The Montessori Method
EARLY ON in my teaching career I began to take a serious interest in the life and work of Maria Montessori. It seemed to me that her methods made sense far outside the classroom: her outlook and approach had a lot to tell us about essential human values — kindness, empathy, encouraging the best in everyone.
I discovered that some of Maria Montessori’s students had left Rome for London, and had helped to found The Montessori St Nicholas Centre. An affiliate school was opened in Adelaide Street, Dun Laoghaire. These are now world centres of Montessori education. My time there was extremely happy — and it gave me a qualification that is respected everywhere.
I also completed the usual course of study for crèche teachers in Ireland, achieving HETAC Level 7 in Childcare. I also hold a City & Guilds Certificate in Childcare and Crèche management.
However, Montessori remains my strength. “Learning through play” is not only highly effective, it makes for happier, more well-rounded children. Part of what a child learns with Montessori is to get on with other children. This social skill, naturally, feeds back into the child’s continued happy learning and personal development.