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mullingar montessori
the den

Full Day Care
Montessori School
Breakfast Club – Homework Club
Summer Camp – Easter Camp – Halloween Camp

Since opening in 1994 Mulllingar Montessori and after school club “The Den” has grown to become Westmeaths Premier Early Learning Centre.

Now an expanded and purpose built facility it is recognised as one of Irelands educational centres of excellence.

The schools annual waiting lists are a testament to the high standards of care afforded to all who attend.


Ursula founded our school in 1994.

She works here every day managing operations, activities and staff.

In this short video she welcomes you to the school and briefly explains what benefits we have to offer your child.

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“The difference with Mullingar Montessori is that it is a family run service, where we empower our children to become confident, independent, and to develop a life long love of learning.”


This is a selection of images that showcase the variety of activities we have to offer your child.
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This is a selection of images that showcase the variety of activities we have to offer your child.


The past 25 Years have flown by. 
We remain ever focused on being the best school in Ireland. 


My own school experience led me down the pathway of Montessori teaching as I felt the traditional approach was not of any advantage to someone like me, who was and still is a very visual learner.

The more I read about Maria Montessori the more I fell in love with her approach to educating and nurturing the whole child.

I particularly appreciated her approach towards helping children become independent and develop at his or her own pace and not the pace of the class.

1987 - 1994
college & training

I completed my teaching trainer college course in Sion Hill Blackrock which included work placement in 1989 at “Muckross Park Montessori” in Donnybrook.

In 1990 I began work in “City Montessori” in Dublin for 4 wonderful years where I learned from one of the very best – Aideen Brennan.

I loved every single day at this school and on leaving to set-up my own school in Mullingar, the parents at the school bought me all my equipment which I am proud to say is still being used by the children today.

school founded

I came home to Mullingar to open my school and help my mother with my beloved father John, who had Multiple Sterosis and was in a wheelchair. 

Mullingar Montessori School opened in the garage at the back of my mother’s house on Ardmore Road, Mullingar.

I had only intended on staying 2 years in this location but after two major expansions, 25 years on Mullingar Montessori School is still here!

school & family expansion

In 2000 we completed the schools first expansion project extending the Montessori School into new buildings.

I also married Conor that year and we have been blessed with 4 wonderful children, Rory, Finn, Riley and Romey. 

They all attended my creche, montessori, full day care, breakfast  and after school club.

major school expansion

In 2016 we invested in new buildings to house our after school club “The Den” and installed a state of the art astro play area.

We also created a garden play area including post office, shop, pet area and hobbit house.

Finally we included a toddler play area with sand boxes and chalk boards.

"school nana!"

My mother Gretta, my best friend and guiding light has played a massive part in the success of Mullingar Montessori School, which is built to the rear of her house.

(Photo: Ursula Keenan with her mother Gretta)

She is always at hand to help out with whatever needs to be done, and only for her it would not be here today. Gretta is known by the children who attend as ”School Nana”.

Mum is a wonderful person and has always shown me how to truly care for others. Leading by example as always, caring for her late husband and my father John, who was wheelchair bound with Multiple Sclerosis.

(Photo: Ursula Keenan with her late father John)

I am so proud to see children of past pupils now attending and following in their parents footsteps!

Frequently I am stopped on the streets of Mullingar and someone reminds me that I taught them and the great memories they always remember of their time here. This gives me great pride and a motivation to continue to develop and further improve the curriculum at Mullingar Montessori School.

I run the school myself and ensure that the highest standards are maintained at all times. Each child receives a great start in their lives in their learning and development.

Over the years I am blessed to have amazing caring staff working with me to ensure the children get the best possible start in life.
We look forward with great energy and enthusiasm to the next 25 years!

for children

For children and Parents we have a lot to offer…

safe and secure

The facility has been purpose built for child care with safety and security a priority indoors and out, in a bright and joyful setting.

school bus transfers

We run a school drop off and school pick up service using our own minivans to local national and secondary schools for Breakfast Club and The Den members.

family run school

Founder Ursula Keenan manages day to day activities and curriculum on site, ensuring professional and personal care for every single child.

nutritious meals

We have an onsite chef and custom food prep kitchen. The menu changes every day on a 3 week cycle. All our children's meals are prepared by hand from fresh ingredients.

outdoor play area's

The school includes segregated outdoor play areas, with enclosed garden, chicken coup and rabbit hutch, astro surface play area, sand boxes, tricycles and tractors.

full day care

We have a range of services that can care for your child from 7.45am to 6.15pm Monday to Friday 51 weeks per year. Breakfast and Homework clubs, Montessori, Creche.

range of activities

Our teachers are highly trained in providing a wide range of activities for our pupils. This all helps to refine social and motor skills. We invest a lot of money in our equipment.

qualified teachers

All our staff are highly qualified in Montessori and child care. We select only the very best candidates who have a genuine passion for children and education.

open all year round

Modern family life means often both parents are working. We only close for Xmas which means that you can have your child taken care of Mon to Fri whenever suits you.


Some kind words from our pupils parents.
Many of whom attended themselves as children.

Olivia Callaghan

Ursula and the staff truly love and care for the children, you can just feel it in the atmosphere and hear the joy and laughter

Re: Toddler Montessori

Debbie Halligan
Our kids have happy memories for life from Mullingar Montessori, I would highly recommend to any family
Re: Montessori Class
Sue Ann Phillips

The level of care and attention that he receives on a daily basis is second to none. He just loves attending every day

Re: Full Day Care

Eleanor McDonagh

The structured play and social focus is second to none, there is always lots of fun to be had in a very safe and creative space

Re: After School Care

yvonne canning

The Den is bustling with activity, fun and laughter. She learns and develops in afterschool through the range of fun activities

Re: After School Club

Marie Clarke

He has such a great time and makes lots of new friends. When he finishes he absolutely cannot wait for the next camp to start!

Re: Kids Camps


We offer a full range of care for your child all day long, all year round.

creche + full
day care

Our Full Day Care and Creche service is available to children aged 2 to 5 years old. This service is available from 7:45am to 6:15pm. They eat, rest and play in our home from home environment.


In our Toddler Class we cater for children from 2 to under 3 years old. We help the child to develop fine motor skills, practical everyday life skills, independence, co-ordination, self confidence & language development.


In our Montessori Class we cater for children from 3 to 5 years old. They learn about independence, confidence and how to concentrate. As well as lots of play and outdoor activities in our amazing garden.


This is for children who attend local primary schools. We provide school pick up from 1:30pm, dinner, supervised homework, playtime and organised activities up to 6:15pm Mon to Fri.


This is for children who attend local primary schools. Parents drop their children to us between 7:45 and 8:30a.m. We provide breakfast, the children relax and play before national school drop off in our school minivans.


Our annual Summer Camp runs for 8 weeks during July and August. We cater for ages from 2.5 up to 12 year olds in our Mini and Senior camps, half and full day, daily and weekly options. Check out all the photo’s and activities.


Our annual Easter Camp runs for two weeks. We have a range of holiday themed activities for the children such as egg hunts, egg painting and a visit from the very popular Easter Bunny! Click the button for more details.


Don’t be frightened, our annual Halloween Camp is full of friendly Ghosts and Goblins! Festival themed games galore during four fun filled days which sees the children dress up and scare all the teachers!


You and your child/children are invited to book a visit to our school. Come and see for yourself all the amazing facilities and activities we have to offer.

Please complete the booking form. Once we receive your form submission we will contact you regarding availability of the requested date and time.

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We look forward to meeting you.

School Director


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