An Duine Beag Montessori

An Duine Beag Montessori School, Dunhill is a high quality preschool committed to the care and education of the children who attend our service.

An Duine Beag is a high quality childcare service with some of the most qualified staff in the country. Our commitment is to provide the best preschool experience for each and every child that attends our school.

Association of Childhood Professionals

Informative poster on the coronavirus that may be useful. Mick.

๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ Yep we did a good job, Yummy ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

๐Ÿ˜€Afterschoolers turn for Pancake Making ๐Ÿ˜€

๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ’•Pancakes taste so Good ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜€

๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜€Hmmmm Yummy ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ’•

๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ Busy making loads of Pancakes ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ All set to make Pancakes ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

Association of Childhood Professionals

Information for schools, preschools and third level institutions on the Coronavirus

Cutting, squishing, flattening, pulling, pushing, sqeezing and twisting are all the benefits of play dough. Not only are we building up our motor skills this morning but also focusing on smell, sight and touch with our textured play dough. Just by adding strawberry sent, glitter and rice we turn our ordinary play dough into a sensory activity!! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

Dunhill and Fenor Parish

Preparation for TradFest: A public meeting will take place in the Dunhill Community Hall next Tuesday evening at 8.00 pm, to support the TradFest, proposed for the weekend 17 -19 April.
Hear about the plans and details, suggest ideas and volunteer help to create a welcoming, family friendly gathering that appeals to traditional music enthusiasts.
It should be a wonderful cultural event for all, in our parish. Please share this invitation. Bring along a friend. See:

Fabulous ๐Ÿ’•

Starter lessons

๐Ÿ˜ Valentines Fun Making Chocolates ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ˜ Valentines Fun Making Chocolates ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ˜ Valentines Fun Making Chocolates ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ˜ Valentines Fun Making Chocolates ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ˜ Valentines Fun Making Chocolates ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Happy Valentines Day ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Photos from An Duine Beag Montessori's post

Photos from An Duine Beag Montessori's post

๐Ÿ˜ Gardai have revised the numbers in attendance at the Early Years Protest up to 30,000 ๐Ÿ˜

At the protest with Mary ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐Ÿ˜€ Here we go ๐Ÿ˜€

๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎNational Early Years Protest Day ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
A most sincere thank you to all the Parents and Families of all children who attend An Duine Beag, we are very appreciative for all your kind support ๐Ÿ˜ We didnโ€™t want to have to protest but the government just wonโ€™t listen to us, it was a last resort that we had to take.

๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎNational Early Years Protest Day ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
A most sincere thank you to all the Parents and Families of all children who attend An Duine Beag, we are very appreciative for all your kind support ๐Ÿ˜ We didnโ€™t want to have to protest but the government just wonโ€™t listen to us, it was a last resort that we had to take.

โค๐ŸŽ‰happy birthday to our gorgeous girls๐ŸŽ‰โค

That's according to a new study carried out on 500 children.

Dunhill and Fenor Parish

The bullying and intimidation from DCYA have commenced ๐ŸคฌThe DCYA are running scared and trying to stop the Early Years Alliance National Day of Protest from going ahead ๐ŸคฌWe are now obviously being seen as a real threat ๐Ÿ‘ The DCYA have noticed of our unity and also the invaluable support we are receiving from parents and families ๐Ÿ‘

We are facing the biggest crisis our sector has ever seen. Services are closing, dedicated professionals are leaving the sector and the demands/ stress we face is ever increasing. We cannot continue like this!
Collectively our unity gives our profession strength. So far 1,375 services have signed up to make a stand against a system that has knowingly and wilfully exploited our dedication to our profession and children in our services.
For the first time in the history of our sector we have all come together to demand respect. Thousands of educators nationally are coming together to say enough is enough.
We are the ones with the power to bring positive change. Our unity gives us strength.
#strengthinnumbers #oneunitedvoice

๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‚our birthday boy๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰

Happy birthday gorgeous girl โค๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‰

Dunhill and Fenor Parish

A note to let you know there are still a few places left if new learners would like to join the class.

Association of Childhood Professionals

Just a typical day.....

Big Start

On the 5th of February Early Years educators and providers are taking a stand for our sector with the Early Years Alliance National Protest.

We need an end to chronic underfunding and a lack of respect and recognition.


An Duine Beag Montessori's cover photo

Kill Action & Alert Group

CLOTHES COLLECTION in aid of Kill NS Friday 7th Feb, 9-10.30am. Drop off at school also on Thurs 6th, 8.30-9pm. Please donate your reusable clothes, shoes, boots, belts, handbags, bedlinen and curtains. NO duvets, cushions or toys please.
All funds raised go a very long way to keeping costs of activities and resources for the children down. For collection or storage contact Grace 086 3289212 or Siobhan 086 1561993

Tree down in Kill

UPDATE: 2pm - Road has been cleared.

