Eve Berea - Owner / Manager
I grew up in Blackrock and I am married with 2 young 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.
Lauren Reid -
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.
Jill K - Montessori Teacher
Hi, my name is Jill. 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!
I am currently on Maternity leave with my second child.
Lisa - Montessori Teacher & Junior Afterschool
Hi my name is Lisa and I have been a Montessori teacher for the last 6 years. I obtained a diploma in Special Needs and then continued on to Portobello College where I studied Montessori teaching. I also studied Spanish and have a huge love for languages which i would like to incorporate into the classroom. I love working with the children especially as no day is ever the same... watching them explore with the Montessori work is my favourite part. I do a lot of Zumba dance classes and love dancing around and playing with the children. "Play is the work of the child " Maria Montessori.
Tina - Montessori Teacher
My name is Tina, I’m a Mum to two little ones, 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 8, 6 and 3 years. I qualified with a BA in Humanities in Montessori education from St. Nicholas Montessori College.
I have been teaching for 14 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 am currently completing 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 have decided to further my career in childcare. I studied Advanced Social Studies in Sallynoggin College.
Andrea - 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.
Sofia- Montessori Teacher
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.
Honor - Senior Afterschool
My name is Honor and I'm from Blackrock. I studied English and Philosophy in college and like to read and travel. My first experience with working with children was babysitting for neighbours and since then I have enjoyed nannying and volunteering at an English language camps for children and teenagers in central Europe.
Kim - Montessori Teacher
Hi my name is Kim. I am a mum to a 5-year-old boy. 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 4 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 and Junior Afterschool
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.
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.
Fiona O'H - Senior Afterschool
Hi, my name is Fiona. I am from Dun Laoghaire and enjoy cooking in my spare time. I have spent time caring for children aged 1-8 and have many years experience in catering.
Emma- 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- Senior 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.