Higher Capitation of ECCE Scheme for HDip Graduates

23 April 2013

Following detailed discussions with the Childcare Directorate in the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), St Nicholas Montessori College has secured clarification that the higher capitation payment under the under the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme is payable to Higher Diploma graduates working as pre-school leaders.

In thanking the officials in the Childcare Directorate, SNMCI is delighted with the outcome of these discussions and knows that it reflects positively on its programme but more importantly on the quality of the SNMCI graduate.

A copy of the DCYA material is attached, click the icon below to download a copy.


Austrian Ambassador Visits SNMCI


On 26th September 2013, His Excellency, Dr Tomas Nadar, Austrian Ambassador to Ireland visited Saint Nicholas Montessori College Ireland (SNMCI) to award certificates to 24 students from Bundesbildungsanstalt für Kindergartenpädagogik in Linz. As part of the LEONARDO DA VINCI project ‘FLY’ (Foreign Language Learning for the Youngest), the students had spent the last three weeks learning through placement about Montessori education in Ireland.
The Ambassador remarked that the students had chosen a very important profession.
He said:

“A child’s early years are his or hers most informative. Their capacity to absorb is incredible and we must have structures to support this. If we can take lessons and experiences in early childhood education from countries like Ireland, then this will inform our practice in Austria.”

The Director of SNMCI, Ian McKenna thanked Dr Nadar’s for his presence at this important ceremony. This link between Austria and SNMCI is very important and one which SNMCI values. SNMCI, with its rich history of international links, is determined that this will continue for many years to come. He hoped over the course of their stay that the Austrian students got a valuable insight into the core mission of SNMCI and the importance of Montessori education in Ireland. He said:

“My message to SNMCI learners is threefold – you must be confident in your learning, you must be professional in your dealings and you must conduct yourself ethically. This message is as important in Austria as it is in Ireland. Montessori teachers have a huge responsibility to ensure that a child’s education in positive and that their desire to learn more is encouraged.”

He conclude by wishing the students the best for their continuing studies and hoped that their experience here would encourage them to come back to Ireland.

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Ian McKenna Appointed as Director of SNMCI

The Board of Trustees and Staff of St Nicholas Montessori College Ireland (SNMCI) welcome Mr Ian McKenna to the position of Director of St Nicholas Montessori College Ireland commencing on March 4th 2013.

Ian comes to SNMCI from his most recent position as Assistant Principal in the Department of Education and Skills.  While his existing role is in respect of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, he has served in a considerable range of education, HR and general management roles in the Department and in related agencies such as HETAC. He has played a key role in the promotion of the European Higher Education Area (more commonly known as the Bologna Process) in Ireland, as well chairing the Bologna Follow-up Group during the last Irish Presidency of the European Union in 2004.

He holds a BA in Public Administration and an MA in Public Management and, in 2006, was one of 18 Irish public servants selected to attend the ‘Leaders for Tomorrow’ programme at Harvard University in the USA.