About Bridget's Montessori Pre-School

We have engaged with and are accredited in the Siolta Quality Assurance Programme which is managed by the Early Years Education Policy Unit (EYEPU) within the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). This Siolta Quality Assurance Programme was run through the Early Childhood Ireland organisation.
We are registered with Tusla and are guided by and’ adhere to the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016. Our Inspection Reports, carried out by Tusla pre-school inspectors, are freely and openly available for viewing by all parents.

We have an open door policy and parents and families are always welcome. Parents/Guardians are kept up to date with their children’s overall growth and development by means of our observational reports and regular feedback from all our staff members.

We recognise that parents are the primary educators of their children, and we work alongside parents to promote their children’s overall development, putting great emphasis on the principles of Aistear (the early childhood curriculum) the child’s Well-being, Identity & belonging, Communicating and Exploring & Thinking.

Outdoor Play features greatly within our curriculum and almost everything we do inside can be done outside also. We provide rain gear for the children which means we can go outside every day regardless of the weather.

Our Montessori Pre-school provides a safe, healthy, happy and prepared environment, indoors and outdoors, for all the children and adults within the setting. We provide the children with experiences, activities and materials which are appropriate to their individual age and stage of development, allowing them to progress at their own pace.  We embrace diversity and are committed to equal opportunity for all Adults, Children and their Families within our service.

About Montessori

Maria Montessori established her Montessori Method of Education at the beginning of the 20th  century. Maria was born in Italy in 1870 and was the first woman in Italy to receive a medical degree. She worked in the fields of psychiatry, education and anthropology, and for most of her life she devoted her energies to the field of education

According to Montessori, "A child's work is to create the person she/he will become." She believed that the adult should “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” – Maria Montessori.

The Montessori Method is basically a teaching philosophy that gentle allows the child to become responsible for his/her own learning. The role of the teacher  is simply to guide and make observations to know when the child is ready to move on to something more challenging. The activities are hand-on and meaningful for the child.

It is always a goal of Montessori education in the classrooms to make the child independent and be able to do things for himself. This is achieved by giving children the opportunity to move, to choose what they want to do, and to help the adult with tasks.

When the children are able to do things for themselves there is an increase in their self belief, self confidence and self esteem which may carry on throughout their life.

Learning should be meaningful and fun. It should allow the child to make choices and learn at his/her own pace. It should boost the child's self-esteem and promote independent thinking. It should also teach children to love themselves and in turn the world. These are the beliefs behind the Montessori Method.

Our Montessori curriculum is divided into the main areas of Montessori learning which are:

Practical Life

Practical Life exercises lay the foundation for the curriculum in Montessori, and they help to develop concentration, coordination, control, independence, and order. Our practical life exercises teach the children how to care for themselves, care for their environment, grace & courtesy and control of movement. Exercises  include pouring, sweeping, sieving, dressing, lacing, tying, carrying, taking turns and the list goes on. All of these exercises are tasks that the child will do in every day life.

 

Sensorial

Sensorial exercises are designed to help the child learn through his/her senses, sight, touch, hearing, smell, taste, thermic & baric (temperature & weight)  The materials and exercises teach the child about size, shape, colour, touch, sound, temperature and weight. Materials include the Pink Tower, Broad Stairs, Colour Boxes, Touch Fabrics and many more.

Language

Language exercises are designed to teach the child language skills, spoken and written. Our exercises teach the child phonetic sounds and help to develop writing and listening skills. The language materials and activities are wide and varied and include the Sandpaper Sounds, Insets for Design, Sequencing Cards, Books, Large Movable Alphabet and many more.

Mathematics

Maths exercises teach the child about the symbol and quantity of number. Through the exercises the child will come to understand number concepts, and will learn about space, pattern and shape. The materials and activities include the Number Rods, Sandpaper Numbers, Number Games and the list goes on.

Culture

Cultural exercises make the child more aware of the world around him/her. Our exercises and activities are age appropriate for the children and include simple Science experiments, Geography, History, Nature, Music & Drama and so on.

In our Montessori Pre-school the children are allowed to progress at their own rate starting off with simple exercises and moving on to the more difficult when the child is ready.