Classes run from 9:00am until 1:00pm each day where the children follow the Montessori and Aistear curriculum. The Aistear and Montessori methods are similar in their approach to learning, allowing the children to express themselves in different ways and learn through constructive play and social interaction.
A Day in Happy Days
On arrival each day, the children chose work from the different areas. Once finished with an activity, they pack away and continue to pick again. The children may chose materials and activities from one of the four areas of Montessori learning: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Mathematics. Educare provides wonderful Montessori materials to children to engage with. These materials, designed by Maria Montessori in the late 19th century, have stood the test of time, and have not become at all outdated in today’s smart-phone and tablet driven modern environment. The beauty and simplicity of Maria Montessori’s materials provide a wonderful and captivating experience for children who love playing and learning with them.
Play-dough, colouring, art & craft and drawing are then introduced for anyone interested. Additional activities may be carried out with the children during this period, such as cooking, baking, jam making and other such fun and practical experiences.
After packing away, the children wash up, have snack together and chat. The children engage with one another and this is a perfect time for friendships to form and flourish.
When snack is over and packed away, the children come together to have story time. At Educare, we have a wonderful collection of fun, engaging and thought-provoking stories which the children love and cherish.
Following story time, all children go outside (weather permitting) or to the play-chalet.
Our school grounds are unsurpassed in Ennis. Just outside town, our grounds are wonderfully mature and natural, surrounded by high stone walls and mature trees. We have wonderful green play areas with sports pitch, castle, towers and pirate ship. We have a mature orchard with flourishing apple trees that provide the main ingredient for our apple jam each year. The Courtyard provides a secure and private environment for playing with the sand-boxes, water boxes and playground activities.
On those rainy days (we are in Ireland after all), the play-chalet provides a sheltered environment for outdoor play.
Circle time takes place after play time where they all sit together and enjoy a variety of songs, games, stories and musical instruments along with telling their news and their own little stories, until it is time to go home.
Montessori Preschool in Irish
The Montessori Preschool in Irish (Spraoi) is open from 12:15pm to 3:15pm. A wonderful introduction to the Irish language to those starting out in the Irish education system.
Before & After School Childcare
With a wide range of activities including arts and crafts, imaginative play, physical activities and games, our staff will engage with, guide and support your children.
Montessori is an educational method that focuses on the individual child and their needs. The concepts behind the method were derived by Dr. Maria Montessori in the beginning of the 20th century. Her concepts in regards to teaching children based on their needs and personal interest lead to the Montessori educational method of today. There are four areas of learning in a Montessori 3-6 class:
- Practical Life
(Early Childhood Curriculum Framework)
Aistear is the curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. It provides information for adults to help them plan for and provide enjoyable and challenging learning experiences, so that all children can grow and develop as competent and confident learners within loving relationships with others.
Aistear describes the types of learning (dispositions, values and attitudes, skills, knowledge, and understanding) that are important for children in their early years, and offers ideas and suggestions as to how this learning might be nurtured. The Framework also provides guidelines on supporting children’s learning through partnerships with parents, interactions, play, and assessment.