All About Acorns


Acorns is a montessori pre-school in Rush, North County Dublin run by myself, Valerie Kelly, from a bright sunlit classroom.

About Acorns 
About Valerie

At Acorns my aim is to provide a homely environment in which children feel secure and comfortable enough to express themselves and learn through exploring their world.


As laid out by the montessori approach I encourage an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child's natural cognitive, physical, social and emotional development.

I want Acorns to ease the transition from the home to a learning environment for both the child and the parent.



Full ECCE Places Available

Times: 9.15am - 12.15pm


School Term: View the 2019 / 20 dates


I am a mother of 3 with a background in science and a love of children. Torn between a calling for care work and the world of science, I opted for science and spent many years working in Temple St Children's hospital.  

In working with the children now in my classroom, I can bring together my interest in science and nature and my love for Montessori and child development.


  • Montessori Waterpark Diploma - Distinction.

  • Fetac level 6 Major award ChildCare.

  • Linc (Leadership for Inclusion) level 6.

  • Paediatric First Aid Certificate.

  • Barnardos Child Protection Certificate

  • Lamh level 1.

Barnardos Child Protection Certificate


"The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, The children are now working as if I did not exist'"

- Maria Montessori

About Orla Smith

Orla is a warm caring childcare worker who has many years experience as a montessori teacher. She has also worked closely with children with disabilities and worked as part of a multi disciplinary team including speech and language and occupational therapists to provide a safe and supportive learning environemnt for children with special needs.


  • Degree in childcare Level 7.

  • Montessori Teaching Diploma - Fetac Level 6.

  • Fetac level 6 Advanced Supervision in Childcare.

  • Lamh- Module One.

  • Occupational First Aid.

Full & Part-time places available

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Location: 3 The Cove, Hand Park, Tower St, Rush, Co. Dublin (NEAR TAYLEURS POINT)