Our Facilities & Locations

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About Our Centres

We aim to provide an inclusive environment that promotes a sense of belonging to each child, their family members, our staff and the members of the wider community.

We value the individuality of all people involved with our centres and respect, welcome and encourage their involvement, feedback and support.

We aim to provide you with a nurturing environment that is innovative, safe and extremely clean so you and your child enjoy walking through our doors.

We educate children through their senses and embrace the Montessori method and philosophy which promotes balance and deeper absorption of information.

All Precious Cargo Montessori Early Learning centres are purpose-built and carefully designed to literally represent a home away from home. All of our centre floors are carpeted and aesthetically pleasing, and we intentionally use soft pastel colours to ensure we are not overstimulating children at all times.

We pride ourselves on the excellence of our facilities, and providing children with the calm, clean, nurturing, safe spaces they deserve.

Depending on your child’s schedule, we also provide breakfast, lunch & dinners, as well as morning & afternoon tea. We ensure all meals are extremely nutritional, and utilise fresh ingredients from our onsite vegetable patches.

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Blackwood

South Australia

Every Precious Cargo centre is unique, and Blackwood is no exception. Tucked away in front of a reserve, this centre has 2 large verandahs, a kitchen cooking platform, and a purpose-built music room. The Montessori focus on sensorial and practical life is evident, with a vegetable garden, Grow Free cart, and pet axolotyls! They also learn about empathy and consideration through their strong Community Links with Happy Feet Dance, Mindfulness, RSPCA, CFS, and the indigenous community.

Blackwood’s Next Open Day

Saturday 12 October, 10am – 12pm

Meet the Staff at Blackwood

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Vanessa Webb
Director

I have worked in early childhood education over the last 16 years and I’ve been working here at Precious Cargo Blackwood since April 2018. I love that Montessori learning encompasses the whole child…

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…allowing them to learn and develop at their own pace. It gives children the chance to be fully involved in exploring and contributing to their environment giving them the sense of ownership, responsibility and respect that sets them up for life.

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Glenis Tenison-Woods
Assistant Director

I have worked in early childhood for over 25 years and as a trainer and assessor for the last 5 years. I started here at Precious Cargo in September 2020 as Assistant Director…

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…director and was immediately welcomed to the centre by all staff and families.

I love working at a centre that is Montessori centre as I see the children engaging with the wonderful resources and their learning environment and the smiles on their faces say everything.

The educators are supportive, dedicated and passionate in their work with the children and form wonderful relationships with the families!

Get In Touch
Address:

346-348 Shepherds Hill Rd
Blackwood, SA 5051

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Collinswood

South Australia

Our two-storey Collinswood centre is purpose built, with a dining room, music room, kitchen cooking platform, outdoor verandah, and balcony with shade. There are also two outdoor play areas, one of which has a spider web climbing frame and a rock mound with a slide! The culture within this centre is extremely diverse, and is equipped with educators that speak multiple languages.

The Montessori focus on sustainability and sensory education is evident in the agricultural practices available for children, including pet frogs, vegetable and herb gardens, compost bins, and soon-to-be Grow Free cart! The centre also boasts strong community links with St Monicas Primary School, Via Dance centre, Happy Feet Dance and Little Tennis.

Collinswood’s Next Open Day

Saturday 26 October, 10am – 12pm

Meet the Staff at Collinswood

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Naomi Martin
Director

It is a pleasure to welcome you to Collinswood and our dedicated team of Educators. I have been fortunate enough to work across four Precious Cargo sites in various rolls over the past 11 years…

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…and appreciate the many diverse learning experiences I have encountered throughout all the centres. I have been working in the sector for 20 years and there isn’t a day that goes by where I’m not humbled or amazed by the capabilities and wonderings of our little people. I believe all children deserve an environment where they can thrive in every possible way and value the Montessori settings in which we provide for them. I particularly resonate with Maria Montessori’s Philosophy of providing children with Practical Life experiences and an atmosphere that is rich with Grace and Courtesy, and instil this in our centre philosophy at Collinswood.

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Stella Giglio
Assistant Director

I have been working in the industry for four years and commenced with Precious Cargo in November 2018 where I began my journey with the Montessori Philosophy and since then have enjoyed being…

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…part of a team who strive to provide the best Montessori practices and a supportive, carefully designed environment for the children.

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Donna Brine
Director

I have been working in childcare for over twenty years; eight of these years have been with Precious Cargo. My journey began as an Educator and have worked my way through to…

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…Operations Manager. Since working with the Montessori philosophy, I continue to get excited with the level of independence children develop when given the opportunity.

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Despina Nimpis
Assistant Director

What inspired me to work in childcare is my love for children, and the joy they bring. I have been in the industry now for 7 years, (Nearly 2 years now at Precious Cargo). I had little to no knowledge of…

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…Montessori when I started, but soon grew to love it!

I believe the Montessori method benefits a child in many ways. The key aspects I love most about Montessori is how it fosters a child’s independence as well as caters to each child’s individual levels/needs. Every child is unique; therefore we must guide each child to their potential.

