Eve Berea - Owner / Manager
I grew up in Blackrock and I am married with 2 children. I enjoy cooking, arts & crafts and the odd bit of bargain hunting in my freetime.
After leaving school I worked in the retail sector in various managerial positions for 6 years but felt that it wasn’t the right career for me.
I decided to retrain as a Montessori teacher in 2003 having worked for many families with young children over the years and really enjoying it.
I completed a B.A. in Humanities in Montessori Education in St. Nicholas Montessori College in 2006. I have also undertaken various Special Needs training courses over the past few years.
I am Garda Vetted and First Aid trained also.
Since graduating, I have worked in Montessori schools, Primary schools, an International school, and as a Special Needs teacher.
I decided to open Ballybrack/Killiney Montessori Preschool in 2014 as I had always dreamt of opening my own school. I love teaching the younger age group and seeing them grow and learn new things each day.
Montessori Teacher, Junior Afterschool and Deputy Manager
Hi, I’m Lauren a mother to one boy working in childcare for the last 6 years with a QQI level 5, I enjoy all things hair, beauty, music and at weekends I usually go walking and spend time with family.
I am currently on Maternity leave with my second child.
Jill K - Montessori Teacher
Hi, my name is Jill and I am mum to two young girls. I've been a Montessori teacher for twelve years and I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Humanities in Montessori Education from St. Nicholas Montessori College. I absolutely love working with children, and I love meeting all the new little faces each September. My favourite activities to do with the children are teaching them new songs and rhymes, having a good old disco and generally just having fun- that's what learning should be all about!
Sophie D - Montessori Teacher
Hi, my name is Sophie. I live locally and I'm the eldest of a family of six. Growing up I've always loved children and I started babysitting for a few families near me. I then decided to study for my level 5 and 6 in BIFE. I love how different every day is when working with children and seeing them develop and learn is very rewarding. My favourite part of the job is doing different activities and being creative with the children.
Tina - Montessori Teacher
My name is Tina, I’m a Mum to two children aged 10 and 12. At home and in school, I’m fully involved in the world of childhood! I have a Higher Diploma in Arts in Montessori Education from St Nicholas Montessori College and this year I attained Fetac Level 5 Special Needs Assisting and Children with Additional Needs.
I previously worked as a Flight Attendant for many years and have a passion for travel so I love Geography and exploring world geography with the children through the lovely Montessori materials in the classroom. I also love children’s literature and a dream of mine would be to write a children’s book someday and even get it published!
Working with children is amazing, watching them absorb new information and sensations as they develop and learn is fascinating, so rewarding and lots of fun. I particularly love watching imaginary play and getting involved myself! My interests include walks on the beach, nature, gardening, drama (was previously involved in an amateur dramatic society), singing, music, vintage jewellery and clothes.
Fiona B - Montessori Teacher
My name is Fiona. I am a mum of two children, aged 10 and 14. For 9 years I worked as a home-based childminder, catering for children aged 6 months to 10 years. Prior to this, I was a manager at ELI (Early Language intervention). This was a pre-school which catered for children with a language delay. I am fluent in sign language with experience in Pecs and ABA. For me, the benefits of working in the childcare sector is endless, but the most enjoyable part is being able to cherish and nurture each child’s capabilities while continuing to promote their overall development. In my spare time, I enjoy going for a long run and have completed two marathons. I also enjoy walking my dog, swimming and occasionally cake decorating!! I have a Fetac Level 5 in Childcare and Level 6 in Special Needs.
Meg - Montessori Teacher
Hi, my name is Meg. I am a mum to 3 amazing children aged 10, 8 and 5 years. I qualified with a BA in Humanities in Montessori education from St. Nicholas Montessori College.
I have been teaching for 20 years and have worked with children ranging from 2 to 12 years of age.
I love working with children, I love teaching them new things and watching them learn and grow. I love working with each individual child and discovering what captures their imagination and I especially love doing art and cooking.
Maria - Montessori Teacher
My name is Maria. I have worked in childcare for the past 20 years, I have been lucky enough to have gained a wide range of experience from working with main-stream kids, terminally ill kids and their families, children and families at risk, childcare in the home, and much more.
I am a volunteer group leader with the national youth group Foroige. I have many childcare certificates and qualifications, I am a trained mediator and also trained in restorative training practice.I have recently completed my Higher Dip in Early Childcare Education.I believe in setting a fun, friendly and trusting environment for kids to grow and become independent and confident for their lives ahead!
Jill O'C - Senior Afterschool and Deputy Manager
Hi my name is Jill, I am a Mum to a teenage daughter. I have always had an interest in working with young people and children, so I decided to further my career in childcare. I studied Advanced Social Studies in Sallynoggin College.
Andrea - Montessori & Senior Afterschool
Hi my name is Andrea and I am 20 years old living locally. I have recently finished studying two years of Social Care in college. I have previously worked with children doing face painting and now I decided to make the move to work as an Afterschool Practitioner. I studied Advanced Social Studies in Sallynoggin College and have recently completed my level 5.
Sofia- Montessori Teacher
Hi, my name is Sofia, My favourite part of working with children is that no two children are the same and every day is new and filled with fun. I believe in following the child, I love incorporating their likes and wants into every activity I plan. My hobbies are horse riding, painting, arts and crafts, baking, and swimming.
