Happy Days Montessori Newcastle West Limerick

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Happy Days Montessori Newcastle West Limerick

Happy Days Montessori strives towards the highest possible standards of care and hope that together with your cooperation, we can make your child’s time with us, happy, safe and stimulating. 

Here at Happy Days Montessori, we are committed to provide a progressive and consistently high-quality Montessori service to our families. We continually strive to help nurture, challenge and foster independence in the children we care for. All children will be encouraged to actively explore their play-based environment which facilitates progressive, educational learning. However, we acknowledge that all children grow at their own pace so therefore we document each child’s learning and aim to satisfy their individual, and sometimes additional needs. Finally, we believe that in partnership with parents and the wider community, we will help the child reach their full potential.” 

To Inquire about our services we can be contacted at either Phone - 0863364036 or Email - happydaysmontessori@gmx.com

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THE MONTESSORI METHOD

The Montessori Method of education was pioneered by Maria Montessori, a doctor who opened her first school in 1907. Through her work with children, she devised educational material which was successful in developing children’s intelligence as well as their physical and social abilities. Her philosophy and methods have been recognised and proven worldwide for over 80 years. The Montessori classroom is known as the ‘prepared environment’ and contains educational materials for the growth and development of every child, as each classroom has children of mixed abilities. The teacher is flexible and responsive in observing children’s interactions and reactions. The teacher then is able to respond positively and constructively by making necessary changes in the environment to suit the children’s needs. At Happydays Montessori, we draw on the huge amount of material available to plan specific programmes designed to meet the needs of children attending the Montessori class. The materials allow for holistic learning and discovery, offering a wide range of intellectual challenges.

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Our ethos 

Is to treat each child with the utmost respect through valuing them as individuals with equal rights and responsibilities. We aim to provide quality childcare which allows children to develop at their own pace within our service. We believe that each child is a unique individual that has the right to quality childcare, irrespective of gender, race, nationality, religion, additional needs or socio-economic status.

Our Beliefs 

  • Allowing the child to develop at their own pace.
  • Treat each child with the utmost respect.
  • Nurture, challenge and foster independence. 
  • Montessori, play-based environment.
  • Partnership with praents and the wider community.
  • Active exploration.
  • Documenting each child's learning and development. 

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Our Curriculum Statement

At Happy Days Montessori our wish for each child is that they are happy, confident and sociable. To attain this, we encourage all children to reach developmental milestones and gain basic life skills by working under framework of Aistear and Síolta. All Staff accomplish this by communicating with children at their level. Staff actively listen and work in partnership with parents in building caring warm trusting relationships with the children in our care.

The fundamentals we work off are ‘respect for each child and their culture’.                   

Happy Days recognises that play is children’s work and is shaped by planned and unplanned experiences, which are age appropriate. We identify and expand on the children’s emergent interests and develop learning in a fun, interactive and imaginative way. We share these learning experiences with the other children and encourage friendships and build peer relationships.

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Our approach 

At Happy Days, it is inspired by Montessori and a play-based curriculum influenced by Síolta and Aistear. Siolta is the National Quality Framework for all Early Childhood Services and encompasses 16 Quality Standards, which all Childhood services should work to.

Right of Child ‐ Interactions ‐ Health ‐ Welfare and Transitions.

Environments ‐ Play ‐ Organisation ‐ Identity and Belonging.

Parents and Families ‐ Curriculum ‐ Professional Practice ‐ Legislation and Regulation.

Consultation  Planning  and Evaluation ‐ Communication ‐ Commitment and Involvement.

If you would like any Information or have any queries Phone - 0863364036 or Email ‐ happydaysmontessori@gmx.com

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Aistear is used as a guide in planning learning experiences in Happy Days. Aistear, which, is the Irish word for ‘journey’, describes learning through 4 interconnected themes:

  • Wellbeing
  • Identity and Belonging.
  • Communicating.
  • Exploring and Thinking Our focus for the children is on continuity though out each stage of development.

Designated areas within each room allow children to move from one room to another with ease and familiarity. The areas in each room are

  • Home Corner.
  • Construction.
  • Arts and Crafts.
  • Chill Zone, with soft matting or seats and books, which are accessible to children at all times.
  • Outdoor playground with artificial grass.
  • Planting area.

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Montessori and Aistear influences

These are visible at each stage through the materials and the language we use.

The Emergent Curriculum in Happy Days allows Children to remain interested, involved and content whilst still attaining a wealth of information, which promotes individuality and independence the children.

We are fully committed to having the best possible start for each child in Happy Days.

We support the children transition to Primary School and minimalize any stress they might feel adjusting to a new setting.

If you would like Happydays Montessori to care for your child, we can assure you of our best attention and a quality early childhood care and education service at our preschool. 

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The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme
 
The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme is a universal programme available to all children within the eligible age range. It provides children with their first formal experience of early learning prior to commencing primary school.
 
All children are eligible for two full programme years (Sept – June) of ECCE (76 weeks in total). Children must have reached the age of 2 years and 8 months of age by August 31st of the year of entry to the programme.
 
The programme is provided for three hours per day, five days per week over 38 weeks per year and the programme year runs from September to June each year.
We operate two three hours sessions 9 to 12 and 12.30 to 3.30.
 

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AIM is a programme of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the ECCE Programme in mainstream pre-school settings and can participate fully in the pre-school curriculum alongside their peers. 

AIM is a child-centred model of supports, involving seven levels of progressive support, moving from the universal to the targeted, based on the needs of the child and the pre-school setting. The model is designed to be responsive to the needs of each individual child in the context of their pre-school setting.  It offers tailored, practical supports based on need and does not require a formal diagnosis of disability.

For further information on AIM and the support it provides, please visit www.aim.gov.ie.
 
Please feel free to call or email us and we will help and assist you with any questions or queries about our services: Phone - 0863364036 or Email  -  happydaysmontessori@gmx.com
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