Cashelard, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal

About Footprints

Footprints Montessori preschool was established in 2010 by Kay Donagher. Kay has over twenty years experience working with children both in a Montessori and childcare setting and has managed a Montessori School from 2.5 years to 9 years in Dublin.  Kay has Diplomas in Montessori Teaching and Crèche Management, Certificates in Childcare and Nursery Nursing and Train the Trainer, an up to date First Aid Certificate and Child Protection. Kay continually updates her knowledge and skills through courses with the Donegal County Childcare, IPPA and NCNA such as Aistear and Siolta.

In 2017 Kay studied the leadership for inclusion, ( linc programme)

The Leadership for Inclusion in  the Early years programme is a level 6  special purpose award (higher education) to enable Early Years Educators to perform the role of Inclusion Co-ordinator.

At Footprints children develop their senses, independence and confidence, concentration, fine motor skills, social awareness, preparation for reading and writing, learn about the world around them and much more.

Our highly-qualified staff work with you in guiding the intellectual, emotional and physical development of your child. In the classroom teachers help children develop habits, attitudes, skills and ideas that will lead them to a lifetime of creative thinking and discovery.

All our staff are Garda-vetted and have up-to-date First-Aid and Child Protection Certificates.

The children not only receive the finest preschool education, but we also enable the children to glide into the school system with confidence, excellent social and learning skills and respect for their environment.  Footprints is a member of the NCNA/IPPA Registered with the HSE and Donegal County Childcare.

We also follow the Siolta and Aistear Early Childhood programme. Aistear is the new curriculum framework for children from birth to six years introduced in October 2009.

Footprints Montessori operates an open door policy, pop in anytime for a look around our school.

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Our daughter Lucia joined Footprints Montessori in September 2014 on a part time basis. From the moment we entered the school we knew that Lucia would be cared for in as warm a manner as any parent could wish for. Kay, who owns the school displayed nothing but kindness and support to our daughter each day.We are so impressed at the ability of Kay and her staff to nurture a love of learning in a happy,child centred environment. We are amazed at how much Lucia has progressed both academically and socially,and how independent she has become during her time in Footprints. The classroom environment is tailor made in every way for “little learners” to plot their own course towards achieving milestones that Kay plans out for them. The garden playground is a fantastic facility and the Christmas concert,,Pyjama days and beach trips and seasonally themed parties all contribute towards creating a rich and varied school experience for children and parents alike. It would not be possible for us to … Read more
2016 Testominal