Cheryl Boardman
Owner / Manager

Morning Classroom 1 & Afternoon Class

Qualifications:

  • QQI Level 6 Major Award in Montessori Teaching 
  • QQI Level 6 Major Award in Supervision in Childcare
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Manual Handling
  • Lamh (sign language)
  • Children First training

Experience:

I started managing montessori schools in 1998, starting in Clontarf, then Raheny and now Skerries. I have been the owner/manager of Kelly's Bay Montessori Ltd since August 2017.

A little about me:

I love spending time with my children (even though they are bigger than me now); my parents; friends; colleagues and of course my little dog Cookie. I moved to Skerries in 2014 and feel very blessed to live in such a lovely community.

I enjoy going for walks, especially on the beach, eating out, doing little projects around the house, meeting up with friends and travelling.

I am passionate about my business and so happy to have this opportunity to get to know so many families and their little ones and having such an amazing team makes it all so much more than just a business - its an extension of my family!

Siobhan Leddy
Room Leader

Morning Classroom 1 & Afternoon Class

Qualifications:

  • Level 8 Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies from DKIT (2008-2012)
  • Children First training
  • First Aid Responder Training
  • Lamh (sign language)

Experience:

I completed an array of work placements during my college years. I'm employed in the sector since I graduated in 2012. I joined the team in Kelly's Bay Montessori in September 2013.

A little about me...

I live in a village near Drogheda. I love to spend time with my family and dog Tic Tac.

I enjoy scenic walks and socialising with friends at the weekends or going on an adventure down the country. Early mornings in the gym help me kick start my day ready for the busy day with the kiddies in school. I enjoy small craft projects in my spare time and take up the occasional class.

Like most people I love to get away and explore the world from the shores of Donegal to the islands of Thailand. I've been to a wedding in India, done some volunteering in Vietnam, lived in America for a few months, explored cities in Europe. Hopefully the list will continue to grow!

Breiffne Davies
Room Leader / Linc Officer

Morning Classroom 2

Qualifications: 

  • Level 8 Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies from London Metropolitan University (2018-2020)
  • Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years programme  - University of Limerick
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Children First training

Experience: 

Over 5 years employed within the sector including employment in 2 other settings before joining Kelly's Bay Montessori in September 2017.  I also have over 10 years experience in various office administration roles including Office Manager in an accountancy practice, before taking a career break to raise my family.

A little about me...

I'm a mum to 4 children - Ryan, Aaron, Aoife & Bethan and I have one dog called Teddy. I spend much of my spare time doing drop offs / pick-ups for GAA, Irish dancing, ballet and athletics. 

I grew up in Skerries but got the travel bug and travelled around Australia for a year. I decided to gain my qualifications in childcare to enable me to work part-time while still being able to look after my children in the afternoons and school holidays. I have not looked back! In whatever spare time I find I love to go power walking and do some gardening!

Aileen O'Reilly
Early Years Educator

Morning Classroom 2

Qualifications:

  • Foundation Course in Montessori Studies
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Fire Safety Officer
  • Children First training
  • Lamh (sign language)

Experience:

I have over 19 years practical experience working within the childcare sector. When I first moved to Skerries, I was very involved in the Skerries Community Playgroup while my children were young. I have worked with Cheryl for the past 17 years, the first 3 of those as a Preschool Support Worker for children with special needs. 

A little about me...

I'm a mum to 3 grown up children and I have 2 grandchildren. With working 2 jobs, here in Kelly's Bay Montessori and working with St. Michael's House, and also minding my little grandchildren, there is not a lot of spare time , but I wouldn't have it any other way!

I enjoy meeting my friends for a coffee and a chat. I love cooking and baking and now that I have a little baker, called Layla (my granddaughter) helping me, it is even more enjoyable. 

I also enjoy weekends away in Culdaff, Donegal - chilling out with lovely walks and meals out! It's pure bliss.

Marion Reilly
Early Years Educator

Morning Classroom 1

Qualifications:

  • QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care & Education & SNA
  • Children First training
  • Lamh (sign language)
  • Paediatric First Aid

Experience:

I have worked for 12 years in the early childhood sector. I have worked for 7 years at Kelly's Bay Montessori and I have done relief work for other early childhood settings and schools. Before working in the childcare sector I was on a career break to raise my family. My previous career experience was working in Credit Control, General Accounts and Customer Services. 

A little about me...

I love spending time with my family and friends. My hobbies are walking, hiking, going on holidays (my favourite place is Ireland), eating out, shows, music, concerts, yoga and at the moment I'm learning to play bridge. 

Eimear Seaver
Early Years Educator

Afternoon Class

Qualifications:

  • Currently studying for  Level 7 Bachelor of Arts Ordinary Degree in Early Childhood Studies
  • QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care & Education
  • QQI Level 5 Special Needs Assisting
  • Paediatric First Aid 
  • Children First training

Experience:

During my Level 6 training I undertook my work placement with Cheryl & Breiffne, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have been working at KBM since Spring 2019. My past work experience includes delivering training and tutoring on QQI Level 5 and Level 6 Early Childhood Care & Education courses. I also spent almost 10 years working in the HR department of a large financial services company. Prior to that I worked in various cultural and heritage organisations. Being an Education Assistant in the National Museum of Ireland for 18 months was my favourite role during that time. 

A little about me...

I am married to Dave and we have 3 children - Doireann, Ruadhan and Caoilinn. We live in Skerries where we both grew up. Its lovely to see our own kids growing up in such a beautiful and friendly town.

I was lucky to have spent 5 years as a stay at home mammy when the children were younger. My current role as an early years educator allows me to make a difference to young children's learning and development journey, while also being able to work around my own family life. I am thoroughly enjoying my time in KBM.

Colette Gaffney
Early Years Educator

Morning Classroom 2

Qualifications:

  • Currently studying for  Level 7 Bachelor of Arts Ordinary Degree in Early Childhood Studies
  • QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care & Education
  • Paediatric First Aid 
  • Children First training

Experience:

I began my work experience with Kelly's Bay Montessori in 2017 while completing the Level 6 ECCE course and juggling my full time job in financial services within the IFSC. After 15 years I left the office for good and joined the classroom! I went onto teach my first class in Balrothery in September 2018 before joining Kelly's Bay Montessori in September 2019. 

A little about me...

I have 2 little girls at home who are my absolute world. We are in the process of relocating back to Skerries after 13 years in Lusk. I enjoy spending time with my 2 sisters, parents and extended family.

I attempt to bake most weekends with my girls but we are not always top bakers! I enjoy going for walks along the Skerries beaches. I love to watch all kinds of reality TV and I am a complete morning person. The earlier the better!

Deirdre Travers
Early Years Educator

Afternoon Class

Qualifications:

  • QQI Level 5 Early Childhood Care & Education including Special Needs Assisting & Children with Additional Needs
  • Children First training
  • Paediatric First Aid 

Experience:

I joined Kelly's Bay Montessori in work experience in 2019 while I was training for QQI Level 5, undertook numerous duties and fell in love with the sector. Before this I spent over 20 years in financial services until I took a step back to look after my children in 2015.  

A little about me...

I live in Skerries with my husband Donal, our two children Dani and Liam and our dog Coco. In 2015 my daughter Dani was diagnosed with special needs which is why I developed a keen interest in invisible disabilities and supporting children. 

I like to bake with the kids at home and I love to dance around the kitchen and embarrass them with my singing! I'm an avid watcher of reality TV and love listening to music. I love coffee and I love meeting friends for coffee. I also enjoy walking especially if its in the direction of a coffee shop!