© Goldilocks Montissori 2017

Welcome

Based at Magheramore near Oughterard, here at Goldilocks we take children ages 18 months to six years old. Montessori education involves free activity within a "prepared environment", meaning an educational environment tailored to basic human characteristics, to the specific characteristics of children at different ages.

The Montessori Classroom and

In a Montessori classroom each child learns at his/her own pace, each aspect and stage of development is carefully monitored and activities are planned to enable them to take the next step. The objective of all activities is to help the child develop greater independence, a sense of responsibility, an increased attention span, enhanced co-ordination and preciseness of movement, self esteem, orderliness, respect for others and intellectual development.  Goldilocks Montessori in Magheramore's rural setting provides an enriching, natural and spacious environment with a purpose built building and large play area where the children can explore and enjoy flowers, trees and birds.   With a limited intake the staff can support each individual child to reach his/her full potential. Goldilocks's homely environment provides a good foundation and preparation for the challenges of starting school.  What distinguishes Montessori from other nursery, playgroups or infant teaching. It is 1. The teaching methods 2. The environment 3. The materials The teaching methods a. are focused on the individual child's needs and potential b. focus on bringing a child to their highest possible intellectual, moral and cultural level c. are based upon careful presentation of new materials to each child d. ensure a calm, peaceful classroom . e. enable the child to learn individually or as part of a small group. f. gives the child freedom within limits. The Environment The Montessori environment is carefully prepared by the teacher.  It is structured to ensure a calm, orderly atmosphere where everything is educational and stimulating for the child.  Spending time with nature and the outdoors are key parts of a Montessori education.

Awards for excellence

Last year we received an Award for Center of Excellence in Childcare in the Families First Awards. Josephine O’Donohue received a distinction in the London Montessori and taught in the surrounding areas for 13 years. It was during that time that the seeds of her childhood dream began to sprout. On returning to her small rural village in Maghera “Goldilocks” was formed. It’s rural setting provides an enriching and spacious environment where the child can explore and enjoy nature at its best. With limited intake each child can be supported individually to reach their full potential. Goldilocks is a homely environment providing a good solid foundation ready for the challenges of starting school.  
Oughterardpreschool.com
Tell: 087 922 0212
Goldilocks  Montessori
Oughterardpreschool.com
Tell: 087 922 0212
2016 AWARD Center of Excellence in Childcare
Click on the map above to find our location
The garden is used for exploration, not only in the physical aspect, but also in its biological ones. Montessori refers to the garden many times as a really rich environment to be explored & enjoyed by the children, she stresses the importance of fresh air, its a place where the imagination is greatly developed, using soil plants, rockeries & trees. When the children play tree-house very soon it takes on its own unique character. It's a special place where a great deal of environment work is done, children take part in exploring sowing, picking flowers, cones, digging & raking with their own tools, thus increasing their physical strength, fruit is grown & it's a great success as plants are easily obtained and fruit sometimes cooked. Earthworms, centipedes, woodlice, under stones, slugs & roots of plants are a continual sources of interest. Through the care of animals and plants, the child gains respect for all living creatures.
Teeny Tots
Your Child is eligible for the ecce scheme ( 2 Yrs free early childhood care)
At Goldilocks our aim is to ensure that the children have a happy pre -school life, a good foundation ready for the challenges of starting school. We recognise each child is an individual and learns at their own pace. We provide a homely environment in which each child can reach their full potential.

Open from 0900 till 1230

Our Staff have taken part in training and we participate in Healthy Ireland Smart Start
and in the AIM (a programme of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme in mainstream pre-school settings) Goldilocks is monitored and inspected by both Tusla and the Department of Education and Skills Inspectorate ( last years report where we scored as Very Good is available as a pdf here) The Tusla report can be viewed on request.
© Goldilocks Montissori 2017

Welcome

Based at Magheramore near Oughterard, here at Goldilocks we take children ages 18 months to six years old. Montessori education involves free activity within a "prepared environment", meaning an educational environment tailored to basic human characteristics, to the specific characteristics of children at different ages.

The Montessori Classroom and

In a Montessori classroom each child learns at his/her own pace, each aspect and stage of development is carefully monitored and activities are planned to enable them to take the next step. The objective of all activities is to help the child develop greater independence, a sense of responsibility, an increased attention span, enhanced co-ordination and preciseness of movement, self esteem, orderliness, respect for others and intellectual development.  Goldilocks Montessori in Magheramore's rural setting provides an enriching, natural and spacious environment with a purpose built building and large play area where the children can explore and enjoy flowers, trees and birds.   With a limited intake the staff can support each individual child to reach his/her full potential. Goldilocks's homely environment provides a good foundation and preparation for the challenges of starting school.  What distinguishes Montessori from other nursery, playgroups or infant teaching. It is 1. The teaching methods 2. The environment 3. The materials The teaching methods a. are focused on the individual child's needs and potential b. focus on bringing a child to their highest possible intellectual, moral and cultural level c. are based upon careful presentation of new materials to each child d. ensure a calm, peaceful classroom . e. enable the child to learn individually or as part of a small group. f. gives the child freedom within limits. The Environment The Montessori environment is carefully prepared by the teacher.  It is structured to ensure a calm, orderly atmosphere where everything is educational and stimulating for the child.  Spending time with nature and the outdoors are key parts of a Montessori education.
Goldilocks   Montessori
Oughterardpreschool.com
Tell: 087 922 0212
Click on the map above to find our location
The garden is used for exploration, not only in the physical aspect, but also in its biological ones. Montessori refers to the garden many times as a really rich environment to be explored & enjoyed by the children, she stresses the importance of fresh air, its a place where the imagination is greatly developed, using soil plants, rockeries & trees. When the children play tree-house very soon it takes on its own unique character. It's a special place where a great deal of environment work is done, children take part in exploring sowing, picking flowers, cones, digging & raking with their own tools, thus increasing their physical strength, fruit is grown & it's a great success as plants are easily obtained and fruit sometimes cooked. Earthworms, centipedes, woodlice, under stones, slugs & roots of plants are a continual sources of interest. Through the care of animals and plants, the child gains respect for all living creatures.
Teeny Tots
The Materials Montessori materials are specifically designed to enable self directed learning and purposeful activity.  Each apparatus has a control of error built into it so children can discover and correct their own errors. The materials provide a solid foundation for maths, geometry, language, art, music and science.

Awards for excellence

Last year we received an Award for Center of Excellence in Childcare in the Families First Awards. Josephine O’Donohue received a distinction in the London Montessori and taught in the surrounding areas for 13 years. It was during that time that the seeds of her childhood dream began to sprout. On returning to her small rural village in Maghera “Goldilocks” was formed. It’s rural setting provides an enriching and spacious environment where the child can explore and enjoy nature at its best. With limited intake each child can be supported individually to reach their full potential. Goldilocks is a homely environment providing a good solid foundation ready for the challenges of starting school.  
2016 AWARD Center of Excellence in Childcare

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Your Child may be eligible for the ecce scheme (2 yrs

free early childcare education)

Open from 0900 till 1230 daily

Our Staff have taken part in training and we participate in Healthy Ireland Smart Start
and in the AIM (a programme of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme in mainstream pre-school settings) Goldilocks is monitored and inspected by both Tusla and the Department of Education and Skills Inspectorate ( last years report where we scored as Very Good is available as a pdf here) The Tusla report can be viewed on request.
At Goldilocks our aim is to ensure that the children have a happy pre - school life,a good foundation ready for the challenges of starting school. We recognise each child is an individual and learns at their own pace. We provide a homely environment in which each child can reach their full potential.