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  • Letters – David King

    Posted by Administrator on December 15, 2014

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    Back at the start of October  the pupils in the Glebe Primary Montessori started work on projects. The projects came out of one child’s interest in the Queens Guards. As a result, we delved into lessons revolving around England and the Royal Family. The children decided that they would like to work in groups so I gave them the open and loose title of ‘England’.  The children got really excited and involved in their projects, with many of them choosing to focus on some aspect of the Royal family or on English soccer teams. They worked on their projects for two weeks both in school and at home. The finished projects were amazing, especially considering that it was the first taste of project work for the children who had just come in to the 6-9 year olds environment from the 3-6 year olds class. Read the rest of this post.

    Biology Jigsaws

    Posted by Administrator on December 13, 2014

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    We’ve created 6 jigsaws and 6 matching control cards for Garden Birds of Ireland. The download costs €1.99 and can be purchased from our shop.







    Conference Review – Start Strong – ‘Childcare’ Business or Profession? – Pamela Purcell & Lyn Bowers

    Posted by Administrator on December 9, 2014


    A delegation from Montessori Alliance attended Start Strong’s Conference ‘Childcare’ Business or Profession? which was held on the 3rd of December 2014 in the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin. After the welcome address by the Chair of Start Strong Tony Crooks, Ciairín de Buis who is the director of Start Strong described some of the stresses, financial strains, lack of recognition of Early Years as being of importance, poor pay and no clear career path progression for the people who work within early years that are at present burdening the Early Childhood Care and Education Sector. Ciairín said Early Educators need to be perceived and treated as professionals by both the public and the government and there needs to be a much higher level of public investment in the sector as only then will early years professionals gain the level of quality all early years services should provide and to which early years professionals aspiring to. Read the rest of this post.

    Buy and Download our Resources

    Posted by Administrator on December 9, 2014

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    A few simple clicks is all it takes to add a wealth of resources to your shelves.  Visit our online shop to purchase our Language, Mathematics, Biology, History and Geography material in pdf format.  A link will be emailed to you so you can download the pdfs you have purchased as soon as payment has been made.  Make sure you have enough ink in your printer, your laminator is plugged in and you have an endless supply of tea or coffee to see you through the myriad of resources we have available for you to download and create beautiful learning experiences for the children in your setting.  Our online shop is in the process of being uploaded with stock so keep checking back to see what has been added. Read the rest of this post.

    Art & Craft ideas for Christmas

    Posted by Administrator on December 8, 2014

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    As we are now sprinting towards Christmas we thought you could do with a little bit of inspiration.  Most of the ideas and links below are at least 2 years old and originally appeared in our December 2011 newsletter. We hope you’ll enjoy following the links and dipping in and out of them as the need arises.

    Red Ted Art had a number of blogred ted elvess specifically focusing on festive crafts. Using cookie cutters to make Christmas cards and decorations. Some cute elves made from pine cones and a bumper Christmas Get Crafty blog.

    Hands On as We Grow has 30 homemade ornaments you can make in class.

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    Job Alerts Nov & Dec 2014

    Posted by Administrator on December 7, 2014


    We’ve had a lot of requests to post job vacancies on our website and are happy to oblige.  This service is provided FREE of charge so if you’d like to advertise a vacancy just send an email to

    Posted 07/12/2014

    Employer: Smart Cookies Montessori School, Dalkey, Co. Dublin

    Position: Part Time Montessori Assistant for 15 hours per week.

    Requirements:  Qualification in Childcare at a minimum Level 5 on NQF required. Experience of working in a Montessori environment an advantage but not essential.

    Contact:  Please forward your CV and cover letter to

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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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