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 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
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