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Stella Giglio
Assistant Director

I have been working in the industry for four years and commenced with Precious Cargo in November 2018 where I began my journey with the Montessori Philosophy and since then have enjoyed being…

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…part of a team who strive to provide the best Montessori practices and a supportive, carefully designed environment for the children.

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Tracy Taylor
Montessori Mentor

I have been working as a qualified educator in child care since 2003 and have thoroughly enjoyed working with children of all ages. I have been with the Precious Cargo community for almost 10 years.

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As a teacher I highly value the Montessori materials that provide children with a strong foundation of concrete concepts in maths and literacy, preparing them for future learning at school.

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Ali Lee
Montessori Mentor

I have been with Precious Cargo since 2015. The Montessori style of teaching fosters beautiful, independent growth for children at their own pace. My work at Precious Cargo allows me to be…

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…more of a “guide” than a traditional teacher.

I keep aiming toward integrity and poise as a teacher in this environment. I am supported to create a peaceful, engaging and comforting classroom where children seem happy, healthy and express their love of learning.

Get In Touch
Address:

91 North East Rd
Collinswood, SA 5081

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

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Heatherton

Victoria

This two-storey purpose built centre has two separate large outdoor play areas, and a music room with a view! For the budding environmentalists and animal lovers, Heatherton Precious Cargo comes with pet chickens, rabbits, compost bins, vegetable gardens and a Grow Free Cart!

This centre has formed strong Community Links with local businesses, including Maternal Child Health, Bunnings Warehouse, Caesar Stone, and the local dentist and library! There really is something for everyone, no matter what their interests.

Heatherton’s Next Open Day

Saturday 9 November, 10am – 12pm

Meet the Staff at Heatherton

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Karen MacDonald
Director

I have been with Precious Cargo for 14 months and absolutely adore being part of an organisation that cares about the children, families, educators and the broader community. The things l love most about…

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…the Montessori style of teaching are that it is teacher guided and children are able to learn at their own pace while their individual learning style is fostered. The learning experience is holistic and it creates confident and lifelong learners.

My passion has always been children and families and I have been in the child care industry for 31 years. I am a qualified Mothercraft Nurse, Early Childhood Educator and Early Childhood Trainer and Assessor and I have worked in services, as a nanny, Family Day Care and as a trainer for an RTO as well as TAFE.

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Caitlyn
Assistant Director

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Jackie
Montessori Mentor

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Get In Touch
Address:

67 Corporate Dr
Heatherton, VIC 3202

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Kindergarten: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Lockleys

South Australia

Equipped with two outdoor play areas, a kitchen cooking platform, music room and book library, Precious Cargo at Lockleys is ideal for kids with all kinds of interests and skills. Our sustainability and agricultural focus is demonstrated through out pet frogs, chickens, vegetable gardens, compost bins, and Grow Free Cart.

This centre has very close connections with the local nursing home, Lockleys Primary School, Red Cross, Via Dance, Happy Feet Dance and Yoga through our much loved Community Links program.

Lockleys’s Next Open Day

Saturday 2 November, 10am – 12pm

Meet the Staff at Lockleys

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Pat Lewis
Director

When I first learnt about the Montessori Philosophy and teaching methods I was sceptical, however after nearly 13 years with Precious Cargo my respect and admiration for Dr Maria Montessori…

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…is stronger than ever.

The respect and humility that is part of the Montessori Philosophy has really resonated with my own personal and professional philosophy and has been the basis of my teaching. During my time with Precious Cargo, I have observed children flourish using the Montessori Teachings – when given the opportunity to engage in real meaningful work, using the child sized materials children’s concentration and confidence builds.

I have been working in the early years education for nearly 20 years and have had the pleasure of working with numerous families. The Montessori Method is so much more than working with the pink tower, it is about developing independence through hands on learning and teaching respect: not just for the environment but most importantly for yourself. Dr Maria Montessori’s teachings have played an influential part in building confident young people who have a love of learning. My love for the Montessori Method will always support my teaching practises and will guide me as I navigate through my own parenting.

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Bek Atkinson
Assistant Director

My journey with Precious Cargo started in 2011 and I instantly fell in love with the philosophy and the Montessori Method. From a very young age, I have always wanted to work in Early Education…

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…and after my first day working for Precious Cargo I knew straight away that I was exactly in the right place. During this time, I have been fortunate enough to complete my Certificate III and Diploma of Early Education and Care through Precious Cargo.

I have worked as an educator in Nursery,
Waddlers and then gained a position as a Team Leader in the Pre Kindy Room and now as an Assistant Director. I am passionate about providing a strong and stimulating curriculum that incorporates the Montessori Method and encourages independence. Building relationships with children and their families is one of the most important aspects of our roles; we truly do aspire to be one large, happy family here at Lockleys.

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Pat Lewis
Director

When I first learnt about the Montessori Philosophy and teaching methods I was sceptical, however after nearly 13 years with Precious Cargo my respect and admiration for Dr Maria Montessori…

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…is stronger than ever.

