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  • “The hand is the instrument of the brain” – Sinead Matson

    Posted by Administrator on November 20, 2014


    Sinead Matson is one of the Administrators of Montessori Alliance and this blog was written by her 3 and a half weeks post op.

    On October 16th I woke up to a seizure.  An ambulance was called and I was admitted to hospital.  In the space of a few hours I had three more seizures.  One CAT scan and MRI later showed a tumour on the left side of my brain.  I was lucky, it was operable.

    I was transferred to Beaumount Hospital and operated on within a few days.  To be honest I don’t remember much of the time between when I had the first seizure to the operation, but when I came around after the operation I caused the nurses and doctors to laugh when I described the pain in my head as the worst hangover I’ve ever had! Read the rest of this post.

    Health & Safety Issue

    Posted by Administrator on October 31, 2014


    On foot of a comment made by a member of our community about the recall of parachutes that are used for play in many early years settings & were supplied by the Sports Partnership in Ireland, we contacted Limerick Childcare Committee who are running the Búntus programme in their locality to ask for clarification as the sports kit given to participates of the Búntus programme used to contain a parachute. Limerick Childcare Committee were extremely helpful and contacted the Limerick Sports Partnership who sent the following explanation


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    Job Alerts – October 2014

    Posted by Administrator on October 30, 2014


    Have a look at the job alerts which were posted to our website during October 2014

    Posted 30/10/2014

    Employer: The Glebe Primary Montessori School, Barnhall, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

    Position:  Head Director/ess

    Requirements:   FETAC Level 7 or equivalent from a recognised Montessori College, background in Montessori education up to 12 years. Knowledge of the required standards in ECCE management. Experience in HR and direct management of staff, proven leadership capabilities. IT proficient & first aid certified, excellent communication skills and strategist – a “can do” approach to problem solving. Read the rest of this post.

    Halloween Activities

    Posted by Administrator on October 22, 2014


    We know the best form of inspiration comes from other Early Years professionals who have used their imaginations to create something you or I wouldn’t necessarily think of doing.  Halloween is just around the corner and the ideas are flying around the internet so we’re delighted to be able to bring a few of them to you in the following photo blog

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    Telling It As It Is – A Childcare Worker

    Posted by Administrator on October 12, 2014


    I am every-woman (or everyman).  I live in every county in the country. I work in crèches, playschools, preschools, Montessori, Steiner, and High Scope centres, forest schools and home-school hubs.   I offer quality care and education to babies, infants, children who crawl, children who walk but don’t talk, children who talk but not much, children who are starting to need to be around other children for important, formative social experiences, children who need to be very active in loads of different environments, including the outdoors, and with children who are hungry to learn about the world around them and all the people in it.


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    A Taste of Autumn – Bea Sommer

    Posted by Administrator on October 6, 2014

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    We’re lucky enough to be part of a very active and generous community. During the past month we came across Bea Sommer’s beautiful pictures which we thought really captured Autumn in Ireland. We contacted Bea and asked if we could share her pictures via a photo blog on our website and she graciously has given us permission.  Bea is based in Co Wicklow and to let you know a little bit more about her we’ve taken the following from her website.


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    Posted by Administrator on October 2, 2014

    Healthy Ireland

    In recognition of the valuable role Pre-school providers can play in promoting children’s health and well-being, Department of Health funding has been made available to BCCN, the Border Counties Childhood Network to secure the nationwide delivery of the Healthy Ireland Smart Start Training programme for Pre –School services

    Working in collaboration with Health Improvement Division of the HSE and CCC’s Pre-school providers across Ireland are invited to register their interest in participating in this new national initiative to develop Health Promoting Pre-school services.  Two hundred and sixty places exist across the country for providers to engage in piloting this 21 hour programme between October and December 2014 Read the rest of this post.

    Outdoor Play & Learning Centre – Irene Teeling

    Posted by Administrator on September 25, 2014

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    My name is Irene Teeling and I have recently been accepted into the final five in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition for our region. I stand a 1 in 5 chance of being put forward to the national final and even those who are not put forward to the final are eligible for receiving start-up funding.

    My plan is to build an Outdoor play and Learning facility which would benefit all early years teachers as it would be open for school trips. This facility would also be open to families and I would be moving my own school onto the grounds of the Centre. Read the rest of this post.

    Increased Workload – Caroline McDonnell

    Posted by Administrator on September 23, 2014

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    Caroline McDonnell runs a service in Kentstown, Navan, Co. Meath.  She felt so strongly about recent changes Pobal have introduced, that she decided to put pen to paper and let the people who are making the changes and creating the policies she has to work within, know how difficult it is for providers of Early Years services in Ireland to continue offering the Free Preschool Year.

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    Autumn Resources

    Posted by Administrator on September 14, 2014

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    We have a number of resources available to download from our website for the theme of Autumn.  If you’re a subscriber to our website these resources are included in your subscription so all you need to do is click here and log into your account to access them.  If you’re not a subscriber to our website these resources are available to buy in our online shop They are also available in ‘Ready to Put on Your Shelf’ format and if you’d like to place an order fill in this form and email it back to

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