Our New Classroom

It is with great excitement that the Acorn Montessori Preschool in Tydavnet is opening a new, additional classroom at the facility. There has been a huge demand for places in recent years, and the extra room means that they can offer additional ECCE and non ECCE places at the multi award winning preschool. This is the only Montessori education centre in the Tydavnet, Scotstown and Emyvale area. Parents and guardians should note that from September 2018 the government are only allowing ONE intake per year – so be sure you have registered your interest in enrolling. If your child is the minimum age of 2 years 8 months by 1st September 2018, they will qualify for a free ECCE place for up to 2 years. The waiting list is now open for September 2018, 2019. and 2020. Please get in touch. “From Little Acorns Great Oaks Grow”. Don’t forget, the Acorn preschool also offers a Breakfast Club and Afterschool Service to all children, not just those attending St. Dympna’s N.S.  Call Adrienne 083 351 8518 or email acornmont@eircom.net.

Acorn Montessori is run by Adrienne Kearns and her team of qualified childcare practitioners. She has received many highly esteemed Quality Awards for her work in preschool education and for working with children and adults with learning disabilities. In 2012, Adrienne was nominated for the very prestigious International Children’s Institute of Learning Grade A award of excellence for service and care (La Récompense D’excellence De L’institut des Enfants D’érudition Grade A), and an adjudication visit to the Tydavnet facility viewed the facility, resources, lesson plans and learning outcomes for the children. Adrienne trained in The London Montessori Centre, London between 1986 and 1992, where she qualified as a Nursery Foundation Teacher and Primary Montessori Directress. She worked as a Montessori Directress in London for 5 years, teaching children from all backgrounds. During this time she was invited by The London Montessori Centre and London University to become a Lecturer of Montessori Philosophy, on a part time basis. On her return to Ireland she opened up a Montessori Preschool in her home town of Monaghan, and later made the move to the Acorn facility in Tydavnet. In 2002 she took up a tutoring role with Portobello Institute helping to equip students to meet the varied and holistic educational needs of young children. Apart from the preschool activities, Adrienne plays a very active role in the life of the Tydavnet community.