Free PreSchool / Montessori

The ECCE scheme was introduced by the Irish government in January 2010 and provides a universal FREE pre-school year in the year before children start primary school. Children aged between 3 years, 2 months and 4 years, 7 months on the 1st of September each year are eligible for a place for one year. The scheme provides a pre school place of 3 hours per day Monday to Friday for 38 weeks for each child. Children who already attend fulltime / part time childcare may also avail of this service.

In Fonthill Lodge our ECCE sessions run from 9am-12pm and sometimes if there is demand from 12.30pm-3.30pm.

Children learn through a proven method of teaching devised by Dr. Maria Montessori. This method also fits comfortably within the framework of Aistear. Montessori focuses on observing and following the interests of children, and using these as the guidelines to encourage learning. This practice is then used to help the child feel fulfilled and confident in their own position within their life and environment.

Our Montessori classrooms are well equipped with Montessori specific materials. The environment is warm and comfortable. The rooms also have areas for relaxation and free play such as dress up or a home corner. Normal age appropriate toys are provided to enhance the Montessori experience for all the children.

The ratio for ECCE classes is 11:1. Each room has at least one fully qualified Montessori teacher and childcare worker. Montessori uses a number of materials and activities, first introduced and taught by an adult and then freely chosen and completed by the child. These daily activities require concentration and focus and require mind and body to work together. These tasks are designed to result in your child feeling satisfied, happy and with a feeling of accomplishment. They also help in physical, emotional and intellectual development.

All our teachers aim to equip the children with the required social, language and practical skills for a successful transition to Primary school.

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