Free the child's potential and you will transform him into the world - Maria Montessori

SA Montessori educators are passionate about providing the highest quality early childhood education and care. A child’s early experiences help to form the foundation of their relationship with the world. SA Montessori commits to providing joyful experiences to help each child connect with their community and value their environment.

There are five SA Montessori centres in Adelaide. Jescott Montessori Pre-school was the first centre founded in 1989 by Barbara Langford. Barbara began Jescott to provide a Montessori education for her daughter and this family focus remains central to our learning community today. Since then, Cedars Montessori Preschool at Saint Spyridon College, Unley; Babthorpe Montessori Preschool at Loreto College, Marryatville; Chancery Lane Montessori Preschool, St Aloysius, Adelaide and Rosemont House Montessori, Norwood have been successfully established.

In 2012, Chancery Lane became the first independently owned Early Childhood Education and Care Centre in SA and the first Montessori Centre in Australia to be awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). In April this year, Jescott Montessori Pre-School also achieved the ‘Excellent’ rating which is unprecedented in the sector. Rosemont House and Cedars Montessori Pre-Schools have achieved the Exceeding Rating.  Babthorpe Montessori is yet to be assessed.

The practice, policies and procedures of our Centres are guided by our pdf Statement of Principles (3.94 MB).


Rated Excellent


Jescott Montessori Pre-School has been awarded the Excellent rating, the highest a service can achieve under the National Quality Framework (NQF) for early childhood education and care – the second Centre in our group to achieve this accolade.