Times and order of activities can change according to children’s interests and emerging events.
9.00 – 9.30 Morning Greeting: This is the time for reconnecting with other children and adults through free play in the indoor area. The children will choose the areas they wish to visit and the activities they wish to engage in
9.30 – 10.00 Roll call/Circle-time: This is time for the adults to invite children into circle, consult with children about their interests, call roll and engage in Story, Project or News Time
10.00 – 10.50 Child initiated activities with the Montessori materials and small group time: This is the time for child initiated activities with the Montessori materials/exercises. The key workers present new exercises and have one-to-one time with the children. Small group activities take place in this period also.
10.50 – 11.10 Lunch time: Children prepare for lunch, hands are washed. Each day two children hand out the lunches and two others feed “Nemo” our fish. Lunch time is a time for the children and adults to engage in conversation with each other, and also for the children to learn self-help skills and good eating habits. Children help tidy up and put their bags away.
11.10 – 11.50 Free play either outdoors or indoors according to children’s interests/wishes: This is a time for outdoor or indoor free play activity i.e. physical activities, exploration, pretend play, construction, creative play, music & movement, group projects, activities for festivals, holidays, emerging events and children’s interests. Time for children and adults to get fresh air, and also time for large group activities. Tidy up after large group activity is shared by adults and children.
11.50 – 12.00 Home time: Children get ready for home, sing songs and rhymes of the week. Practitioners will share news of the day with parents or carers.
The Afternoon class runs from 12.30-3.30 and has the same programme of activities.
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.