About Us

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Ballycotton Montessori school was opened in September 2003 by Niamh Fogarty. Niamh is a fully trained AMI Montessori teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience (In Dublin, Ballycotton, Churchtown South and Ballinacurra). She also worked with St Vincent De Paul every weekend in Dublin for three years working with children aged between four and twelve, using Montessori method.

Ballycotton Montessori school was opened in September 2003, it is adjoined to Scoil Realt na Mara National School. Churchtown South Montessori school was opened in September 2010. The school is situated in Churchtown South's old national school, which has a beautiful scenic environment for children to explore on the large enclosed site. We took over Rainbow Montessori school in Ballinacurra Midleton which is a long established Montessori school. Here we offer both morning and afternoon sessions.


Niamh Fogarty is the head teacher in Ballycotton and she works with Clodagh Walsh, Anita Ring and Liz O'Brien.

Ruth Costine is the head teacher in Churchtown South and she works with Janett Murray and Yvonne.

Elma Kenny is the head teacher in Rainbow Montessori Ballinacurra and she works with Rosemary Tait, Pamela Codd, Mary Moakley, Kathleen Forest, and Steph Northridge.

We run all three schools on the same programme and offer the highest standard of Montessori Education to every child.

Niamh Fogarty Montessori photo

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all schools using the name 'Montessori' the same?

As there is no copyright of the name Montessori, it may be used by anyone. However, the educational standards, teacher training and materials may vary widely. The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) was founded in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori to protect the integrity of her work and to maintain standards, propogate and further ideas and principles for the full development of the human being. AMI authorises training courses all over the world. Although Montessori schools may differ from one another, from place to place and from culture to culture, the schools run by AMI diploma holders operate on the same true Montessori philosophical principles.

What should I look for in a Montessori classroom?

A Montessori classroom should consist of mixed age children in 3 year spans 0-3, 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12. The children are free to move about while pursuing disciplined axtivity either individually or in small groups. The classroom is specially prepared for the child to help promote his/her independance.
The four main curriculum areas are Practical Life activities, which reiiect every day life (care of oneself, others and the environment) Sensorial Materials which give the child a chance to explore and experience the physical properties of our world using his senses (touching, seeing, tasting, smelling and listening). Language Development is vital to human development therefore a Montessori classroom should be rich in oral language such as poetry, stones, songs and conversations. The sandpaper letters help the child to relate the symbols for the sounds that he knows which will encourage the development of written expression and reading skills. Mathematical activities help the children learn and understand the concepts of mathematics by manipulating concrete materials which will give the child a sound understanding of the basic mathematical principles. These activities will prepare him/her for later abstract reasoning and help develop problem solving capabilities.

How does this kind of teaching prepare children for traditional schools?

With their confidence, enthusiasm and skills, Montessori children can adapt to anything. The children's curiosity and love of learning is being developed in a positive way.

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