The respect and humility that is part of the Montessori Philosophy has really resonated with my own personal and professional philosophy and has been the basis of my teaching. During my time with Precious Cargo, I have observed children flourish using the Montessori Teachings – when given the opportunity to engage in real meaningful work, using the child sized materials children’s concentration and confidence builds.

I have been working in the early years education for nearly 20 years and have had the pleasure of working with numerous families. The Montessori Method is so much more than working with the pink tower, it is about developing independence through hands on learning and teaching respect: not just for the environment but most importantly for yourself. Dr Maria Montessori’s teachings have played an influential part in building confident young people who have a love of learning. My love for the Montessori Method will always support my teaching practises and will guide me as I navigate through my own parenting.

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Emily Luderer
Assistant Director

I have always been passionate about working with children. I started working in Early Childhood Education when I finished high school in 2008. Since then I have been an educator…

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…a team leader and now an assistant director.

I have been part of the Precious Cargo family since 2016 and love educating children through the Montessori method. I think what resonates the most with me in  Montessori is the way that children are set up to succeed and are given freedom to learn through routine and practice.

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Bek Atkinson
Montessori Mentor

I have been a Precious Cargo employee since 2011. During this time I have completed both Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education through Precious Cargo; both certificates were greatly…

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…influenced by Montessori; this is when I learnt my passion for the Montessori style of teaching. One of my favourite things about Montessori is the amount of individual learning and development that happens on each child as educators extend on each individual interest through hands on experiences. Everything about our Montessori classrooms fosters independence; the environment is beautifully prepared, calm with a great sense of order. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Precious Cargo family.

Get In Touch
Address:

390 Henley Beach Rd
Lockleys, SA 5032

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Marion

South Australia

The newest addition to our family of Precious Cargos is our lovely Marion centre! This centre boasts an amazing, free-flowing & natural outdoor space which is ideal for child play and collaboration. With a kitchen cooking platform and large music room, this centre also has everything a child needs to develop their sensorial and practical skills.

Marion’s Next Open Day

Saturday 16 November, 9am – 11am

Meet the Staff at Marion

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Shoana Heinze
Director

My name is Shoana Heinze and I have been working in the childcare industry for five years.  My passion to work with children ignited after working as a volunteer at my children’s primary school.

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I began studying my diploma in 2014 and was fortunate to have been offered a position within Precious Cargo in 2016. A Montessori environment is well prepared and gives children the freedom to become confident and independent learners at their own pace and I value this in an education environment.

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Cara Annetts
Assistant Director

My name is Cara Annetts and I have been working in the childcare education industry for 11 years in a variety of roles including assistant educator, team leader and curriculum leader.

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Over this time I have developed my passion and skillset to support both educators and children in achieving their individual goals and to gain confidence to try new experiences. I have developed my ability to support big behaviours and help children through and understand their emotions. I am now lucky enough to continue my journey as Assistant Director here at Marion.

Get In Touch
Address:

15 Finniss St
Marion, SA 5043

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Myrtle Bank

South Australia

Our newly renovated and heritage Myrtle Bank centre has 4 separate outdoor play areas that are specifically designed to satisfy children’s needs as they develop. The centre also has a kitchen cooking platform and music room to facilitate sensorial and practical skill development. Precious Cargo’s emphasis on sustainability and agriculture is also evident at Myrtle Bank, with chickens, rabbits, compost bins, vegetable gardens, worm farms and a Grow Free Cart available. 

This centre has established strong relationships as part of the Community Links Program. This encourages children to interact with and demonstrate compassion toward people of all ages and backgrounds. Myrtle Bank’s Community Links include: Carinya Nursing Home, Glen Osmond Primary School, Glen Osmond Vet Clinic, Via Dance, Happy Feet Dance and Mindful Kiddo.

Myrtle Bank’s Next Open Day

Saturday 19 October, 10am – 12pm

Meet the Staff at Myrtle Bank

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Julie Jenkins
Director

I have worked in Early Childhood for 25 years and fell in love with the Montessori Philosophy 12 years ago. I have had the pleasure of being Director at Myrtle Bank for 4 years.

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What I love about the Montessori Method is that it is designed around the specific needs and abilities of each child giving them freedom to explore at their own pace. The freedom to follow their interests will allow them to develop a love of continuous learning.

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Veronica Villacorta
Assistant Director

I am passionate about children’s development and I have found a true admiration for the Montessori Philosophy that promotes children’s independence while stimulating the child’s curiosity.

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As Assistant Director and Educational Leader, it is my joy and honour to be part of our children’s first learning environment.

Get In Touch
Address:

3 Fisher St
Myrtle Bank, SA 5064

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Welland

South Australia

This two-storey purpose-built centre has a large verandah and enclosed balcony, and natural yards with beautiful established gardens. It is also equipped with a dining room with kitchen cooking platform, and a music room with a view! The agricultural focus is evident, with vegetable gardens, herb gardens, and a Grow Free Cart. We also have pet chickens on the way!

Welland Precious Cargo has established strong Community Links in the local area, as a means of teaching children about compassion and empathy. These relationships include; Happy Feet Dance, St Vincent de Pauls, Allenby Gardens Primary School, and the local library.

