Forum 3 Saturday morning 11.30 – 13.00

Maire Corbett and Lee Herlihy: Montessori and Aistear (The National Early Childhood Curriculum Framework in Ireland)

To forum will demonstrate how a Montessori School in Cork City supports children’s learning using an emergent, inquiry-based approach, drawing on Montessori philosophy and Aistear’s principles. It will be an opportunity for participants to share their experiences of implementing a Montessori curriculum in context of local regulatory education frameworks and systems in their countries.

Lee Herlihy is the proprietor and manager of Horizons Montessori School in Bishopston, Co. Cork. She has worked as a Montessori directress for 20 years and her school has been delivering quality Montessori experiences to children aged three to five years. In addition to her Montessori qualification, Lee successfully completed her honours degree in Early Childhood Education and Care with National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research on Children’s Friendship Formation in ECCE settings was so well received that she was subsequently invited back to NUI Galway to present it to their graduate programme.

Máire Corbett completed her 3-6 and 6-12 Montessori training at the AMI Montessori College, Sion Hill in the early 1980’s. Since then she has operated her own Montessori school and creche, taught both mainstream classes and children with additional needs. She managed a community Early Years Centre in Cork City and has worked with Early Childhood Ireland in a support, mentoring and advisory capacity for 18 years. She has spoken at numerous conferences including EECERA, OMEP and Early Childhood Ireland. She has also delivered many training workshops in her role in Early Childhood Ireland.  She has completed an MA at the University of Leicester, in addition to a Certificate in Teaching Adult Learners and other continuing Professional Development opportunities.