The Nest School Preschool Programmes

Equip children with the skills and dispositions for successful learning and for life.

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About Montessori at The Nest School

The Nest School Montessori classroom is a vibrant, creative, dynamic place – that is continuously adapted and fine-tuned by our highly qualified and experienced teachers. This offers a rich and varied choice of activity for each individual child, every day – directed by the children’s emerging interests.

Throughout the morning children make their own choices of activities to engage in including:

  • an expansive and varied choice of real-life practical tasks –using child sized real tools and utensils. We even have a real child sized kitchen in our classroom! These practical life activities allow children to enjoy doing real household tasks such as food preparation, maintaining their environment, cleaning, fixing, caring for themselves and gardening.
  • learning all about the world and cultures around them (including subjects such as science, geography and history);
  • enjoy arts, crafts, music, drama and physical activity
  • language and mathematics using engaging, hands-on Montessori materials - so that the children do not realise that they are learning.

Our classroom is equipped with the full range of quality Montessori educational materials – which are highly appealing to children. Children become absorbed in purposeful activity, thereby gaining a great sense of pride and satisfaction in what they are doing. This in turn builds their confidence, independence, patience, self-control and their ability to concentrate and focus. Our Montessori classroom, is an inclusive community where children have a tremendous sense of belonging and wellbeing, and foster a genuine love for learning

About Mixed Curriculum Learning at The Nest School

The Nest Mixed Curriculum preschool programme is based on the national Aistear Curriculum, taking inspiration from best practice internationally as well as nationally. Our goal is to equip children with the skills and dispositions for successful learning and for life. It is a developmentally progressive and learning focused programme with fun and play at the centre, lead by our senior team and highly skilled teachers.

The environment is equipped to provoke the natural engagement and interest of children to explore, think, discover, communicate, play and build relationships. The children’s sense of well-being and belonging is integral to our philosophy.

Throughout the morning children will be free to flow between indoors and outdoors as they choose. They will find themselves immersed in imagination, provoked by the magic of our hidden play spaces dotted around the gardens. Areas of plating, sand and water, mud kitchens and construction appealing to their senses and natural drive to explore and discover.

The Nest School celebrates early childhood as a time of being, and of enjoying and learning from experiences as they unfold.

Preschool for ECCE aged children

Programme Curriculum Choice

Montessori followed by Play

Mixed Curriculum Learning with Play

Programme Length Choice

5 hr/day

3.5 hr/day

5 hr/day

3.5 hr/day

Montessori followed by Play

Extended Morning 5hr Programme

Up to 3.5 hours each morning in an authentic Montessori environment with highly skilled and internationally experienced teachers.

Followed by 1.5 hours of play based learning in our free flow indoor- outdoor play environments.

08.45-13.45 daily
5 days per week

Montessori followed by Play

Sessional Morning 3.5hr Programme

2.5 hours each morning in an authentic Montessori environment with highly skilled and internationally experienced teachers.

Followed by 1 hours of play based learning in our free flow indoor- outdoor play environments.

08.30-12.00 daily
5 days per week

Mixed Curriculum Learning with Play

Extended Morning 5hr Programme

5 hours of developmentally progressive learning environment with highly qualified and internationally experienced teachers with play at the core in our free flow indoor- outdoor play environments.

08.45-13.45 daily
5 days per week

Mixed Curriculum Learning with Play

Sessional Morning 3.5hr Programme

3.5 hours of developmentally progressive learning environment with highly qualified and internationally experienced teachers with play at the core in our free flow indoor- outdoor play environments.

08.45-12.15 daily
5 days per week

Time split between Montessori environment & Play environment

The children on this programmed will spend part of the morning in our authentic Montessori environment with highly skilled and experienced teachers. The other half of the time will be spent quality time in our beautiful free flow indoor outdoor play based learning environments.

Part-time programme (5hr/day):
08.30-13.30

Or

09.15-14.15

Mixed Curriculum Learning with Play

This is a developmentally progressive learning environment with highly qualified and skilled teachers who deliver a rich curriculum with play at the core in our free flow indoor- outdoor environments.

Part-time programme (4hr & 15min/day):
09.15-13.30

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