Kilminchy School House Portlaoise is a nurturing learning environment where children are encouraged to creatively explore their world. We will provide a unique opportunity for your child to develop:

“I hear and I forget
I see and I remember
I do and I understand.”

Kilminchy School House Portlaoise is currently the only Certified Montessori School in Portlaoise. KSH is recognised for the highest quality and best practice in Montessori under the EOCP by St. Nicholas Montessori College.

KSH is a privately run Montessori School and Day Care Centre, and is open virtually all year round to facilitate parents needs.

KSH has been operating since September 1999 and currently provides Montessori Sessional and Full Day Care in addition to other activities for children from one year to five and a half years.

- Wobbler / Toddler
- Montessori Playgroup
- Advanced Montessori part-time
- Afternoon Playgroup / Montessori Session
- After School Care up to 9-10 years
- Kinder-Drama

Department Of Education & Skills - EARLY YEARS EDUCATION INSPECTION

We were awarded Excellent in all areas by the Department of Education and Skills in their Early Years Education-focused Inspection in November 2016.

View the DES Early-Years Education-focused Inspection Report 2016 (PDF).


View the TUSLA Early Years Pre-School Inspection Report NOV 2019 (PDF).


We are currently enrolling for the ECCE Scheme (FREE PLAY SCHOOL) Year for Sept 2020 & 2021.

What is the ECCE scheme? The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. From September 2018, children can participate in the ECCE scheme from 2 years 8 months of age and continue until they transfer to primary school (provided that they are not older than 5 years and 6 months at the end of the pre-school year). There will be only one entry point to the ECCE scheme from September 2018. Children must be 2 years 8 months by September to start on the ECCE scheme. For more information and details of eligibility please click here or download the ECCE Guide For Parents 2018.


Kilminchy School House offers a variety of timings to suit individual needs. A list of these timings and fees are available on request.

To make an appointment or if you would like any further information on our school, please contact us using the details below or fill in our online form.


Prospective parents are welcome to visit the School House by appointment.

Maternity & Infant Awards 
WINNER 2016, 2015 & 2013

We're the proud winner of two awards in the Maternity & Infant Awards 2016. We won Best Innovative Learning Initiative and we were awarded Silver for the Best Indoor Learning Environment. Read what they said about us, having also won in 2015 and 2013, as well as being a finalist in 2014.

Infant Awards 2016 Winner

All-Ireland Business All-Stars - ACCREDITATION

"The accreditation board at the All Ireland Business Foundation is pleased to confirm the designation of Sonya Duggan founder of Kilminchy School House with its Thought Leader accreditation in recognition of her outstanding contribution to early childhood education.

In a career spanning 3 decades Sonya Duggan has carefully honed a distinct world view of the role of education in early childhood development, a world view which traces its roots back to the Middle East where she spent almost 10 years of her early career working in the education sector.

The accreditation board was particularly impressed with the range of curriculums from which Sonya has developed her own unique syllabus, sources such as Reggio, Steiner & Forest School to name a few. Holistic is the key word in understanding Sonya's approach which when combined with her own unique personality add up to a deserving recipient of her designation as Business All-Star Thought Leader." Read more

Infant Awards 2016 Winner