Dunleer Montessori

Dunleer Montessori, Tír na nÓg

Pre-School Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 12.30pm

What is Montessori?

The Montessori method of education is based on the developmental needs of the child for freedom within limits, and a carefully prepared environment.

This guarantees exposure to materials and experiences aiding in the development of intelligence, as well as physical and social abilities. The children are treated with respect and allowed to develope at their own pace.

Places available for next year 2018-2019

Tir na nÓg Montessori School accepts children ages 2 1/2- 5 years.

We are registered for the ECCE Government Pre-School Scheme which will provide a FREE pre- school year for children in the year before they start Primary School.

This is available to children from the age of 2 years and 8 months until Primary school provided they are not older than 5 years and 6 months.

Non Scheme, CSSP and Part-Time Places Also Available, Ages 2 1/2 -5 years.


When did Montessori start?

In 1907 Maria Montessori opened her first school, Case dei Bambini, in a slum in Rome. St. Nicholas Montessori Society of Ireland started on May 10th 1970.

What makes it different from other types of pre-schools?

In Montessori schools the children follow a set programme of tasks or exercises. They learn everyday skills such as dressing themselves, putting on their coats, shoes and accessories, cleaning up after themselves and caring for their own working environment.

They also learn social graces and manners and cover a wide variety of subjects including mathematics, reading and writing, history and geography, science, biology, music, Irish, art, drama and literature.

Furthermore they benefit from small class numbers, individual attention, practical life skills and a commitment to the development of each child as an individual.

The Montessori Teacher

The Montessori teacher should always treat the children with respect, letting them see by her actions and words that she values and esteems their rights as individuals.

She must always be ready to listen and to use her powers of observation to pick up the non-verbal signals of a child, who is in need of help or support. In a class where the children feel that the teacher values and respects each and every one of them, they will in turn respect the teacher and value her.


Limited ECCE Scheme Places available for September 2018. Non ECCE Scheme and Part Time Places also available.

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