Tamar - Afterschool
Hi, I am Tamar, mum to a 2.5 year old daughter. I finished my bachelor's degree in Arts and QQI level 5 in JPr. I have just finished a course in Montessori and the prepared environment and I am planning to complete my QQI level 6 in Montessori as I love working with kids and watching them develop in a creative environment. In my free time I enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, swimming and creating activities for my daughter.
Kim - Montessori Teacher
Hi my name is Kim. I am a mum to a 7 year-old boy and a baby daughter. I have recently finished studying childcare and received my full childcare award. I am also qualified in level 5 & 6 Special needs assistance. I have been working in childcare for the last 5 years.
I love working with children and getting to know their little personalities and watching them learn and grow.
I love spending time outdoors especially at the beach. I also love to cook and do arts and crafts.
Anna - Montessori Teacher, Junior Afterschool and Deputy Manager
Hi, my name is Anna. I finished my final year of college in 2020. I spent four years studying early childhood education and care at DCU. I always knew from a young age that I wanted to work with young children. I discovered this course when I was in my sixth year of school and couldn’t wait to get started.I have experience working with babies, toddlers, and pre-school-aged children. I find it most exciting working with 3-5-year olds as no day is ever the same! I love encouraging them to play, explore, learn new things and express their thoughts. In my spare time, I enjoy meeting up with my friends, running and cooking.
Fiona O'F - Montessori Teacher
Hi, my name is Fiona and I live locally in Dalkey. I have a Level 5 and 6 in Childcare.I have over 9 years experience in Childcare settings and have worked with children from 6 months to 5 years of age. I love working with children and watching them learn and flourish. I am currently on Maternity Leave with my First child.
Lucia - Montessori Teacher
Hi my name is Lucía and I am 23 years old from Spain. I have studied a Higher degree in Early Childhood Education. I am currently completing two courses: the first one is about Psychology and Psychomotricity in Child Education and the second one is about preschool learning centers.I have been working as a playschool assistant, as an instructor in a summer camp, as a childminder and as an au pair. I have lots of experience working with children from 0 months to 12 years old.I believe in using creativity to promote development through art, songs, cooking, games and dance to build confidence in children. I love learning about our world with children and receive much gratification from seeing how they develop each day, growing more aware of academic concepts, social behavior skills, and self confidence.
In my spare time, I enjoy exploring nature, going for a walk, riding horses, reading, cooking and spending time with my family and friends.
Emma K- Senior Afterschool
Hi, I’m Emma and I live locally. I’m currently studying my level 6 in childcare and enjoy working with children.
Kerrie - Junior Afterschool
Hi , I’m Kerrie . I have 3 small children aged 6,5 & 1. I previously studied nursing studies and then went on to work in childcare before I had my own children . I am currently about to start to study Early Childcare Education level 5 . I enjoy working with children and doing new activities.
Sophie.G- Junior Afterschool
My name is Sophie and I am a former student of St Laurence College. I have many years experience with children as I have been a loyal childminder & babysitter since the age of fourteen. I am excited to be working in the afterschool to further enhance my future career in childcare
Adrian Berea - Chef
Adrian is our resident Chef cooking up delicious, nutritious fresh meals for the children each day.
Check out our menus HERE.
Hi, Im Angela. I live locally and in my spare time I enjoy gardening. I have experience in catering, nursing homes and in a hospital. I help out in the kitchen and work in Senior Afterschool along with being a local lollipop lady.
Hi, I’m Mandy I am a mother to three girls 12, 15 and 33 years and have recently become grandmother to a grandson.
I grew up in the area and live locally. I have always had a background in the catering industry and worked for many years managing a busy coffee shop called the world Café in Dun
Laoghaire. Where we had a regular stream of friendly loyal customers. But I’ve always had a passion for learning new things and continue to challenge myself on different levels over the years. In 2019 just before the lock down I enrolled in Blackrock further education decided to take up a level QQI level 5 course on creative writing and digital publishing. The studying progressed from there. I have completed a QQI Level 5 in Conflict resolutions, psychology, and QQI level 5 in social studies. Also, in 2021 completed QQI level 5 in Human growth and development and Creative Art in Early childcare and (SNA) special needs assistant. I have lots of experiences working with children. Which changed my direction on a new path. I enjoy working with children and watching as they develop their own little personalities and letting their creativity run free building on their confidence. My favourite things to do are cooking, Dancing, Art and crafts, gardening and being out in nature and being creative.
Hi, I'm Ciara, I'm delighted to be joining the team. I have over 15 years experience working in the childcare and Early Education sector. I've worked with ages 3 months right up to teenagers but my favourite age group to work with is 2-4 years of age. I have extensive experience and training in Early Years Education, Special Needs and Montessori both in Ireland and other parts of the world. Im looking forward to working with all the children and the families who come through the doors of the doors of the centre.
Hi, I'm Emma, a 4th generation local from Glenageary! I am delighted to join the team and will work at keeping the environment safe and clean for all users to enjoy. My passions are animals, especially dogs and horses, walking and being an aunty and godmother to my two beautiful little nephews.
Hi my name is Paula, I grew up in Ballybrack most of my life and now live in Gorey. Im a mam to two children aged 20 and 9. I've worked in many different jobs over the years. Im really enjoying my job being an afterschool driver and picking up the lovely kids.