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. Sandra Melis is the second Montessori teacher in our classroom. Sandra has a AMI Montessori Diploma , level 7 and has over 20 years experience also.

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

The Leadership for Inclusiion 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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Very grateful to have such a fantastic Montessori in our area.Kay and her staff are brilliant and you can see how much they enjoy their work and it shines through in the children.Each morning our little girl eagerly awaits to get in without hesitation, this was the same for our little boy when he went there.The outdoor play are is great, an extension to the classroom where the children happily learn and play together.We appreciate all the beautiful arts and crafts that is put in for all the different celebrations throughout the year. They mark each occasion in such a fun way for the children and the atmosphere is fantastic as you just know they ave had the best morning. We would highly recommend Footprints Montessori and wish you continued success. Fiona McMurray
Fiona McMurray