Our Staff

About our Early Years Educators.

At Grassroots Childcare Ltd., we aim to support children’s early years development in the best way possible. There are many strands to giving the best outcomes to the children that attend our early learning schools. The most important one, and the one that ties all other elements together, we believe, is to have highly qualified early years educators.


The owner of Grassroots Childcare Ltd., has continued gaining qualifications in early childhood education since opening Grassroots Childcare services in 2001. Bridget Dowling has an Honours Degree in Early Childhood Education & Care. She also gained a qualification in HighScope as a HighScope trainer, certified and endorsed by HighScope Ireland. Bridget mentors and supports her own staff team at Grassroots Childcare Ltd., as well as delivering HighScope training to other childcare services in areas such as Dublin, Cork and Kilkenny.



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Monika Halika

Monika has a Masters Degree in Special Education. She will join our team at The Garden Outdoor Preschool September 2015.



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Rebecca Wright

Rebecca has an Hours Degree in Early Childhood Education and Care.

She also holds a certificate for Forest school leader. And while our early years school at Ballyfoyle Kilkenny is an outdoor preschool, forest school principles will underpin our philosophy along with Aistear, Siolta and the HighScope preschool curriculum.




Catherine Walsh

Catherine is currently studying for her Honours Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education. She has a background in social care and has worked at Grassroots preschool for the last two academic years.