We opened our Preschool in 2014 and we are located in the newly refurbished Parish Centre of St. Matthias’ Church on Church Road in Killiney, Co. Dublin. Over the past three years we have extended and now run 3 full classes in the morning and 1 class in the afternoon. September 2018 we opened our new Afterschool Club and now have almost 90 children attending the school.
We are open from Monday to Friday and we run both an ECCE and privately paid session from 9am -12.30pm and an afternoon ECCE session from 1.30pm - 4.30pm. Breakfast club is run from 8am - 9am and lunch club from 12.30pm - 3.00pm. Afterschool pick-ups from local schools are at 1.30 and 2.30 until 6pm. Full-time hours 8am - 6pm.
Our mission is to provide a creative, interesting and enjoyable place for preschool children to learn in at their own pace.
By combining Montessori with play-based activities it allows children the freedom to choose what they learn and how they learn.
We are now registered with the National Childcare Scheme for those wishing to avail of childcare subsidies.
Eve Berea - Owner / Manager
I grew up in Blackrock and I am married with 2 young children. I enjoy cooking, arts & crafts and the odd bit of bargain hunting in my freetime.
After leaving school I worked in the retail sector in various managerial positions for 6 years but felt that it wasn’t the right career for me.
I decided to retrain as a Montessori teacher in 2003 having worked for many families with young children over the years and really enjoying it.
I completed a B.A. in Humanities in Montessori Education in St. Nicholas Montessori College in 2006. I have also undertaken various Special Needs training courses over the past few years.
I am Garda Vetted and First Aid trained also.
Since graduating, I have worked in Montessori schools, Primary schools, an International school and as a Special Needs teacher.
I decided to open Ballybrack/Killiney Montessori Preschool in 2014 as I had always dreamt of opening my own school. I love teaching the younger age group and seeing them grow and learn new things each day.
Jill - Deputy Manager / Montessori Teacher
Hi, my name is Jill. I've been a Montessori teacher for twelve years and I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Humanities in Montessori Education from St. Nicholas Montessori College. I absolutely love working with children, and I love meeting all the new little faces each September. My favourite activities to do with the children are teaching them new songs and rhymes, having a good old disco and generally just having fun- that's what learning should be all about!
Lisa - Montessori Teacher & Afterschool Club
Hi my name is Lisa and I have been a Montessori teacher for the last 4 years. I obtained a diploma in Special Needs and then continued on to Portobello College where I studied Montessori teaching. I also studied Spanish and have a huge love for languages which i would like to incorporate into the classroom. I love working with the children especially as no day is ever the same... watching them explore with the Montessori work is my favourite part. I do a lot of Zumba dance classes and love dancing around and playing with the children. "Play is the work of the child " Maria Montessori.
Tina - Montessori Teacher
My name is Tina, I’m a Mum to two little ones, ages 5 and 7. At home and in school, I’m fully involved in the world of childhood! I have a Higher Diploma in Arts in Montessori Education from St Nicholas Montessori College and this year I attained Fetac Level 5 Special Needs Assisting and Children with Additional Needs.
I previously worked as a Flight Attendant for many years and have a passion for travel so I love Geography and exploring world geography with the children through the lovely Montessori materials in the classroom. I also love children’s literature and a dream of mine would be to write a children’s book some day and even get it published!
Working with children is amazing, watching them absorb new information and sensations as they develop and learn is fascinating, so rewarding and lots of fun. I particularly love watching imaginary play and getting involved myself! My interests include walks on the beach, nature, gardening, drama (was previously involved in an amateur dramatic society), singing, music, vintage jewellery and clothes.
Iona - Montessori Teacher
Hi, my name is Iona and I'm originally from Scotland. I have a Ba primary education studies and a masters in autism. I enjoy working with kids because I love watching their wonder as they grow up and learn about the world. It's immensely satisfying to be a part of that journey. I really like dancing and running around with kids too! My experience working with children with additional needs has taught me how to be patient and supportive. These skills which help me in all walks of life, especially in the classroom. I love Lego, playing hockey and my dog Petra.
Stephanie - Montessori Teacher
Hi, my name is Stephanie. In 2014, I gained a BA in Irish Studies from TCD and I recently graduated from St. Nicholas Montessori College with a Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Years’ Montessori Education. I have lots of experience working with children. I have previously taught singing, dancing and gymnastics and I spent the last six years working part time with children in an art studio.
I love incorporating art, music and movement into the classroom. I love the fact that children aren’t afraid to be creative. I enjoy teaching them songs and rhymes and reading stories with them. I also love listening to their observations about the world. I get such a laugh out of the stories and comments that they come out with.
My favourite things to do are singing, running, reading, cooking and drinking coffee. I also love spending time with my family, friends and my two little dogs Bella and Daisy.
Fiona - Montessori Teacher & Afterschool Club
My name is Fiona. I am a mum of two children, aged 6 and 11. For the past 9 years I have worked as a home-based childminder, catering for children aged 6 months to 10 years. Prior to this, I was a manager at ELI (Early Language intervention). This was a pre-school which catered for children with a language delay. I am fluent in sign language with experience in Pecs and ABA. For me, the benefits of working in the childcare sector is endless, but the most enjoyable part is being able to cherish and nurture each child’s capabilities while continuing to promote their overall development. In my spare time, I enjoy going for a long run and have completed two marathons. I also enjoy walking my dog, swimming and occasionally cake decorating!!
Adrian Berea - Chef
Adrian is our resident Chef cooking up delicious, nutritious fresh meals for the children each day. Check out our full menus and Breakfast and Lunch Club price list.
Lauren Reid - Montessori Teacher & Afterschool Club
My name is Lauren Reid I’m 27 year old local lady, I am a mother of one little boy. I made the move to childcare after a career in hairdressing. I am in childcare 2 and a half years and love it!