Welland’s Next Open Day

Saturday 26 October, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Meet the Staff at Welland

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Hannah Meiners
Director

My journey into early development began when I discovered the importance of high quality early childhood education programs and the improved outcomes for children they produce.

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Within my career I have worked across all age groups within a variety of roles, including an additional needs support position and educational leader. I also hold a Bachelor in Nutrition and Food Sciences, which I utilise within my role to provide nutritional education to the children within my care.

Since joining Precious Cargo in Oct 2018, it has been amazing to watch children blossom in a planned environment that empowers children to be confident, independent learners. To be a part of a philosophy that supports children to build respectful relationships based on courtesy, fairness and patience whilst developing self-worth is very rewarding.

Get In Touch
Address:

85 Grange Rd
Welland, SA 5007

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Woodville Park

South Australia

This two-storey, purpose-built centre is equipped with a verandah, alfresco eating facilities, and a unique play area with various adventure-based equipment. There is also an eclectic sawtooth structure covering part of the outdoor area. Precious Cargo’s emphasis on sustainability and agricultural is exercised in a practical sense, with pet rabbits and a turtle, vegetable gardens, and a worm farm.

Woodville Park centre has formed very strong connections with local businesses and organisations as part of Precious Cargo’s Community Links program. These include; Paint the Westside REaD, Salvation Army, Via Dance, Little Tennis Stars, and the local library. 

Woodville Park’s Next Open Day

Saturday 19 October, 10am – 12pm

Meet the Staff at Woodville Park

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Jacqui Lee
Director

I commenced my childcare experience in Victoria where I began as an Educator working my way through to a Director position.

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I have worked in the industry for over 20 years including some time as a Family Day Carer.
I then relocated in December 2018 to Precious Cargo Woodville as an Assistant Director. I strive to provide a welcoming learning environment for children so it feels like home. I love the simplicity of the Montessori curriculum where it logically teaches children about the skills needed for life and enables them to gain self-confidence.

Get In Touch
Address:

699 Port Road
Woodville Park, SA 5011

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Westbourne Park

South Australia

Westbourne Park Precious Cargo’s purpose-built centre is equipped with a kitchen cooking platform and music room, as well as two outdoor play areas. There is also a book library coming soon! The agricultural and sustainability focus is extremely strong at this centre, with pet chickens, rabbits and frogs, butterfly gardens, a Grow Free Cart, vegetable gardens, and compost bins coming soon!

This centre has established strong relationships with external organisations as part of Precious Cargo’s Community Links program. At Westbourne Park, these include; Auscare Nursing Home, Via Dance, St Vincent de Pauls, and the local vet clinic.

Westbourne Park’s Next Open Day

Saturday 2 November, 10am – 12pm

Meet the Staff at Westbourne Park

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Gabrielle Peterson
Director

My journey of working with young children began 13 years ago when I was studying teaching and came across Precious Cargo and the Montessori method. I was enthralled by the philosophy that…

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…fosters children‘s love of learning and encourages independence by providing a prepared environment for children to explore. Raising my 2 daughters highlighted for me the strong focus that the Montessori method has on building self confidence, inner discipline, a sense of self worth and positive social behaviour. This is everything I wanted for my own children and I was so happy to be apart of the Precious Cargo vision to provide this learning to each and every child.

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Amy Provis
Assistant Director

I began working in Early Learning Sector 15 years ago. Early in my career, I was fortunate to discover Precious Cargo, where the vision to realise the potential in every child, strongly resinated…

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…with my personal philosophy for children’s education and care. I have now been part of the company for 10 years.

My interest in child development was ignited by my mother, who was a teacher at a Montessori Primary School. As a child, I also attended a Montessori Preschool and I flourished in the hands-on learning environment.  Later in life, as a young adult, I was given  the opportunity to learn and to work as a Teacher’s Aid in a Montessori School, which further enlivened my curiosity for the Montessori pedagogy; a child-focussed educational approach based on scientific observation of child development. Since then, I’ve gone on to study my Assistant Certificate in Montessori and I still remain passionate about observing children grow and develop through this amazing method.

Get In Touch
Address:

183 Cross Rd
Westbourne Park, SA 5041

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

St Peters

South Australia

The newly renovated Precious Cargo at St Peters is equipped with three outdoor play areas, a playground built in 2019, two verandahs, and numerous established trees. The centre also boasts a kitchen cooking platform and a music room. We are also passionate about celebrating diverse cultures through various celebrations and learning experiences.

Precious Cargo’s environmental and agricultural focus is evident at St Peters, with compost bins, fruit trees, a pet rabbit, and vegetable gardens and chickens coming to the centre soon! Additionally, our much praised Community Links program has seen this centre form strong connections with the local library, Woolworths, Via Dance, Little Tennis Stars and Happy Feet Dance.

St Peters’s Next Open Day

Saturday 19 October, 11:30am – 1:30pm

Meet the Staff at St Peters

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Renee Jones
Director

I have been lucky enough to work in the Childcare industry for
over 10 years, enjoying various roles, which has provided me
with a great understanding, knowledge and experience.

