Are you ready for a treasured and rewarding journey with your own childcare and early learning franchise? Join us as a business partner.

Precious Cargo Montessori Early Learning Centres offer childcare, transition and pre-school with four company-owned centres currently located throughout the Adelaide metropolitan area and our first franchise set to open in Blackwood, SA, in October 2014.

We aim to provide an environment that promotes a sense of belonging to each child, their family members, our staff and the members of the wider community. We aspire to be one large, happy family, offering a safe but real environment where children understand the meaning of responsibilities.

All activities have an educational element and many activities are based on real-life experiences, all carefully selected to meet the national quality framework standards and regulations.

Precious Cargo Founder and Company Director, Cheryl Shigrov has a long standing determination and vision to share the Montessori Philosophy with children. Since its inception in 2006, Precious Cargo has expanded into a flourishing family of children, parents, educators and business owners.

The ideal Precious Cargo Franchisee

  • Is business minded – has a genuine desire to own their own business
  • Has sound management capabilities
  • Has strong communication skills
  • Will embrace and become an Precious Cargo Brand Ambassador
  • Is passionate, motivated and driven in making a difference to the childcare industry and working with children
  • Will follow procedures and systems
  • Will contribute positively to the franchise network by delivering a high level of customer service, ensuring consistent delivery of our services.
  • Is energetic and enthusiastic about growing the Precious Cargo brand within their area.

Application process

Once you have read the Precious Cargo Franchise Prospectus and submitted an application form, you will be contacted by a member of the Precious Cargo team, to continue the franchise application process.


Do I need qualifications in childcare?

Minimum qualifications standards vary from state to state. Precious Cargo can provide you with details on qualifications required by your state. If you are interested in owning a business and employing appropriately qualified staff, Precious Cargo can provide details on what qualifications staff members must hold.

As of January 2012, all Long Day Care centres for children aged zero to six years, operate in line with the new National Government Standards.

Precious Cargo provides training in the Montessori Method and we encourage all franchisees to work towards their Diploma of Childcare Services and Diploma of Education (Montessori).

Will Precious Cargo provide me with a site or a centre?

Precious Cargo will assist in the process of identifying possible sites for you to choose from but ultimately it is your responsibility to find an appropriate site and your decision as to which site you choose.

How much do I need to invest?

An minimum investment of approximately $350,000 is required.