Welcome to Stepping Stones at Tierneevin

Early Childhood experiences form the building blocks for our children’s future. Stepping Stones believe that the first five years of life are particularly important to a child’s development. This is when children develop basic learning patterns and abilities that they will use for the rest of their lives.


At Stepping Stones we are committed to providing your child with the best possible start to their education. In recognition of this we follow the Aistear Curriculum and Siolta, which are the National Standards in Early Childhood Education. Drawing on international experience, these frameworks are specifically geared for use in an Irish context. It includes a series of ‘principles’ and ‘standards’ for all aspects of quality in services for young children.


We believe that each child deserves the best possible start and at Stepping Stones care and education go hand-in-hand. We are devoted to providing every child in our care with the very best education and encourage learning in a fun, loving and safe environment.


The pre-school environment provides opportunities for children to develop their skills through a play-based curriculum and provides the ideal setting for children to learn through the medium of play.


Play is central to and touches all aspects of a young child's development. It is a child's interaction and response to his/ her environment. Play is a 'basic and vital need', as important for a healthy mind and body as food, shelter and tender loving care.


Stepping Stones also providee the free pre-school year for children in the year before they start primary school.


For further information about Stepping Stones please contact:

Trish Beakey on 086 344 8235

or email trishbeakey@gmail.com


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What We Offer at Stepping Stones


At Stepping Stones we offer Pre-school Club,

After School Club and

Free ECCE Scheme.

Click HERE to find out more.




Sample Curriculum



At Stepping Stones we believe that pre-school education is an important in preparing children for the challenges that will face them when they attend school. Click HERE to see a sample curriculum.






Trish Beakey

Trish Beakey has been self-employed in early years care and education for more than seventeen years.  In August 2013 she opened Stepping Stones at Tierneevin National School. 


Trish is committed to providing a high level of care, reflected in her continuing education.  She is currently in the third year of a BA degree in Early Childhood Education and Practice at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  This builds on her previous qualifications which include a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Practice (NUI, Galway) and FETAC level 5 and 6 courses in Child Care.  In addition to this she is certified in Children’s First and Paediatric First Aid.

Stepping Stones at Tierneevin