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My aim is to create a home away from home where each and
every child feels safe and protected. Children need the
assurance of being cared for while they are enjoying an
educational environment. I feel honoured to be given the
opportunity as Director at St Peters and for the chance to
create a safe and loving environment for all educators and
children in our care.

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Get In Touch
Address:

79-83 Stephen Tce
St Peters, SA 5069

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Blackwood

Blackwood

South Australia

Every Precious Cargo centre is unique, and Blackwood is no exception. Tucked away in front of a reserve, this centre has 2 large verandahs, a kitchen cooking platform, and a purpose-built music room. The Montessori focus on sensorial and practical life is evident, with a vegetable garden, Grow Free cart, and pet axolotyls! They also learn about empathy and consideration through their strong Community Links with Happy Feet Dance, Mindfulness, RSPCA, CFS, and the indigenous community.

Blackwood’s Next Open Day

Saturday 12 October, 10am – 12pm

Meet the Staff at Blackwood

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Vanessa Webb
Director

I have worked in early childhood education over the last 16 years and I’ve been working here at Precious Cargo Blackwood since April 2018. I love that Montessori learning encompasses the whole child…

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…allowing them to learn and develop at their own pace. It gives children the chance to be fully involved in exploring and contributing to their environment giving them the sense of ownership, responsibility and respect that sets them up for life.

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Glenis Tenison-Woods
Assistant Director

I have worked in early childhood for over 25 years and as a trainer and assessor for the last 5 years. I started here at Precious Cargo in September 2020 as Assistant Director…

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…director and was immediately welcomed to the centre by all staff and families.

I love working at a centre that is Montessori centre as I see the children engaging with the wonderful resources and their learning environment and the smiles on their faces say everything.

The educators are supportive, dedicated and passionate in their work with the children and form wonderful relationships with the families!

Get In Touch
Address:

346-348 Shepherds Hill Rd
Blackwood, SA 5051

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Collinswood

Collinswood

South Australia

Our two-storey Collinswood centre is purpose built, with a dining room, music room, kitchen cooking platform, outdoor verandah, and balcony with shade. There are also two outdoor play areas, one of which has a spider web climbing frame and a rock mound with a slide! The culture within this centre is extremely diverse, and is equipped with educators that speak multiple languages.

The Montessori focus on sustainability and sensory education is evident in the agricultural practices available for children, including pet frogs, vegetable and herb gardens, compost bins, and soon-to-be Grow Free cart! The centre also boasts strong community links with St Monicas Primary School, Via Dance centre, Happy Feet Dance and Little Tennis.

Collinswood’s Next Open Day

Saturday 26 October, 10am – 12pm

Meet the Staff at Collinswood

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Naomi Martin
Director

It is a pleasure to welcome you to Collinswood and our dedicated team of Educators. I have been fortunate enough to work across four Precious Cargo sites in various rolls over the past 11 years…

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…and appreciate the many diverse learning experiences I have encountered throughout all the centres. I have been working in the sector for 20 years and there isn’t a day that goes by where I’m not humbled or amazed by the capabilities and wonderings of our little people. I believe all children deserve an environment where they can thrive in every possible way and value the Montessori settings in which we provide for them. I particularly resonate with Maria Montessori’s Philosophy of providing children with Practical Life experiences and an atmosphere that is rich with Grace and Courtesy, and instil this in our centre philosophy at Collinswood.

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Stella Giglio
Assistant Director

I have been working in the industry for four years and commenced with Precious Cargo in November 2018 where I began my journey with the Montessori Philosophy and since then have enjoyed being…

Read More

…part of a team who strive to provide the best Montessori practices and a supportive, carefully designed environment for the children.

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Donna Brine
Director

I have been working in childcare for over twenty years; eight of these years have been with Precious Cargo. My journey began as an Educator and have worked my way through to…

Read More

…Operations Manager. Since working with the Montessori philosophy, I continue to get excited with the level of independence children develop when given the opportunity.

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Despina Nimpis
Assistant Director

What inspired me to work in childcare is my love for children, and the joy they bring. I have been in the industry now for 7 years, (Nearly 2 years now at Precious Cargo). I had little to no knowledge of…

Read More

…Montessori when I started, but soon grew to love it!

I believe the Montessori method benefits a child in many ways. The key aspects I love most about Montessori is how it fosters a child’s independence as well as caters to each child’s individual levels/needs. Every child is unique; therefore we must guide each child to their potential.

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Stella Giglio
Assistant Director

I have been working in the industry for four years and commenced with Precious Cargo in November 2018 where I began my journey with the Montessori Philosophy and since then have enjoyed being…

Read More

…part of a team who strive to provide the best Montessori practices and a supportive, carefully designed environment for the children.

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Tracy Taylor
Montessori Mentor

I have been working as a qualified educator in child care since 2003 and have thoroughly enjoyed working with children of all ages. I have been with the Precious Cargo community for almost 10 years.

Read More

As a teacher I highly value the Montessori materials that provide children with a strong foundation of concrete concepts in maths and literacy, preparing them for future learning at school.

