about
our school

the lodge montessori
preschool
knocklyon

The Lodge Montessori was founded in 1997 by Fionnuala Kennedy, celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2018.
It is a purpose-built and self-contained setting with outdoor area, designed totally for the needs of pre-school children.

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tv3 features
the lodge montessori

In December 2015 a TV3 film crew visited the school to film our Nativity Play.

Siobhan O’Connor presented the clip for Ireland AM.

The children and parents did our school proud with an amazing performance.

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“The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”

MARIA MONTESSORI

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school
facilities

We have wheelchair access/ bathroom facilities and self-contained all-weather outdoor play area.  
It is truly a beautiful and bright environment for both the children and adults alike!
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meet the
teachers!

Fionnuala-Kennedy-Teacher-

POSITION:
Manager & School Proprietor

QUALIFICATIONS:
BA (Hons.) in Early Childhood Education
Mont. Dip.; Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) Special Purpose Award

“In this profession, every day brings new ideas, findings, challenges & new learning.  We view each child as an individual, with their own interests, strengths and needs. 

They will be at varying levels of cognitive, physical, emotional and social development.  It is our job to observe and listen to each child and then plan the curriculum accordingly, to enable optimum learning and development. 

I have a special interest in literacy, choosing books that will capture the child’s attention and imagination; then layering the book’s theme through art, drama, puppets, etc.

As a team, we advocate for the embracing of diversity and promotion of equality, for everyone.  We are passionate about each child reaching their full potential and ensuring that they will make many happy memories.”

Sue-Vincent-The-Lodge-Montessori-Knocklyon-

QUALIFICATIONS:
Early Childhood Education and Care

Sue has been working at the Lodge Montessori since 2010.  She has a natural ability with the children, her warmth and genuine interest, brings out the best in each child.

Sue comes up with particularly innovative ideas for our project crafts, specialising in large 3D artwork.  She is especially interested in children’s physical development and the overall health benefits derived from leading an active life.

She organises and plans our weekly P.E. sessions and our End of Year sports day.  Sue played a big part in the Physical Activity programme for our Healthy Ireland Smart Start application.

Nicola-Kelly-The-Lodge-Montessori

QUALIFICATIONS:
Early Childhood Education and Care

Nicola has just recently joined us, starting in late 2019.  She has experience of working in a variety of early years settings. Nicola has a keen interest in art, being particularly talented in free-hand drawing herself. 

She supports and encourages the children’s creativity, using many different mediums, such as clay, nature finds, mosaic, paint, etc. Nicola has a keen interest in continual professional development and is presently studying Level 8, Early Childhood Education.

Fionnuala Kennedy, Sue Vincent, Nicola Kelly

fionnuala kennedy

POSITION:
Manager & School Proprietor

QUALIFICATIONS:
BA (Hons.) in Early Childhood Education
Mont. Dip.; Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) Special Purpose Award

“In this profession, every day brings new ideas, findings, challenges & new learning.  We view each child as an individual, with their own interests, strengths and needs. 

They will be at varying levels of cognitive, physical, emotional and social development.  It is our job to observe and listen to each child and then plan the curriculum accordingly, to enable optimum learning and development. 

I have a special interest in literacy, choosing books that will capture the child’s attention and imagination; then layering the book’s theme through art, drama, puppets, etc.

As a team, we advocate for the embracing of diversity and promotion of equality, for everyone.  We are passionate about each child reaching their full potential and ensuring that they will make many happy memories.”

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sue vincent

QUALIFICATIONS:
Early Childhood Education and Care

Sue has been working at the Lodge Montessori since 2010.  She has a natural ability with the children, her warmth and genuine interest, brings out the best in each child.

Sue comes up with particularly innovative ideas for our project crafts, specialising in large 3D artwork.  She is especially interested in children’s physical development and the overall health benefits derived from leading an active life.

She organises and plans our weekly P.E. sessions and our End of Year sports day.  Sue played a big part in the Physical Activity programme for our Healthy Ireland Smart Start application.

