About Bridget's Montessori Pre-School
We 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).
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, parent evenings 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, through the principles of Aistear (the early childhood curriculum) the child’s Well-being, Identity & belonging, Communicating and Exploring & Thinking.
Indoor and Outdoor Play feature 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 are committed to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion for all Adults, Children and Families within our service and we engage with the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) which is supported by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
About the Montessori Curriculum
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 gently allows the child to become responsible for his/her own learning. The role of the teacher is simply to guide and make observations and 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, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Cultural Studies
This Years Programme
Two of our children attended Bridgets Montessori over the past few years. We found that the atmosphere and learning environment was second to none. The children all received individual attention and their needs were all addressed by conscientious and caring teachers. The facilities are excellent and are maintained to a very high standard. We knew that when we dropped our children off that they would have an enjoyable and educational day and, we left with no worries on our part. Thanks girls!
My two girls were made to feel most welcome from the first day with Paula, Olivia, Lisa and all the girls at Bridgets. They are excited about going to school each day. We have greart chats at the table every evening about how good their day was, what they learned, made and talked about. My girls are now ready for and looking forward to ‘big school’. Thanks to Bridget and the girls, we found this Montessori really helped develop their strengths and taught them how to grow and learn in their own individual way. They made loads of new friends and learned to play in groups. They love outside play time and exploring in the garden area.
As parents of a very shy and timid young boy we were very apprehensive when it came to leaving him on the first day of Montessori but we needn’t have worried!! He was looked after extremely well, not only by his key teacher but by all the teachers. When it came to our second child starting, there was nowhere else we would have chosen. We have even already enrolled the youngest two JWe have watched both our boys grow into strong, confident, independent young boys, with a wonderful passion for learning. Because of the passion and dedication which the girls at Bridgets have, we watch our children go to school happy, enthusiastic and eager to learn. Thank you to all at Bridgets.
My daughter has been with Bridgets Montessori for the past two years now. During those two years I have seen her progress, develop and learn so much that I know she is more than ready for primary school. The teachers at Bridgets have such a love for their job and genuinely care for each of the students. Every day my daughter is welcomed so warmly into the class and every day she learns something new. Her individual key worker provides her with 1-2-1 lessons and regularly updates me on her progress. They are so approachable and its clear they have a genuine interest in all the children in the class. My daughter has grown so much in the past two years and I know she will miss Bridget and all the girls when she leaves in June.
Bridgets Montessori Preschool is full of the most kind and dedicated staff members that have encouraged and facilitated our son to develop both academically and socially. Bridgets Montessori, through their individual, fun and meaningful approach to learning have equipped our son with the necessary tools to begin his lifelong learning journey. For this positive experience and the kindness you have all shown we will be forever grateful. Best wishes for the future..
Bridgets Montessori is fantastic. My first child went there about six years ago and since then was followed by my other two children. All of them had a very pleasant experience there and made some fantastic memories. All the teachers are brilliant, caring professionals who help the children to learn through play. I couldn’t imagine a better Montessori for my children to have started their journey in school life. Thank you all.
Keeva has been attending Bridget’s for the last two years and I don’t know where to start telling everyone about how amazing Bridgets Montessori is. All the teachers are fantastic and nothing is ever too much trouble. They are always so welcoming and the love, care and knowledge they give the children is second to none. They have helped shape my daughter into the loving, caring and helpful child she is today. I wish she could stay longer but unfortunately she has to move on to primary school now. I don’t think you could find any better teachers anywhere and we’ll all miss them so much.
As our youngest daughter Éabha says farewell, Her final year here, our eyes might swell, With tears of pride and joy for what she’s learned, No better love and care received, as far as we’re concerned In Bridgets Montessori it’s about Imagination, And any dream the children dare to wish, The values of kindness, sharing and caring, Is evident, in Bridgets Montessori, they cherish. Quiet time, circle time, reading time today, May be about a rocket, I’ll remember the words, Zip it, lock it, and put it in your pocket. As the curtain falls on Éabha’s last year, We remember with gratitude all you’ve done for her here, An education so broad we know will take her far, She met firemen, soldiers, and even sat in a Garda car. So to Bridget, Lisa, Paula, Elaine, Olivia & Sandra, Éabha is so lucky and grateful to have had ya! Like a flower that blossoms to face the world and its strife, Éabhas ready to make the next step in her life. But from Lorna and I, It’s a ‘see you soon’ on our face, We’ve another child on the way, So we’ll be looking for a place!!! J
Both of our children attended Bridgets Montessori and both really enjoyed going each day. They had such affection for, not only their Key Worker, but for all of the teachers. Bridgets Montessori have managed to create a very happy and relaxed environment which allows the children to develop socially and emotionally. Thanks for everything.