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Ali Lee
Montessori Mentor

I have been with Precious Cargo since 2015. The Montessori style of teaching fosters beautiful, independent growth for children at their own pace. My work at Precious Cargo allows me to be…

Read More

…more of a “guide” than a traditional teacher.

I keep aiming toward integrity and poise as a teacher in this environment. I am supported to create a peaceful, engaging and comforting classroom where children seem happy, healthy and express their love of learning.

Get In Touch
Address:

91 North East Rd
Collinswood, SA 5081

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Heatherton
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Heatherton

Victoria

This two-storey purpose built centre has two separate large outdoor play areas, and a music room with a view! For the budding environmentalists and animal lovers, Heatherton Precious Cargo comes with pet chickens, rabbits, compost bins, vegetable gardens and a Grow Free Cart!

This centre has formed strong Community Links with local businesses, including Maternal Child Health, Bunnings Warehouse, Caesar Stone, and the local dentist and library! There really is something for everyone, no matter what their interests.

Heatherton’s Next Open Day

Saturday 9 November, 10am – 12pm

Meet the Staff at Heatherton

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Karen MacDonald
Director

I have been with Precious Cargo for 14 months and absolutely adore being part of an organisation that cares about the children, families, educators and the broader community. The things l love most about…

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…the Montessori style of teaching are that it is teacher guided and children are able to learn at their own pace while their individual learning style is fostered. The learning experience is holistic and it creates confident and lifelong learners.

My passion has always been children and families and I have been in the child care industry for 31 years. I am a qualified Mothercraft Nurse, Early Childhood Educator and Early Childhood Trainer and Assessor and I have worked in services, as a nanny, Family Day Care and as a trainer for an RTO as well as TAFE.

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Caitlyn
Assistant Director

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Jackie
Montessori Mentor

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Address:

67 Corporate Dr
Heatherton, VIC 3202

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Kindergarten: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Lockleys

Lockleys

South Australia

Equipped with two outdoor play areas, a kitchen cooking platform, music room and book library, Precious Cargo at Lockleys is ideal for kids with all kinds of interests and skills. Our sustainability and agricultural focus is demonstrated through out pet frogs, chickens, vegetable gardens, compost bins, and Grow Free Cart.

This centre has very close connections with the local nursing home, Lockleys Primary School, Red Cross, Via Dance, Happy Feet Dance and Yoga through our much loved Community Links program.

Lockleys’s Next Open Day

Saturday 2 November, 10am – 12pm

Meet the Staff at Lockleys

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Pat Lewis
Director

When I first learnt about the Montessori Philosophy and teaching methods I was sceptical, however after nearly 13 years with Precious Cargo my respect and admiration for Dr Maria Montessori…

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…is stronger than ever.

The respect and humility that is part of the Montessori Philosophy has really resonated with my own personal and professional philosophy and has been the basis of my teaching. During my time with Precious Cargo, I have observed children flourish using the Montessori Teachings – when given the opportunity to engage in real meaningful work, using the child sized materials children’s concentration and confidence builds.

I have been working in the early years education for nearly 20 years and have had the pleasure of working with numerous families. The Montessori Method is so much more than working with the pink tower, it is about developing independence through hands on learning and teaching respect: not just for the environment but most importantly for yourself. Dr Maria Montessori’s teachings have played an influential part in building confident young people who have a love of learning. My love for the Montessori Method will always support my teaching practises and will guide me as I navigate through my own parenting.

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Bek Atkinson
Assistant Director

My journey with Precious Cargo started in 2011 and I instantly fell in love with the philosophy and the Montessori Method. From a very young age, I have always wanted to work in Early Education…

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…and after my first day working for Precious Cargo I knew straight away that I was exactly in the right place. During this time, I have been fortunate enough to complete my Certificate III and Diploma of Early Education and Care through Precious Cargo.

I have worked as an educator in Nursery,
Waddlers and then gained a position as a Team Leader in the Pre Kindy Room and now as an Assistant Director. I am passionate about providing a strong and stimulating curriculum that incorporates the Montessori Method and encourages independence. Building relationships with children and their families is one of the most important aspects of our roles; we truly do aspire to be one large, happy family here at Lockleys.

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Pat Lewis
Director

When I first learnt about the Montessori Philosophy and teaching methods I was sceptical, however after nearly 13 years with Precious Cargo my respect and admiration for Dr Maria Montessori…

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…is stronger than ever.

The respect and humility that is part of the Montessori Philosophy has really resonated with my own personal and professional philosophy and has been the basis of my teaching. During my time with Precious Cargo, I have observed children flourish using the Montessori Teachings – when given the opportunity to engage in real meaningful work, using the child sized materials children’s concentration and confidence builds.

I have been working in the early years education for nearly 20 years and have had the pleasure of working with numerous families. The Montessori Method is so much more than working with the pink tower, it is about developing independence through hands on learning and teaching respect: not just for the environment but most importantly for yourself. Dr Maria Montessori’s teachings have played an influential part in building confident young people who have a love of learning. My love for the Montessori Method will always support my teaching practises and will guide me as I navigate through my own parenting.

