Ireland's leading Montessori school for pupils aged 2 - 6 based in the heart of Ballsbridge
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After School Programme & Camps
All children can remain after school and choose from the many after school activities available. The service continues to 6pm and includes a hot meal.
Net Promoter Score = 80
We are rated very highly by our parents at a Net Promoter Score of 80.
Building & Features
Large garden, dedicated Arts room, rest and relaxation & rest areas, large classrooms.
We have places available for children aged 2 up to 6 in either the Assistance to Infancy Programme, 2 to 3 yr or our 3 to 6 Montessori classrooms (ECCE yr 1 + yr 2).
ECCE & Flexible Payment Options
Montessori Preschool places are available from the year of eligibility for the ECCE scheme. Once ECCE Scheme funding ends children can remain in school until age 6 and then may continue in our Primary School in Dún Laoghaire.
Located next door to St. Vincent’s Hospital and with easy access to the Merrion Road and the DART at Sydney Parade.
Planes of Development
At St. Nicholas Merrion we have an Assistance to Infancy environment and two 3-6 environments, each designed to meet the developmental needs of the specific age group.
St. Nicholas Merrion is housed in a spacious Victorian terrace with large classrooms with easy access to the secure garden. A dedicated Art Studio allows children develop their creative instincts and experiment with visual art processes such as observing, imagining, making and investigating through a wide range of media.
Younger children have daily access to a garden where they can enjoy outdoor play designed to engage and develop their five senses.
St Nicholas Montessori Teachers are dedicated to fostering a love of learning while allowing each child to interact and explore at their own pace in a non-competitive environment. We invite you to visit our school and witness first-hand the beauty of a Montessori environment, where you will see freedom of movement, concentration, collaboration/interaction, and the joy for learning that children experience in our school.
Maria Montessori began her pioneering work with many children who had additional learning needs. And today, the Montessori method continues to be extremely effective in supporting learners who may face additional challenges when learning in mainstream classrooms.
St. Nicholas Montessori schools are co-educational. All pupils participate fully in all learning activities in a totally inclusive approach, regardless of gender.
St. Nicholas Montessori Society and School does not adhere to a specific religious doctrine and as such can be described as Multi-denominational.
The Montessori method includes the spiritual development of the child and this is encouraged throughout a child’s time in a St. Nicholas school. However, this spiritual development is not developed through the lens of a particular religious doctrine. All religions are respected and valued equally. Different belief systems are explored in an educational manner and the main religious festivals of a range of religions are celebrated in an age appropriate manner.
Montessori education encourages children to develop 21st century skills. These include critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. Ensuring that children have the skills they need to succeed in the digital age is one of the most important issues for 21st century education.
So how does Montessori education prepare children for the challenges of the 21st century?
Through careful observation the Montessori teacher encourages children to follow their passions, learn from their mistakes and to be self-motivated. Communication and social skills are nurtured by teaching children respect for themselves and others. Montessori materials teach children to think critically and to problem solve through practical experience.
The Montessori teacher’s training focuses on individual growth and development. Observation is a key skill through which the Montessori teacher follows the individual interests and needs of each child, providing lessons and guidance when necessary. The Montessori teacher’s role in the classroom is to maintain an inspiring learning environment to encourage the child to be self-motivated.
The main objective of the Montessori approach is to help children reach their maximum learning potential while becoming well balanced individuals able to cope with the pressures of 21st century life.
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