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Click the links below to learn more about each of our SA Montessori preschools –

or visit our Gallery for a virtual tour of each of our unique environments.

Cedars Montessori

Unley

Unley

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 courtesy of the love of glitter of our Owner/Director Barb Nache.

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Chancery Lane Montessori

Adelaide

Adelaide

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.

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Jescott Montessori

Magill

Magill

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!

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Lilliput Village Montessori

Maylands

Maylands

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.

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Little Oxford Montessori

Unley

Unley

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.

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Rosemont House Montessori

Norwood

Norwood

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. 

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Our EDUCATORS

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.

Barb Nache

Barb Nache

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.

Naomi Wild

Naomi Wild

Assistant Director

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education, Working towards Graduate Certificate in Special Education ​

Naomi has been working as a Montessori Early Childhood Teacher since 2010.

She has been inspired by the Montessori Teaching Method and believes that this Method provides children with rich and engaging learning opportunities, enabling them  to further develop their sense of wonder and understanding of the world. 

Andrea Potter

Andrea Potter

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. 

Melissa Wray

Melissa Wray

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 Ranger

Michelle Ranger

Receptionist

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.

Barbara Langford

Barbara Langford

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)

Jessica Matheson (nee Langford)

Director

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!

Mel Koerber

Mel Koerber

Administrative Coordinator

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. 

Josie DiGirolami

Josie DiGirolami

Preschool Teacher

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.

Creanagh Callaghan

Creanagh Callaghan

Director

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.

Adriana Francescangeli

Adriana Francescangeli

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.

Adam James

Adam James

Director

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. 

Adriana Francescangeli

Adriana Francescangeli

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.

Sophie James

Sophie James

Montessori Mentor

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. 

Pam Francescangeli

Pam Francescangeli

Co-Owner

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. 

Mel Koerber

Mel Koerber

Administrative Coordinator

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. 

Heidi Britton

Heidi Britton

'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.

Tina Yiannicou

Tina Yiannicou

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!

Karyn Adams

Karyn Adams

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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Locations: 

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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