Nicola-Kelly-The-Lodge-Montessori-

nicola kelly

QUALIFICATIONS:
Early Childhood Education and Care

Nicola has just recently joined us, starting in late 2019.  She has experience of working in a variety of early years settings. Nicola has a keen interest in art, being particularly talented in free-hand drawing herself. 

She supports and encourages the children’s creativity, using many different mediums, such as clay, nature finds, mosaic, paint, etc. Nicola has a keen interest in continual professional development and is presently studying Level 8, Early Childhood Education.

our
mission statement

First and foremost, The Lodge Montessori aims to provide an inclusive, safe, stimulating and happy environment, where the children have the freedom to learn and develop at their own pace. Each child will be respected as an individual, their interests will be noted, so that together, we can engage in a diverse emergent-based curriculum. We aim to provide an environment that will engage each child’s active curiosity, thereby supporting their holistic development.
One parent kindly quoted:
“The Lodge is where big hearts enable inquisitive minds to learn and develop”

The whole child perspective identifies nine dimensions across which children’s outcomes can be measured and these are as follows:

1. Physical and Mental well-being
2. Emotional, Behavioural and Social well-being
3. Cognitive development
4. Spiritual and Moral well-being
5. Identity & Belonging
6. Diversity & Inclusion
7. Self-care
8. Family relationships
9. Peer relationships

We sincerely hope that each child who passes through our doors, will fondly remember their time here with us. That they will move forward through life with an open mind, acceptance of themselves and others, with skills of resilience, strong social & emotional well-being and with an innate interest in learning.

First and foremost, The Lodge Montessori aims to provide an inclusive, safe, stimulating and happy environment, where the children have the freedom to learn and develop at their own pace. Each child will be respected as an individual, their interests will be noted, so that together, we can engage in a diverse emergent-based curriculum. We aim to provide an environment that will engage each child’s active curiosity, thereby supporting their holistic development.
One parent kindly quoted:
“The Lodge is where big hearts enable inquisitive minds to learn and develop”

The whole child perspective identifies nine dimensions across which children’s outcomes can be measured and these are as follows:

1. Physical and Mental well-being
2. Emotional, Behavioural and Social well-being
3. Cognitive development
4. Spiritual and Moral well-being
5. Identity & Belonging
6. Diversity & Inclusion
7. Self-care
8. Family relationships
9. Peer relationships

We sincerely hope that each child who passes through our doors, will fondly remember their time here with us. That they will move forward through life with an open mind, acceptance of themselves and others, with skills of resilience, strong social & emotional well-being and with an innate interest in learning.

school
features

The pre-school has just recently been refurbished and extended to facilitate an extra bathroom and the following new areas: Library, Home Corner and a Small World Play Area.

We have wheelchair access and bathroom facilities. It is truly a beautiful and bright environment for both the children and adults alike!

This service is fully insured and is registered with Tusla and Early Childhood Ireland. We are participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ECCE) under the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Pobal.

Large play areas give the children time to socialise, explore, to imagine, create and relax:

• Home Corner & Dress-Up Area
• Construction Area, including trains, castles, superheroes, etc.
• Mobile Sensory Table
• Play Doh, Lego
• Treasure/Junk Art Box
• Cozy Library corner

benefits
for children

For children and Parents we have a lot to offer…

For children and Parents we have a lot to offer.
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safe and secure

The facility has been purpose built for child care with safety and security a priority indoors and out, including our astro surface garden, in a bright and joyful setting.

low ratio's

Montessori age ratio's are 1:11, maximum 1 teacher to 11 children but we have at most 1:8 ensuring our children get the best care and attention.

family run school

Founder Fionnuala Kennedy oversees and manages day to day activities and curriculum on site, ensuring professional and personal care for every single child.

outdoor play area's

Our preschool has an all-weather outdoor play area which promotes imaginative play. We have a variety of ride on vehicles, water painting, play tunnels and chalk boards.

range of activities

Our teachers are highly trained in providing a wide range of activities for our pupils. This all helps to refine social and motor skills. We invest a lot of money in our equipment.

qualified teachers

All our staff are highly qualified in Montessori and early childhood education. We select only the very best candidates who have a genuine passion for children and education.

