionate about supporting the parents of the children in her care.
Preschool Educarer & Member of our 'Leadership Team'
Qualifications: W.T Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
Tina’s enthusiasm for education is palpable and infectious, and matched by her expertise. Her warm nature and sense of humour endear her to the children, parents and her colleagues!
Montessori Mentor, Educator & Member of our Leadership Team
Qualifications: Bachelor of Early Childhood,
Certificate in Montessori
Karyn has many years of experience within the early childhood sector and chose to specialise in Montessori after her two sons attended our sister centre Babthorpe Montessori.
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Cedars Montessori - Unley
Chancery Lane Montessori - Adelaide CBD
Jescott Montessori - Magill
Lilliput Village Montessori - Maylands
Little Oxford Montessori - Unley
Rosemont House Montessori - Norwood
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