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East Cork Niamh Fogarty Montessori pre-school photo

Niamh Fogarty operates two Montesorri pre-schools in East Cork (one in Churchtown South and one in Ballinacurra). As well as being Montessori based all pre-schools follow the Aistear & Siolta curriculum.
These pre-schools are a great place for children to learn and meet friends as well as a fantastic resource for parents. They operate the ECCE scheme (3 hours per session) and also do extra classes such as Zoom Boom, yoga, free play, lego, arts&crafts, music.

Churchtown South Montessori

Churchtown South Montessori pre-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.

The school consists of two indoor classrooms, one outdoor class room and three outdoor play areas.

East Cork Niamh Fogarty Montessori pre-school photo
East Cork Niamh Fogarty Montessori pre-school photo

Rainbow Montessori Ballinacurra

Rainbow Montessori pre-school is in Ballinacurra Midleton and is a long established Montessori school. Here we offer both morning and afternoon sessions.

The school consists of one large indoor classrooms, one outdoor class room.

Coming Soon

We are very excited about the new outdoor classroom which is coming to Rainbow Montessori in Ballinacurra. This will give the children a large outdoor space (approx 1/2 acre) to play and explore in.


All staff are highly trained and extremely motivated to provide the best care for your children.

We offer the highest standard of Montessori Education to each child.

East Cork Niamh Fogarty Montessori pre-school 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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