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Emily Luderer
Assistant Director

I have always been passionate about working with children. I started working in Early Childhood Education when I finished high school in 2008. Since then I have been an educator…

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…a team leader and now an assistant director.

I have been part of the Precious Cargo family since 2016 and love educating children through the Montessori method. I think what resonates the most with me in  Montessori is the way that children are set up to succeed and are given freedom to learn through routine and practice.

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Bek Atkinson
Montessori Mentor

I have been a Precious Cargo employee since 2011. During this time I have completed both Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education through Precious Cargo; both certificates were greatly…

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…influenced by Montessori; this is when I learnt my passion for the Montessori style of teaching. One of my favourite things about Montessori is the amount of individual learning and development that happens on each child as educators extend on each individual interest through hands on experiences. Everything about our Montessori classrooms fosters independence; the environment is beautifully prepared, calm with a great sense of order. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Precious Cargo family.

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Address:

390 Henley Beach Rd
Lockleys, SA 5032

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Marion

Marion

South Australia

The newest addition to our family of Precious Cargos is our lovely Marion centre! This centre boasts an amazing, free-flowing & natural outdoor space which is ideal for child play and collaboration. With a kitchen cooking platform and large music room, this centre also has everything a child needs to develop their sensorial and practical skills.

Marion’s Next Open Day

Saturday 16 November, 9am – 11am

Meet the Staff at Marion

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Shoana Heinze
Director

My name is Shoana Heinze and I have been working in the childcare industry for five years.  My passion to work with children ignited after working as a volunteer at my children’s primary school.

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I began studying my diploma in 2014 and was fortunate to have been offered a position within Precious Cargo in 2016. A Montessori environment is well prepared and gives children the freedom to become confident and independent learners at their own pace and I value this in an education environment.

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Cara Annetts
Assistant Director

My name is Cara Annetts and I have been working in the childcare education industry for 11 years in a variety of roles including assistant educator, team leader and curriculum leader.

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Over this time I have developed my passion and skillset to support both educators and children in achieving their individual goals and to gain confidence to try new experiences. I have developed my ability to support big behaviours and help children through and understand their emotions. I am now lucky enough to continue my journey as Assistant Director here at Marion.

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Address:

15 Finniss St
Marion, SA 5043

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Myrtle Bank

Myrtle Bank

South Australia

Our newly renovated and heritage Myrtle Bank centre has 4 separate outdoor play areas that are specifically designed to satisfy children’s needs as they develop. The centre also has a kitchen cooking platform and music room to facilitate sensorial and practical skill development. Precious Cargo’s emphasis on sustainability and agriculture is also evident at Myrtle Bank, with chickens, rabbits, compost bins, vegetable gardens, worm farms and a Grow Free Cart available. 

This centre has established strong relationships as part of the Community Links Program. This encourages children to interact with and demonstrate compassion toward people of all ages and backgrounds. Myrtle Bank’s Community Links include: Carinya Nursing Home, Glen Osmond Primary School, Glen Osmond Vet Clinic, Via Dance, Happy Feet Dance and Mindful Kiddo.

Myrtle Bank’s Next Open Day

Saturday 19 October, 10am – 12pm

Meet the Staff at Myrtle Bank

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Julie Jenkins
Director

I have worked in Early Childhood for 25 years and fell in love with the Montessori Philosophy 12 years ago. I have had the pleasure of being Director at Myrtle Bank for 4 years.

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What I love about the Montessori Method is that it is designed around the specific needs and abilities of each child giving them freedom to explore at their own pace. The freedom to follow their interests will allow them to develop a love of continuous learning.

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Veronica Villacorta
Assistant Director

I am passionate about children’s development and I have found a true admiration for the Montessori Philosophy that promotes children’s independence while stimulating the child’s curiosity.

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As Assistant Director and Educational Leader, it is my joy and honour to be part of our children’s first learning environment.

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Address:

3 Fisher St
Myrtle Bank, SA 5064

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Welland

Welland

South Australia

This two-storey purpose-built centre has a large verandah and enclosed balcony, and natural yards with beautiful established gardens. It is also equipped with a dining room with kitchen cooking platform, and a music room with a view! The agricultural focus is evident, with vegetable gardens, herb gardens, and a Grow Free Cart. We also have pet chickens on the way!

Welland Precious Cargo has established strong Community Links in the local area, as a means of teaching children about compassion and empathy. These relationships include; Happy Feet Dance, St Vincent de Pauls, Allenby Gardens Primary School, and the local library.

Welland’s Next Open Day

Saturday 26 October, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Meet the Staff at Welland

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Hannah Meiners
Director

My journey into early development began when I discovered the importance of high quality early childhood education programs and the improved outcomes for children they produce.

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Within my career I have worked across all age groups within a variety of roles, including an additional needs support position and educational leader. I also hold a Bachelor in Nutrition and Food Sciences, which I utilise within my role to provide nutritional education to the children within my care.

