We are thrilled to celebrate our “Casa Dei Bambini’ Outdoor Montessori Schools & Gardens launched by The Minister for Education, Norma Foley T.D. on June 2nd , 2023. Mounthawk Montessori School , 086-8153757 & Maureen’s Childcare
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I am excited and honoured to bring our Innovative Reggio Emilia Inspired Practice to our Montessori Schools in County Kerry through our Casa Dei Bambini, Outdoor Montessori Schools & Gardens. I was selected as one of only 24 Delegates included to represent Ireland at Reggio Children, Reggio Emilia, in Italy. Our Irish delegation was included amongst 406 International delegates from 27 countries across the 5 continents. Organised by Early Childhood Ireland and funded through National Pyjama Day, we were included within the global gathering from April 17th to 21st, the first such event hosted at Reggio Emilia, Italy, since Covid 19 struck. It was a moving and emotional gathering in a magical and inspirational city with a cohort of inspirational people. Malaguzzi says #NothingWithoutJoy and this was an opportunity full of inspiration, awakening of endless possibilities, a deep hope for the possibilities for the future and profound joy.
As Director and Founder of the Mounthawk Montessori School Group , amongst Irish Early Years Professionals and interested sectoral stakeholders and policy makers; our experiences in Italy have brought nothing but inspiration to us .We now look to the future and at how we can merge the best of Reggio Emilia with the best of Aistear, The Early Years Curriculum Framework and Síolta , Quality Framework, in our Montessori Schools, at home in Ireland. On my visits to the Reggio Emilia Early Years environments, abending workshops, conferences, and Ateliers, I found that there was a palpable sense and aura of calm at Reggio Emilia. Within the educational contexts and settings, Children and adults were allowed time space and opportunity to engage in their experiences and projects. There was a feeling of collegiality from the arrival at the settings, until one departed. This has continued at home, within our schools through our Community of Practice, where the generosity of spirit and sharing of Reggio Inspired practice is vibrant. We are Healthy Ireland Smart Start Pre-schools and The Department of Education has awarded us Excellent in all 4 areas, in their Inspection and Assessment of our Early Years Curriculum In Mounthawk & Maureen’s. We have been announced by the All-Ireland Business Foundation as the All-Ireland Montessori School of the Year for the 3rd Year in A Row. We are proud and honoured to share best practice with our children and families through the high-quality early year’s education provided by our teachers in our schools.
For Further Information please contact Susan Quirke-Crowley, 086-8153757 & Helena Wallace Dowling 066-7189964