Montessori teaching is an alternative teaching method for young children which is applied in a preschool setting and focuses on a child’s activity and observing their behaviour. The Montessori method of teaching was developed by Italian physician Maria Montessori. The method views children as naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning independently when in a sufficiently supportive and well-prepared environment. Conventional measures of achievement, such as grades and tests are discouraged. Maria Montessori developed her system in the early 1900s through scientific experimentation with her students; the method has been used since in many parts of the world, in a wide variety of childcare and school settings.
The number of Montessori providers in Ireland has grown in recent years as more parents seek to provide their children with quality learning and care. Montessori/Early Years Teachers prepare an environment that provides activities through which a child is awakened to the realities and demands of his/her culture, time and place.
The teacher is the link between the Child and his/her environment. Young children are very impressionable and as a Montessori teacher you must be aware that you are a role model. There are a wide range of institutions offering Montessori courses in Ireland. Learning programmes are available as full time, part time and online learning courses. Most courses are certified by QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) which is the recognised qualification sough by employment providers in this area.
Montessori Courses in Ireland
CIT.ie Montessori Education – Level 8
CIT.ie Early Childhood Education and Care – Level 7
LYIT.ie Early Childhood Care, Health and Education – Level 6
LYIT.ie Early Childhood Care, Health and Education – Level 8
SMSI.ie Montessori Education – Level 7
SMSI.ie Montessori Education – Level 8