Hopes & Dreams, Montessori School and Day Nursery Telephone: 071-9144085 Cartron Heights & Cartron Village, Sligo.


The Montessori classroom is an ordered, secure environment prepared by the Directress to meet the individual and group needs of each child under her care. The Teacher is referred to as the “Directress”, rather than “Teacher”, as her role is essentially one of guiding and directing the children in their learning.  Provision of a relaxed, secure atmosphere in the realisation that a child’s real learning takes place most effectively when his / her personal development is looked after and where he / she is happy, comfortable and content.



Children in this room are offered the basic Montessori material, which are introduced to the children by a fully qualified Montessori Teacher. These materials give the children an introduction to Practical Life, Sensorial, Moths and Language and lay the foundations for reading and writing.  The children also experience drama  and dance which helps emphasis their creative sides. Dr. Maria Montessori devised a system of education based on her observations and understandings of the child as they are and not how adults imagine them to be. Fundamental to the Montessori approach was a great respect for the child as an individual. The materials are specifically designed to meet the basic needs of the child as an individual. Montessori education offers a structural system that allows the child to develop at his / her own pace using his / her own abilities with the guidance of the teacher and the use of specially designed teaching materials. The child gradually builds up a strong sense of independence and self-confidence as their skills increase. The method is built on the child’s love of learning and instills a life long motivation with continuous learning and prepares them to fit into any situation and to move on to primary education with confidence and an all round education. Children are introduced to the first steps of reading, writing, number work, nature study, geography, handcrafts, music and movement as well as cookery. The activities are arranged on low shelving units within reach of even the smallest children. They may work uninterrupted, for long periods of time at tables or on small mats on the floor where they are naturally comfortable. The pace is unhurried and although the curriculum is structured, each child moves through it at his/her own pace.




Please call 071 44085/087 2231147 to arrange visits which are by prior appointment only. This enables a senior member of staff to spend adequate time to discuss any issues. To settle children into the nursery, parents are advised to make one visit for a period of ½ hour prior to the child’s starting date to introduce them to their new environment, staff and other children. Parents are requested not to stay with the child longer than 10 minutes following admission to enable them to settle in as speedily as possible.



Parents are invited to the Montessori during the year for parent / staff meetings to discuss their child’s progress with the child’s key worker / teachers. We also give the parents regular news letters, to keep the parents fully informed on up to date issues. We welcome parent participation. If you have a skill that you would like to share with the school, please let us know ... i.e. storytelling, music, art, dance, gardening, sports, research, etc.



The activities include the following:



The “Practical Life“area teaches the child to care for themselves and their environment. They learn to dress themselves using the dressing frames (zip, poppers, buttons, bows, buckle and laces.) How to pour water from one jug to another, without spilling any, to wash a table, polish a mirror, sweep the floor and wash their hands properly among other things. They help children to grow in self-knowledge, independence, and understanding of the environment, develop fine motor skills and perfection of movement. Also helps to develop a sense responsibility, helpfulness, orderliness and concentration. Grace and courtesy exercises are followed to encourage polite and good manners at an early age i.e. saying “please” “thank you “ “excuse me please” “may I join you” and" can I help you” develop a sense of well being security and usefulness.



These activities are designed to refine the five senses and help guide the children in learning to discriminate, classify and compare.  The child begins to understand the world he /she live in.  This gradually leads to the formation of concepts - heights, lengths, weights, colour, sounds, smells, temperatures, shapes and textures. This helps the child’s understanding and language.



Since young children have a phenomenal ability to absorb language, every effort is made to give each child as much and as precise a vocabulary as possible. The process of absorbing, assimilating and expressing is encouraged whether individually or in groups and is a very important part of the Montessori curriculum.

Sandpaper letters are used to introduce the sounds of the alphabet to the child when he / she are ready. Each child works at his /her own pace and gradually through practice, develops pre-writing, pre-reading, communication skills, reading, writing and listening skills on a daily basis.

The child’s hands are prepared for writing by using the various sensorial teaching materials then later they learn to control the pencil by tracing different letters, shapes and eventually they will learn to write independently.