The facility has been purpose built for child care with safety and security a priority indoors and out, in a bright and joyful setting.

Montessori age ratio’s are 1:11, maximum 1 teacher to 11 children but we have at most 1:8 ensuring children get the best care.

Founder Fionnuala Kennedy manages day to day activities and curriculum on site, ensuring professional and personal care for every single child.

Our preschool has an all-weather outdoor play area which promotes imaginative play. We have a variety of ride on vehicles, water painting, play tunnels and chalk boards.

Our teachers are highly trained in providing a wide range of activities for our pupils. This all helps to refine social and motor skills. We invest a lot of money in our equipment.

All our staff are highly qualified in Montessori and early childhood education. We select only the very best candidates who have a genuine passion for children and education.

PARENTS
TESTIMONIALS

We really appreciate the positive and kind reflections parents have taken the time to give us over the years on Google and Facebook.

We really appreciate the positive and kind reflections parents have taken the time to give us over the years on Google and Facebook. Click any name to open review.

“The Montessori is full of warmth, love, nurture and a lovely experience for a child’s introduction to the world of school.”

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CATHERINE O’KEEFE

“My three boys went to the Lodge Montessori and as such I got to know Fionnuala & Sue over an 8 year period. My sons loved everyday here and now that my last son finished last summer they still talk warmly about their great days with the girls and always want to go back for a visit – the Montessori is full of warmth, love, nurture and a lovely experience for a child’s introduction to the world of school. I cannot recommend Fionnuala’s approach, care and dedication to all the kids who pass through the doors – its’ one of the best starts in life we gave our boys. and we all miss our daily drop to Monty and chats with the girls!”

“They still talk about how fun it was. Fionnuala and Sue are just brilliant with the children and add the fun factor.”

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TANYA CUNNINGHAM

“My two children attended this fabulous Montessori school where they still talk about how fun it was. Fionnuala and Sue are just brilliant with the children and add the fun factor and such a happy environment. From the gorgeous plays (about Planets, Halloween, Nativity and also Graduation) to the gorgeous arts and crafts. My children were very happy going in everyday and that says it all. Couldn’t recommend this Montessori school enough.”

“The care, attention, and learning opportunities that are afforded to each individual child are second to none.”

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LYNNE MCEVOY

“Both of my children attended The Lodge, my son is currently a ‘senior boy’ there. I cannot recommend this Montessori highly enough. The care, attention, genuine affection and learning opportunities that are afforded to each individual child are second to none. My son loves going in to Fionnuala and Sue and all his friends each morning and is so happy there, and my daughter still speaks of The Lodge with such affection and loves popping back for a visit. An amazing place to start any child’s educational journey!”

My son loves attending the Lodge Montessori with Fionnuala and Nicola. He has made many friends and happy memories there.  Fionnuala has created a fun, safe and clean environment with many great resources for the children.

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SARAH CROWLEY

This is a fantastic Montessori. My children love it and have so much fun there. Fionnuala is so kind and is always thinking of wonderful and exciting things for the children to do.

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DEE COFFEY

Wonderful Montessori, a great set up with caring teachers that do an excellent job of preparing children for school.

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CHRISTINA RUSSELL

Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed her year with Fionnuala and Sue. We saw her progress and she still speaks fondly of her time there.

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ELIZABETH MACKAY

“My three boys went to the Lodge Montessori and as such I got to know Fionnuala & Sue over an 8 year period.

My sons loved everyday here and now that my last son finished last summer they still talk warmly about their great days with the girls and always want to go back for a visit.

The Montessori is full of warmth, love, nurture and a lovely experience for a child’s introduction to the world of school.

I cannot recommend enough Fionnuala’s approach, care and dedication to all the kids who pass through the doors.