Please use alternative route, tree blocking road just past centre.

We are seeking an Early Years Professional to join our team (9am- 12 midday, Mon - Fri). The suitable candidate must hold a FETAC level 5 qualification.
Excellent terms and conditions, contact Elaine on 0863192665

Staff will be participating in this protest so we will be closed on Wednesday 5th February. We are dreadfully sorry for any inconvenience to parents but it is time our profession took a stand against the utter unfairness that is continually being perpetrated against early childhood professionals and the whole early years sector. We would greatly accept any support from parents, thank you!

PRESS RELEASE- Early Years Alliance

National protest to highlight childcare crisis to be held on 5th February

The Early Years Alliance has today (Friday, 10th January) announced that it will be holding a national protest march involving thousands of educators, providers and parents to demand a sustainable solution to the worsening childcare crisis in Dublin on Wednesday, 5th February.

The Early Years Alliance brings together organisations representing Early Years staff, providers and parents.

Federation of Early Childhood Providers Chairperson, Elaine Dunne, said: โ€œWe are calling on all those concerned by the worsening childcare crisis to join us on Wednesday 5th February to say enough is enough.โ€

She added: โ€œWe are educators and need to be paid accordingly. The reason the insurance hike in the sector has hit us so hard, is because we are paid so little in the first place. The ECCE grant pays us โ‚ฌ4.60 an hour, we only get paid for three hours a day. Sustainability is a real issue for providersโ€.

Association of Childhood Professionals Chairperson, Marian Quinn, said: โ€œHigh quality services don't come cheap and we can't continue to subsidise the true cost of provision through low wages, unsustainable services, and high fees for parents. The State must accept responsibility and significantly fund this vital public service. We cannot be in a position where impoverished staff are providing the foundation level in our education system. It is inequitable, unjust and immoral. Staff turnover is enormous because our profession is being exploited to meet political objectives. This has to stop.โ€

SIPTU Head of Strategic Organising, Darragh Oโ€™Connor said: โ€œEarly years educators across the country are committed to delivering high quality, child focused education and care. However, the current Government funding model for the sector is making it impossible to achieve this. Despite qualifications and hard work, Early Years educators earn just โ‚ฌ11.45 on average, well below the Living Wage. The majority are struggling to make ends meet and will be unable to stay in their profession if things donโ€™t change. Thatโ€™s why we are calling for the introduction of the Living Wage in 2020 as the first step towards professional pay scalesโ€.

National Childhood Network CEO, Denise Mc Cormilla, said: โ€œSecuring improved terms and conditions to support sustainable and high quality Early Years services is essential for this country. This requires increased Government funds and a new funding model for service providersโ€

Seas Suas Chairperson Regina Bushell said: โ€œ Seau Suas continues to seek positive changes in the funding for early learning and care that will put Ireland on a par with most other E.U. states and supports the introduction of meaningful reforms to improve quality, affordability and sustainability in the sector.

At the protest, the Early Years Alliance will be highlighting its Election 2020 demands for the sector. These include the development of a funding model that supports affordable and accessible childcare for parents, high quality for children and sustainability for providers. The Early Years Alliance is also seeking adequate funding for the introduction of the Living Wage for all workers in the sector in 2020, as a first step towards a professional pay scale, and the establishment of a single inspection process with a graded compliance system.

The Early Years Alliance was formed in December 2019, it includes the Association of Childhood Professionals, the Federation of Childhood Providers, SIPTU, the National Community Childcare Forum, Seas Suas and the National Childhood Network.

Association of Childhood Professionals

We can't count on the government to "Do the right thing", we've had years of continued government exploitation and this year the government agenda is "affordable childcare" and labour force activation at our expense. Early years services and educators are not their priority, we are a resource to be exploited. Are you prepared to say enough is enough? Are you prepared to to take action for your profession? Mick

Association of Childhood Professionals

CHILDCARE services face the prospect of chaos later this month as staff and providers consider a protest rally during working hours.

The Irish childcare model is broken Ireland does not have to reinvent the wheel; other countries have adequately addressed these issues

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Association of Childhood Professionals

We in the middle of a massive crisis brought on by chronic under-funding, bad policy decisions, no meaningful consultation and a lack of respect shown to our profession. We are at a crossroads now where we need to stand up for our profession and services before is crisis sinks us all. #strenghtinnumbers #oneunitedvoice

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An Duine Beag Ballynageeragh Dunhill
X91 DH33

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
Thursday 08:00 - 18:00
Friday 08:00 - 18:00
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