Muscular skill is developed by use of the pencil and the knowledge of the letters by feeling the sandpaper letters. The child learns the letters through the senses talking, listening, touch and sight. By using these letters they learn the phonetic sounds and gain a muscular memory of them through touch as a preparation for writing. Later they will build words using the “movable alphabet” as a preparation for reading. The child is given plenty of opportunity to write the letters, words and sentences as they learn them, and have a variety of reading materials to choose from. This helps build the child’s confidence, articulation, and good co ordination and will lay foundations for academic learning.



Globes, maps, flags, land and water forms and country / continent topics all introduce the child to the idea that he or she lives in a wide and wonderful world.

Children learn about their local environment, the area they live in, different countries in the world, nationalities, races and cultures.



Math materials are designed to give the child a sound understanding of numbers and their relationships. An idea is always introduced in a simple and sensorial way so that the child can see, hold and feel a number or concept. Gradually the child is led to an abstract understanding. The decimal system is the basis for our number system; therefore a thorough knowledge of the numbers (the written number and quantity represented by that number) is necessary.  By giving the child objects to hold, count and manipulate, he builds up his concept of numbers and is later able to learn the fundamentals of simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, squares, cubes, tables, fractions, etc.  By using Montessori materials the facts are understood rather than simply memorised.



Following the child’s spontaneous interest and wonder, simple science experiments, the basic laws of light, gravity, sound, magnetism and simple electrics are explored with the children.



The classroom has a nature table and children are welcome to add to this themselves. The “classified cards” will help the child to learn and recognise the different parts of flowers, animals, themselves etc. Books about nature and group discussions will help kindle the child’s interest of this vast subject. Basic science activities such as growing things, learning about the senses, objects that float / sink are all part of the weekly program.



Rhythm instruments, singing and movement help to promote an appreciation for music, develop large motor co ordination and prepare the child for any further pursuit in musical training.




Painting, drawing, stencilling, collage and simple sewing are available. Children have the opportunity to partake in art / craft activity sessions which give them time to present, make simple objects, cards, models etc.



Next to you, your child’s first teacher(s) play the strongest role in fostering an early and lasting love of learning.

All staff are chosen very selectively for their genuine love of children and are trained to create a caring, stimulating and happy environment for children in their formative years. All staff have a professional qualification in Child Care / Education. High staff ratios are always maintained in accordance with regulation.


Staff in Unit 4 Cartron Village:

Montessori Room:

Owner/Private Provider: Caroline Casey

Caroline has a degree in Early Childhood Care and Education along with a Diploma in Montessori Teaching from 0-12 Years from St. Nicholas College. Caroline also has First Aid.

Teacher: Fiona Boyle:

Fiona has an Honours Degree in early childhood care and education along with FETAC level 6 in Montessori Teaching. Fiona also has First Aid.


Staff in 29 Cartron Heights:

Montessori Room:

Manager: Gabrielle O Mahony

Gabrielle has Fetac level 6 in Supervision in Childcare along with First Aid Equality and Diversity and Child Protection. Gabrielle is currently studying AIM

Teacher: Suin McGloin

Suin has a degree in Early Childhood Care and Education along with Fetac level 5.

Montessori Teacher: Lorna Bonney

Lorna has a Diploma in Montessori Teaching from 3-6 Years from Portobello.

Teacher: Fiona Boyle:

Fiona has an Honours Degree in early childhood care and education along with FETAC level 6 in Montessori Teaching. Fiona also has First Aid.

Childcare Assistant/SNA: Aideen Nealis

Aideen has Fetac level 5 and is currently studying Fetac level 6 with Montessori. Aideen also has First Aid and Equality and Diversity.



Parents need to send a packed snack for their child. Food is served in a pleasant relaxed atmosphere, so that meals become a social learning experience.




From 9.00am - 12.00pm 2.5 - 5 years €75.00 weekly or if eligible free pre- school places


The Montessori School in Cartron Village can cater for 15 children at any one time. The ratio is 1:11 in the sessional service.

From 8.30 – 5.30 1- 5 years €155.00 weekly

The Montessori and Day Nursery in Cartron Heights can cater for 22 children in the Montessori Rom and 6 children in the Toddler Room.






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