Ireland's leading Montessori school for pupils aged 2 - 8 based in the heart of Ballsbridge
Years in Operation
Number of Pupils
Number of Schools
Net Promoter Score
Number of Graduates
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 and pick up from local schools.
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 sleep areas, large classrooms.
We have places available for children aged 2 up to 7 in either the Assistants to Infancy Programme or our 3 to 6 Montessori classrooms. For older children, we teach the Junior and Senior Infants Irish Primary School Curriculum through the lens of Montessori.
ECCE & Flexible Payment Options
Fully funded places are available on the Free Childcare Scheme for children from 2yrs and 8 months for a maximum of 2 years. Once the ECCE Scheme funding ends, children can remain in school up to the age of 6 or 7 at which point they can transfer to our Dún Laoghaire school.
Located next door to St. Vincent’s Hospital and with easy access to the Merrion Road and the DART at Sydney Parade.
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.
The St. Nicholas Montessori College is well known for training teachers with a speciality in additional learning needs, indeed this is recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland such that graduates of the College are recognised by the Teaching Council for the purposes of working in national schools as learning support teachers.
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. Maria Montessori wrote of a child’s religious development as follows:
“We know therefore that a sense of God exists in the heart of the child, it is not conscious but it is there and it cannot be lost, though it may be obstructed and distorted. It is something that has to grow, and it grows slowly, the important thing is not to interfere, for the plant will not flower if the buds are broken by clumsy, impatient handling.”
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.
Doctrinal instruction, for example Roman Catholic preparation for the sacraments, does not take place during school hours but is available in an after-school setting to those parents who desire it. Instruction in other religious doctrines can also be facilitated in the same way. There is never any question of any child, teacher or parent being forced to attend religious instruction of any kind or of being made feel inadequate by being required to sit out while other children are so instructed.
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.
At St. Nicholas Merrion we have an Infants' 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 Sensory Garden where they can enjoy outdoor play designed to engage and develop their five senses. Older children have access to local sports facilities and parks. The whole school community avails of the many amenities that the Merrion and Ballsbridge areas have to offer.
Who Are We?
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.
Get in Touch
BECOME A PUPIL AT ST NICHOLAS MONTESSORI SCHOOL
Please contact our Admission Office on email@example.com who will be happy to arrange this for you.