It’s one of the best starts in life we gave our boys. and we all miss our daily drop to Monty and chats with the girls!”

“My two children attended this fabulous Montessori school where they still talk about how fun it was.

Fionnuala and Sue are just brilliant with the children and add the fun factor and such a happy environment.

From the gorgeous plays (about Planets, Halloween, Nativity and also Graduation) to the gorgeous arts and crafts.

My children were very happy going in everyday and that says it all. Couldn’t recommend this Montessori school enough.”

“Both of my children attended The Lodge, my son is currently a ‘senior boy’ there.

I cannot recommend this Montessori highly enough.

The care, attention, genuine affection and learning opportunities that are afforded to each individual child are second to none.

My son loves going in to Fionnuala and Sue and all his friends each morning and is so happy there, and my daughter still speaks of The Lodge with such affection and loves popping back for a visit.

An amazing place to start any child’s educational journey!”

My son loves attending the Lodge Montessori with Fionnuala and Nicola.

He has made many friends and happy memories there. 

Fionnuala has created a fun, safe and clean environment with many great resources for the children.

This is a fantastic Montessori.

My children love it and have so much fun there.

Fionnuala is so kind and is always thinking of wonderful and exciting things for the children to do.

Wonderful Montessori, a great set up with caring teachers that do an excellent job of preparing children for school.

Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed her year with Fionnuala and Sue.

We saw her progress and she still speaks fondly of her time there.

healthy
ireland

We qualified as a Healthy Ireland Preschool under Healthy Ireland’s Smart Start preschool programme. We succeeded in the following six areas of health & well-being:

  1. Health Promotion
  2. Emotional Well-Being
  3. Physical Activity
  4. Nutrition
  5. Oral Health 
  6. Health & Safety

Fionnuala recently graduated from the Leadership for Inclusion programme, ensuring all children have equal access to a quality early years’ experience.

inspection report

We proudly received an excellent rating in our education-focussed inspection conducted by the Department of Education.

ecce calendar 2020/2021
the lodge montessori

These are important dates throughout the school year to help parents plan ahead.

The calendar is subject to change in the case of unforeseen circumstances.

In such events we will inform parents in advance.

CLICK ANY MONTH TO SHOW DATES

2021 January to June

4th Jan 2021 Wednesday
School Re-Opens

18th Feb 2021 Thursday 
School Closed

19th February 2021 Friday
School Closed

17th Mar 2021 Wednesday
School closed St. Patricks Day

29th Mar 2021 Wednesday
School closed Easter Holidays
School re-opens 12th April 2020 Monday

12th Apr 2021 – Monday
School re-opens after Easter Break

3rd May 2021 Monday
School Closed – Bank Holiday

7th Jun 2021 Monday
School Closed – Bank Holiday

8th Jun 2021 Tuesday
School Closed

24th Jun 2021 Thursday
Last day of School Year 2020/2021

2020 July to December

School closed for summer holidays

31st Aug 2020 Monday
School Re-opens

No school closed dates in September

26th Oct 2020 Monday
School Closed Bank Holiday

27th Oct 2020 Tuesday to 30/10/2020 Friday
School closed for Halloween break

2nd Nov 2020 Monday
School re-opens After Halloween Break

18th Dec 2020 Friday
Last day of School before Christmas Break.
School Re-Opens Monday 4th January 2021

book a visit
to our preschool

If you are interested in your child attending our Montessori,
then complete the school visit booking form below.

If you are interested in your child attending our Montessori, then complete the school visit booking form below.

book a visit

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Interested in Enroling? You and your child/children are invited to book a visit to our school.

Come and see for yourself all the amazing facilities and activities we have to offer.

Please complete the booking form. Once we receive your form submission we will contact you regarding availability of the requested date and time.

A copy of your form submission will be sent to your email address. Details submitted here will not add you to any marketing mailing list or sms service.

We look forward to meeting you.

FIONNUALA KENNEDY
School Manager

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