We offer five different classrooms, with an array of different resources and educational apparatus to support the child's learning, including a fully equipped kitchen for baking and sensory activities and a fully equipped Montessori classroom, Free-Play/ Role-Play classroom and lots of interactive apparatus and loose play materials aligning our main hall area.
The Early Montessori Classroom is a play based child directed room where the children work in partnership with the adult, children learn and are supported to express themselves best, which is play. The activities are child lead and provide opportunities for holistic development which captures the whole child. We teach children self care skills and care of the environment skills which stem from Montessori and aid each child’s growing sense of independence
The Montessori rooms are also play based with many interest areas for the children to choose from. The teachers work in partnership with the children and extend and promote activities on an emergent basis. For example, if we had planned to teach children about the number 1 using the blocks but the children show more interest in playing with the farm , then we will devise an activity which uses the animals and encompasses their interests.
During the Montessori session, the children have their small group time. This is where the children become skilled at carrying out Montessori based activities aimed at encouraging independence, self discipline and motivation. Children work at their own pace and choose their own activities.
The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides 2 free years of early childhood care and education for children at pre-school age. In general, children can start ECCE when they reach 2 years and 8 months of age as of the 1st of Sept and continue until they transfer to primary school (provided that they are not older than 5 years and 6 months at the end of the pre-school year).
At Little Stars Montessori School, the Children in our care are always our primary concern. We provide positive and meaningful experiences, giving Children the opportunity to excel in all areas in an environment where they feel loved and developed as individuals. We promote the concept of diversity by welcoming all families into our setting and encourage parents to have an active role in their Children’s learning.
The ECCE Scheme means that the State pays a capitation fee to participating playschools and daycare services. In return, all participating Playschools provide a pre-school service free of charge to all children within the qualifying age range, for a set number of hours, over a set period of weeks. The school year is normally from September to June.
Children will be able to start ECCE when they reach 2 years and 8 months of age and continue until they transfer to primary school (provided that they are not older than 5 years and 6 months at the end of the pre-school year). Children will only be able to enroll in pre-school in September.
More details are available at the link below – Citizens Information on the ECCE Scheme:
Citizens Information - ECCE Scheme
The Department provides an eligibility calendar showing when your child can participate in the ECCE programme Click here to download PDF