Montessori is a child-centered alternative educational method for children, based on theories of child development originated by Italian educator Maria Montessori in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Montessori is a highly hands-on approach to learning. It encourages children to develop their observation skills by doing many types of activities. These activities include use of the five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small/large motor skill coordination, and concrete knowledge that leads to later abstraction.
Welcome to Early Learning Montessori School or as we are also known ELMS.
Like the tree we take our name from, we started from small beginnings, first established in 1996 in South Africa. ELMS was brought to Kilcullen, Count Kildare in 2003 and have grown. We pride ourselves on offering a complete Montessori programme to pre-school children in our purpose built premises at the Kilcullen Community Centre.
Our philosophy and goals are simple; we strive to nurture each individual in a stimulating and organised environment, focused on the core Montessorian principles, which promote respect for the child as an individual. This develops all aspects of the child; mental, physical, emotional and provides the foundations of confidence and independence.
Though we treat the child as our primary client, we pride ourselves on our relationship with our Parents and encourage interaction and feedback on a daily basis. Newsletters and progress reports are provided as standard, together with term activity plans, which outline the curriculum to be followed.
We understand that a website cannot provide all the information and reassurance required when selecting a suitable environment for your child. So we would welcome and encourage you to visit us at ELMS, please contact us to arrange a suitable time or a visit.
Sincerely, Christine Ayerst BA, HDE, Mont Dip.