Valerie leads an award-winning service Walkinstown Dublin 12, as the manager of Creative kids and Co. She has a back ground in Business Management and a huge commitment to quality provision in the early years and afterschool services; and is always looking for ways to improve quality provision.
Valerie entered the early years sector when she was project leader for the Childcare Information Bureau funded by Dublin City Childcare Committee. This role involved the development of an information service for all stakeholders in the South-Central area of Dublin. Valerie supported Childcare owners, childcare workers, childminders and parents in all areas relating to childcare.
Valerie was involved in the Thematic Working Group for the development of quality school age childcare and a member of the childminders thematic working group in Dublin City.
Currently a member of Early Childhood Ireland’s Policy and Implementation panel, Valerie regularly brings the issues faced on the ground by providers to the tables at policy level. Valerie is also currently a member of DCYA’s Business Consultative Group for the development of the new affordable childcare scheme.
David graduated from AMI Dublin with a diploma in Montessori Education 2.5-6. He later went on to complete a 6-9 Montessori diploma with MEC Dublin and also holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Sheffield. David has held teaching positions in 3-6 & 6-9 Montessori environments and currently is a room leader at Creative Kids & Co, an award winning service in Dublin.
David also tutors on part-time and blended learning ECCE & ECCE with Montessori courses at level 6 for the College of Progressive Education.
He is hugely passionate about early years and is a strong advocate for male involvement in ECCE in Ireland.
Ann Keating O'Neil (Aine)
Ann has worked in the Early Childhood Education and Care since 2003 as a Montessori Teacher/ Room Supervisor, Manager of a Montessori School, and for the past five years owner of a Montessori Preschool in Lisronagh, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
Ann holds a Montessori Diploma together with HDIP, Level 8 in ECEC. She began her ECEC education as a mature student with two young children. She studied full time to level five, completed a year long course and graduated with a first-class diploma in Montessori teaching. Ann studied for her level six with special needs the following year, while working full time in her first ECEC employment as a Montessori teacher.
Ann worked for over ten years as a Montessori teacher and then moved on to a Supervisory/Management Teaching position for five years. She learned so much during these years that she opened a preschool in August 2013 and it has been everything she expected it to be; both challenging and rewarding at the same time.
Ann describes her practice as child-led with very few transitions and says her curriculum is entirely planned around children's emerging interests.