Cashelard, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal



What is the difference between Montessori and other types of preschool education?

Montessori emphasises learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning.

What age does Montessori serve here at Footprints?

2.5 years to 6 years of age.

Can I drop my child earlier than the 9am start for Montessori?

Yes Kay can facilitate parents on this, please contact to discuss further

Is Footprints part of the ECCE scheme?

Yes Footprints Montessori is taking part in the ECCE Government Pre-School Scheme from September 2011. The Early Childhood Care & Education Scheme (ECCE) provides one year “free” Pre-school education to every child in Ireland aged between 3 years 2 months and 4 years 6 months on 1st September each year. The scheme runs for 38 weeks in the year.

To qualify for ECCE scheme in September 2016 children born on or between 2nd Feb 2012 – 30th June 2013 will qualify.


Can my child attend Footprints on a part-time basis?

Yes, children can attend two or three days per week.

 Does Footprints offer Easter/Summer Camps?

Yes, Footprints will be offering Easter and Summer Camps.

Does Footprints offer outdoor trips throughout the year?

Yes, example would be a visit to Patton´s Egg Farm, The Beach, Nature Walks, Local Play Activity Centre and lots more to come.

Do we have a Christmas Play at Footprints?

Yes check out our slide show to see our Little Stars in the making throughout the year!

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Our son Seán enjoyed every day at Footprints Montessori, Cashelard.  Kay, Edel and all the staff were always very caring and attentive to Seán’s needs.  The facilities available are outstanding including excellent outdoor space with tree houses ; sensory garden that Seán loved very much.  Seán attended in a part-time capacity to begin and followed on to his full time pre-school year.  Seán learned so much during his time at footprints – I could see this every day when he came home with drawings, crafts or stories from ‘circle time’.  I was amazed at the work completed in his ‘workbook’ which we received at the end of the year. Also the personal development plans/exercises completed for Seán by Kay and her staff throughout the year.  It is obvious that time effort was put into each individual child’s development.  Seán made so many friends at Footprints. We were happy he was in a safe friendly environment.  I would highly recommend Footprints Montessori. …
Lesley and John Paul McCaffrey