We offer all children a loving homely, warm safe setting that’s responsive to each child's
interests and sensitive to their individual needs.Our Approach and belief are that every child is a
unique and special individual.
We also work to National Frameworks and offer children in our care the opportunity of a
Montessori Education and the option of Naíonra. Please read below for more information.
Our Staff are fully trained and qualified, providing care, attention, and devotion to the well-being of each and every child in our care.
Our crèches become a home from home where your child can enjoy themselves whilst learning and developing and growing their skills expressing themselves and make new friends in a warm, welcoming environment.
We focus on each child’s individual interests and needs and support them as they investigate the world in their special way.
We follow the National Frameworks for Childhood Curriculum & Education and implement the frameworks into our service. We promote fun and learning through play because we know that fun is at the heart of promoting your children's emotional, social, physical and cognitive well-being.
Aistear is the new early childhood curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. Because early childhood marks the beginning of children's lifelong learning journeys, this framework is called Aistear, the Irish word for journey
Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education, was developed by the Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills.
This system of education is both a philosophy of child development and a
rationale for guiding such growth. It is based on two important developmental needs of children.
The need for freedom within limits.
A carefully prepared environment which guarantees exposure to materials and experiences.
The Montessori method of education is designed to take full advantage of the children’s desire to learn and their unique ability to develop their own capabilities.
All children want to learn. With the freedom to investigate the world
around them, they will become active learners.
In the Montessori environment, children have the freedom (within limits)
to choose their own activities. With this freedom of choice, children will become
enthusiastic learners and this will aid them to develop self-discipline
The Montessori environment is child-cantered. Children progress at their own pace. Lessons are given on individual basis or in small groups. This enables the teacher to discover more about each individual child and their inner development. Children develop best in a caring environment where they are allowed to express themselves and when learning experiences interest them and are part of their world.
The Montessori environment is a nourishing place for children. It is designed to meet the child’s need for self-construction. The environment is responsive to the continually changing needs of the growing child. Expression is encouraged through art/craft and drama.
A positive self-concept is the foundation for learning success.
The child’s self esteem is central to Montessori education. At Townsend Montessori, we believe in providing an all round learning environment which will help the child to develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally.
A Naíonra is a playgroup for children who come together daily (usually for 2-3.5 hours) in a pleasant, cheerful and safe environment, under the guidance and supervision of a Naíonra Leader. The Naíonra is run solely through the medium of Irish using the internationally renowned total early immersion model. Studies have shown that there are added benefits to the development of the child through using immersion models that include linguistic benefits, cognitive benefits, academic benefits, literacy benefits, self-esteem benefits, and benefits accruing from secure identity to name a few. The staff structures the environment to ensure that all facets of the child's holistic development are catered for while giving the child the opportunity to acquire Irish naturally through the medium of play, which is this particular age group's chief method of learning.
The Naíonraí enables children to acquire Irish as distinct from teaching them in the traditional manner.
Children hear Irish being spoken at all times by the Stiúrthóir Naíonraí (Naíonraí Leader). This method is known as Early Immersion Education (Luath-thumoideachas). With early immersion, the child learns through a second language (in this case Irish). The Stiúrthóir understands everything the child says in his first language but answers him in the second language while also providing him with the necessary vocabulary in the second language.
The child will begin to use Irish when he is ready to do so, each child at his own pace.
“Immersion education is regarded by many as the most effective means of learning a second language. Most immersion students can be expected to reach higher levels of second language proficiency than students in other school-based language programmes.” (Met, 1998)
“From the standpoint of academic achievement, over three decades of studies consistently show that immersion students achieve as well as, or better than, non-immersion peers on standardized measures of verbal and mathematics skills administered in English.” (Cloud, Genesee & Hamayan, 2000; Genesee, 1987)
A higher competency level is achievable in both languages for students undertaking bilingual education. This enables wider communication throughout regional and cultural groups.