Since joining Precious Cargo in Oct 2018, it has been amazing to watch children blossom in a planned environment that empowers children to be confident, independent learners. To be a part of a philosophy that supports children to build respectful relationships based on courtesy, fairness and patience whilst developing self-worth is very rewarding.

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Address:

85 Grange Rd
Welland, SA 5007

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Woodville Park

Woodville Park

South Australia

This two-storey, purpose-built centre is equipped with a verandah, alfresco eating facilities, and a unique play area with various adventure-based equipment. There is also an eclectic sawtooth structure covering part of the outdoor area. Precious Cargo’s emphasis on sustainability and agricultural is exercised in a practical sense, with pet rabbits and a turtle, vegetable gardens, and a worm farm.

Woodville Park centre has formed very strong connections with local businesses and organisations as part of Precious Cargo’s Community Links program. These include; Paint the Westside REaD, Salvation Army, Via Dance, Little Tennis Stars, and the local library. 

Woodville Park’s Next Open Day

Saturday 19 October, 10am – 12pm

Meet the Staff at Woodville Park

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Jacqui Lee
Director

I commenced my childcare experience in Victoria where I began as an Educator working my way through to a Director position.

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I have worked in the industry for over 20 years including some time as a Family Day Carer.
I then relocated in December 2018 to Precious Cargo Woodville as an Assistant Director. I strive to provide a welcoming learning environment for children so it feels like home. I love the simplicity of the Montessori curriculum where it logically teaches children about the skills needed for life and enables them to gain self-confidence.

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Address:

699 Port Road
Woodville Park, SA 5011

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

Westbourne Park

Westbourne Park

South Australia

Westbourne Park Precious Cargo’s purpose-built centre is equipped with a kitchen cooking platform and music room, as well as two outdoor play areas. There is also a book library coming soon! The agricultural and sustainability focus is extremely strong at this centre, with pet chickens, rabbits and frogs, butterfly gardens, a Grow Free Cart, vegetable gardens, and compost bins coming soon!

This centre has established strong relationships with external organisations as part of Precious Cargo’s Community Links program. At Westbourne Park, these include; Auscare Nursing Home, Via Dance, St Vincent de Pauls, and the local vet clinic.

Westbourne Park’s Next Open Day

Saturday 2 November, 10am – 12pm

Meet the Staff at Westbourne Park

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Gabrielle Peterson
Director

My journey of working with young children began 13 years ago when I was studying teaching and came across Precious Cargo and the Montessori method. I was enthralled by the philosophy that…

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…fosters children‘s love of learning and encourages independence by providing a prepared environment for children to explore. Raising my 2 daughters highlighted for me the strong focus that the Montessori method has on building self confidence, inner discipline, a sense of self worth and positive social behaviour. This is everything I wanted for my own children and I was so happy to be apart of the Precious Cargo vision to provide this learning to each and every child.

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Amy Provis
Assistant Director

I began working in Early Learning Sector 15 years ago. Early in my career, I was fortunate to discover Precious Cargo, where the vision to realise the potential in every child, strongly resinated…

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…with my personal philosophy for children’s education and care. I have now been part of the company for 10 years.

My interest in child development was ignited by my mother, who was a teacher at a Montessori Primary School. As a child, I also attended a Montessori Preschool and I flourished in the hands-on learning environment.  Later in life, as a young adult, I was given  the opportunity to learn and to work as a Teacher’s Aid in a Montessori School, which further enlivened my curiosity for the Montessori pedagogy; a child-focussed educational approach based on scientific observation of child development. Since then, I’ve gone on to study my Assistant Certificate in Montessori and I still remain passionate about observing children grow and develop through this amazing method.

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Address:

183 Cross Rd
Westbourne Park, SA 5041

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

St Peters

St Peters

South Australia

The newly renovated Precious Cargo at St Peters is equipped with three outdoor play areas, a playground built in 2019, two verandahs, and numerous established trees. The centre also boasts a kitchen cooking platform and a music room. We are also passionate about celebrating diverse cultures through various celebrations and learning experiences.

Precious Cargo’s environmental and agricultural focus is evident at St Peters, with compost bins, fruit trees, a pet rabbit, and vegetable gardens and chickens coming to the centre soon! Additionally, our much praised Community Links program has seen this centre form strong connections with the local library, Woolworths, Via Dance, Little Tennis Stars and Happy Feet Dance.

St Peters’s Next Open Day

Saturday 19 October, 11:30am – 1:30pm

Meet the Staff at St Peters

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Renee Jones
Director

I have been lucky enough to work in the Childcare industry for
over 10 years, enjoying various roles, which has provided me
with a great understanding, knowledge and experience.

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My aim is to create a home away from home where each and
every child feels safe and protected. Children need the
assurance of being cared for while they are enjoying an
educational environment. I feel honoured to be given the
opportunity as Director at St Peters and for the chance to
create a safe and loving environment for all educators and
children in our care.

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Get In Touch
Address:

79-83 Stephen Tce
St Peters, SA 5069

Centre Hours:

Long Day Care: 6:30 am to 6 pm (all year)

Pre-School: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Closed on Public Holidays

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