We believe that each child is an unique individual and by combining Montessori, Reggio and Nature based philosophies we create a learning environment that awakens the desire to learn in each child, and prepare the child for kindergarten, not only emotionally but intellectually as well.


Our Montessori based left brain curriculum uses materials and activities to teach our children the mathematics, science, reading and writing skills while teaching them practical life and sensorial skills at the same time.


Through our right brain curriculum, inspired by the Reggio Emilia and Nature based approach, students experience learning with natural materials where their creativity and individuality take center stage.  Exploration and discovery are encouraged and supported in this natural enriching environment, as connecting with nature is an integral process in child development.

Research shows that children who spend more time outdoors are healthier, can think more clearly, have an easier time paying attention, and have the ability to cope more effectively with stress.




My experience, education and passion in the field of Early Childhood Education has given me the opportunity to develop a beautiful and natural Montessori preschool, bordering on a nature park and forest in Springbank Hill, Calgary. 


Elm’s program offers a unique blend of Nature-based, Montessori and Reggio inspired curriculum that meets the developmental needs of each individual and unique child.

Elm has an excellent child-teacher ratio, this provides each child with exceptional attention and time from a highly qualified teacher with more than 20 years of ECE experience.

I also hold a four year Higher Education Diploma through the University of Pretoria, South Africa and an Early Learning & Childcare Development Supervisor (level3) certificate. My Police clearance and vulnerable sector check, CPR and First Aid certification are all up to date.

Hennelé Juressen

Teacher & Owner

At Elm we believe that snack time is a special time when we sit together to socialize and enjoy our snack. When weather permits, we enjoy having a picnic in the nature park next to the school or go to our forest in the park to enjoy our snack outside.  The children also love to bake and create together.

Snack time also provides a good opportunity to concentrate on good table manners and remember to say please and thank you. Everybody help to clean, sweep and clean the dishes.

Allergies and cultural preferences will always be taken into consideration.

I completed my Home Study Course in Food Safety through Alberta Health.