Cashelard, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal


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 overstate our appreciation of this great school and excellent teachers. We would highly recommend Footprints Montessori for anyone who wants to give their child the best educational start possible. Thank you Kay and staff for helping Lucia flourish over the past two years We know she will always have fond memories of the time spent there and she really considered your school a home from home.

David and Teresina Mitchell

2016 Testominal

I can´t rate this Montessori highly enough, my son used to cry when the weekends came, he missed Kay and his new pals so much. The variety of activities is second to none and really brought the creative side out in my son, he now can sit for more than two minutes. Well done to Kay and staff and I know there will be tears when we leave.


Lisa Holland

We have found Footprints to be an excellent Montessori. Our son is very happy there and has settled in very well. Management and Staff are lovely and very competent. They have a wide range of educational activities which helped with our sons development and in building his confidence.


Aisling Hoey

Footprints Montessori is a friendly and fun athmosphere.Kay and her staff are helpful,accomaditve and so flexible to suit all parents and children’s needs. My daughter has enjoyed every minute, not wanting to miss a day.She has had great fun on a day trip to Pattons Egg Farm,taking part in the Christmas Nativity play and baking on a weekly basis. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Kay and staff all the best for the future.


Lynda Coady

My son has blossomed since starting at Footprints Montessori under the care and guidance of Kay and her staff. They have become important people in his life and he loves going to `Kay´s House´ to meet all his friends, play, have fun and learn lots of new things! Kay and her team have helped my son enormously with his speech and language skills, social skills and generally learning more about the world around him. I attribute this to the dedication, care and attention given especially by Kay and her team to my son during these important pre-school years.

Siobhan White

My daughter Grace attends Footprints Montessori Preschool and I can truly say it has made a very positive difference to her development. She has so much fun with all the different tasks they carry out each day and she has such a sense of pride in everything she does. She talks about all her friends and her teachers;Kay,Donna and Orla at home all the time.Kay and the girls are very professional but also kind,loving and attentive and Grace loves all three of them. When I leave her at school in the morning I feel re-assured that she is in a safe and happy environment.

Alison Dolan

“Our daughter is currently in her second year at Footprints Montessori and loves every minute of her  time there. This is a testament to the hard work and professionalism  of Kay and her staff. We have watched Lilianna develop socially and academically in an environment which is caring, stimulating and educationally rich. Thank you for providing her with a strong foundation as she begins her journey in  education.

Tommy and Margaret Geraghty

It could not be possible for me to overstate my appreciation for this great Montessori school. Holly loved her time spent here so much. Kay and her wonderful staff are remarkable, they apply a fantastic fun filled yet structured atmosphere on a daily basis. I feel Holly has excelled while at footprints and she will go ahead into big school emotionally and academically ready because of her time here. We leave with wonderful memories. As someone once said to me ”  You cannot put a price on your child being happy and safe.

Michaela Cunningham

Callie has been attending Footprints Montessori full time since September 2015 and has loved every minute of it. Since starting she has come on leaps and bounds in every aspect of her development and even looks forward to go to school at weekends!! She will miss Kay, Edel and Esther but I am confident she will settle in well into junior infants and this is all down to Kay and her staff. She will bring everything she has learned from the past year with her.

Many thanks for making Callie’s first taste of school experience a very enjoyable one.

Alice Donagher

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.

Thanks again so much for everything you did for Seán, He really loved going to school every day.

Lesley and John Paul McCaffrey


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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
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