At The Montessori Story, we adopt an open minded and diverse approach to ensuring each child’s learning style is catered for and thus they are enabled to achieve their own unique potential. Our curriculum is based on the principles and philosophies of Maria Montessori, in conjunction with Aistear, The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework and Síolta, Ireland’s National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education. To learn a little more about Aistear & Síolta please read on...
Aistear is the early childhood curriculum framework for children from birth up to the age of six years. Early childhood marks the beginning of children’s lifelong learning journeys. Ireland's early childhood curriculum framework is called Aistear (Irish word for journey). Aistear outlines the types of learning that are important for children during early childhood and provides practical ideas and suggestions as to how this learning may be nurtured. The Curriculum framework also provides guidelines on supporting children’s learning through play, interactions, assessment and partnerships with parents.
If you are interested in learning more about Aistear please click here
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. It was published in 2006. Síolta is designed to define, assess and support the improvement of quality across all aspects of practice in early childhood care and education (ECCE) settings where children aged from birth to six years are present.
Further information on Síolta can be found at: http://siolta.ie/
Children with Extra Needs
At The Montessori Story we strive to include children of all abilities and differing stages of development. We are happy to and encourage the involvement of assistants for those children who require specific help or need one-to-one attention, and have done so down through the years, working closely with Enable Ireland, and most recently with the new AIM (Access and Inclusion Model).
From our experience, the benefits children reap from early intervention are invaluable. As this is the starting point for most children in a formal educational setting outside of the home, it can often be the first time extra needs are identified. This may be the beginning of early intervention for a certain aspect of development – physical, intellectual, linguistic, social or emotional. As a parent this can be daunting. Should your child require extra help, we would like to reassure you that we do our best to provide you with as much support as possible, take the fear out of the unknown and focus on helping your child in the way he or she needs it most.
Information is key as it allows us to figure out the best approach to take in any given situation. It is for this reason that we may, after much parental involvement, discussion and permission, suggest a referral for an Assessment of Need with Enable Ireland or AIM. Each child is unique and will be treated accordingly. Please find information on AIM below.
Access and Inclusion Model (AIM)
The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a programme of supports designed to ensure that children with challenges and/or disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme in mainstream pre-school settings and can participate fully in the pre-school curriculum alongside their peers. AIM is a child centred model of supports, involving seven levels of progressive support, moving from the universal to the targeted, based on the needs of the child and the pre-school setting. The model is designed to be responsive to the needs of each individual child in the context of their pre-school setting. It will offer tailored, practical supports based on need and will not require a formal diagnosis of disability.
For further information on AIM and its benefits please click here
Do you have a child starting pre-school or primary school in September ?
If you do, you may find these resources helpful. Included are some NPC resources which we have developed to support you and your child through the transition from their early years’ service to primary school.
Also below you will find a link to a Mo Scéal template, which has been developed for parents by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) to fill in to share information with your child’s new pre-school or primary school. Mo Scéal means "My Story" in Irish.
If you have any questions about these resources or any aspects of your child’s pre-school or primary school education you can contact our parent Helpline by telephone Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm Tel: 01 8874477 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Who’s who in your child’s primary school: https://www.npc.ie/images/uploads/downloads/Whos_Who_144_x_301.pdf
Supporting your child’s transition from Pre-school to Primary School: https://www.npc.ie/images/uploads/downloads/HINTS__TIPS_8PP-am.pdf
Links to Mo Scéal templates in English:
Moving to Pre-School: http://bit.ly/MoScealPreSchool
Moving to Primary School: http://bit.ly/MoScealPrimarySchool
Links to Mo Scéal templates in Irish:
Ag aistriú ar an réamhscoil: http://bit.ly/MoScealReamhscoil
Ag aistriú go dtí an bhunscoil: http://bit.ly/MoScealBhunscoil
Song/Video: Cocomelon: First Day of School:
Lucy’s First Day at School, TV program Sixth Sense/C Beebies
A busy Day at School Sixth Sense/ CBeebies:
Aistear Siolta Practise Guide: Transitions - Aistear Siolta
Flying Start: Preparing for Big School Video:
Flying Start: Parent resource_Helping child to prepare during the summer months
Cartoon/Song : Finny’s (the shark) First Day of School
The newly launched gov.ie resource Let’s Get Ready developed by DCYA and DES in partnership with Better Start and others. Let’s Get Ready focuses on children's transitions to pre-school and school. It includes a reminder on My Little Library and useful information on the new free school books scheme for primary school children. The Let’s Get Ready website includes guidance for parents on practical steps they can take to support their children over the coming months. It also includes tips on what children and parents can expect on their transition or return to pre-school and primary school. Click here
Supporting your Child's Transition to Primary School - A resource Guide for Parents, developed by Better Start which contains practical ideas to help parents to plan and prepare for their child to start school. Please see attached document: Click here
Supporting your Child's Transition':
First 5 is a whole-of-Government strategy to improve the lives of babies, young children and their families. It is a ten-year plan to help make sure all children have positive early experiences and get a great start in life. To find out more please visit: https://first5.gov.ie/