Montessori Introduction

Although developed in the early 20th century, Montessori remains a buzz word in education today.

Dr Maria Montessori developed what she called “the prepared environment” which helps your child develop according to his or her own capacities in a non-competitive environment. The goal of a prepared environment is to help your child develop self-confidence and independance that inspires a love of learning which will remain throughout their life.

Sharavogue Montessori emphasises the  individual as opposed to group development. Dr Montessori believed that the most effective impulse to learning was self motivation, so a prepared environment does not force information and skills on to the child but rather they acquire the knowledge themselves. To this end, children of mixed ages can all progress individually in a Montessori class – in fact it is ideal to have mixed ages. Each child can move at their own pace and work to their full potential regardless of age. It is the perfect preparation for your child for starting school.

Montessori Programmes

Montessori Total Care 7.45am – 6.30pm All Year round

Our total care programme provides full day care for the Montessori age children.They are provided daily with breakfast, fruit morning snack, a home cooked nutritious lunch and afternoon tea. When class finishes they have a number of extracurricular activities as well as plenty of time for outdoor and indoor free play.

The activities include French & Music, Drama, Singing, Cooking, Arts & Crafts & Sports.

During summer holidays and school mid- term breaks, there is a full  “camp”programme prepared with lots of activities and outdoor play. Children who are eligible for the ECCE grant receive a monthly reduction for 38 weeks of the year.

3 – 5 years / ECCE grant applies

Montessori Part-Time Class 9.15am – 1.15pm End August – Mid June – Term time only

This is a mornings only Montessori Class . This Montessori programme focuses aims to maximise the ability of each child and develop their strengths whilst nurturing their curiosity and love of learning. This class helps the child develop socially and become more independent in preparing him/her for the move to Junior Infants.

Alongside the Montessori classwork, there are also daily activities such as arts and crafts, singing, group activities and outdoor play. Children wear the Sharavogue tracksuit and bring in a packed lunch to this class.

2.5 – 4 years / ECCE grant applies

Montessori Sessional Morning Class 9.15am – 12.15pm End August – Mid June – Term time only

This is also a mornings only Montessori Class. It tends to be the children’s first introduction to Montessori and is often the first year of a two year cycle. This main focus is on the practical life and sensorial materials helping to build the child’s independence, concentration and co-ordination.

Children need to be potty trained for this class. Children do not wear a uniform and bring in a packed lunch every day.

ECCE

Sharavogue is an approved provider of the ECCE scheme which provides 3 free hours per day for eligible children.

With effect from 1st September 2016, children can avail of the ECCE scheme for up to two years prior to starting primary school, depending on the date the child turned three years old.

Once your child has turned three years old, there are three entry points during which a child can join the scheme. These entry points are 1st January, 1st April and 1st September of each year. The examples below may assist you with in ascertaining when your child will be eligible:

If born within these dates below:

Your child can join the ECCE scheme at the entry point below:

April 2014 to August 2014 September 2017
September 2014 to December 2014 January 2018
January 2015 to March 2015 April 2018
April 2015 to August 2015 September 2018

Our Staff

All our Montessori teachers are fully trained with degrees in Montessori / Early Childhood Education from reputable colleges such as St. Nicholas Montessori College, AMI  & DIT.

We are very lucky to have such a great team of dedicated and experienced staff, many long-term who work together as a cohesive team to ensure the best is brought out in the children. They all embrace the Sharavogue ethos of nurturing individuality.

All staff are fully Garda vetted on employment.