our_team_2 Hayley Devlin

I founded Small Steps Montessori and Afterschool Care in 2013. Small Steps aim to provide quality and affordable childcare in our Montessori classes, breakfast club and afterschool care. Small Steps is located in Phibblestown Community centre. We are very hands on and work directly with the children who attend every day.

Small Steps has grown steadily over the years. As a mother of two young children I am aware of how costly childcare can be and offer exceptional rates in all of the services Small Steps provides.


Sarah Malone

Sarah Malone has a degree in Montessori Education, HETAC level 7 from St. Nicholas Montessori College.  Sarah has been working as a qualified Montessori teacher since 2006.  She keeps up to date with all courses, Aistear, first aid, manual handling, food safety and child protection. 

Sarah also has a FETAC level 6 in Child Psychology.  Sarah has been playing the piano since 1991 and has her grade 8 from the Royal Irish Academy of Music as well as her grade 6 in Music Appreciation. Sarah loves teaching children and has a fond interest in arts and crafts


Linda Smullen

Linda Smullen has an Honours Degree in Montessori Education, HETAC level 8 from St. Nicholas Montessori College, Ireland. Linda has been teaching Montessori since  September 2008. 

Linda thoroughly enjoys teaching, and loves getting creative with the children.She keeps up to date with all courses including; Aister and Siolta, first aid, fire saftey,  manual handling, food safety and child protection. Linda is also a part of our Afterschool programme where arts and crafts, music, games and much more is enjoyed on a daily basis.


Pasa Hodzic

Pasa Hodzic is currently studying for her FETAC level 6 in Early Childcare Education and Care Support. Pasa completed both FETAC level four and five with distinction. Pasa is fluent  Bosnian/Serbo- Croation  speaker. 

Pasa has been teaching since 2014 and loves interacting with the children, reading stories and singing songs. She keeps up to date with all courses including; Aister and Siolta, first aid, manual handling, fire safety and child protection.


Anisoara Cardos

Aniscoara has a QDI level 5 in Early Childhood Care and Education. Anisoara has her Occupational First Aid and Child Protection Certificates Anisoara loves arts and crafts and baking. She will be working with our afterschool children.



Cathrina Loughlin

Cathrina has been working in childcare for the last 9 years. She has a wealth if ecperience and we are so happy Cathrina has joined our team. Cathrina has a BA in Early Childhood teaching and learning Cathrina also has lots of knowlege on Aistear and Siolta. Cathrina is up to date witj First Aid , Child Protection ; Manual Handling and Fire safety training. Cathrina will work with both our Montessori and afterschool children.


Trudy Hill

Trudy has just completed her level 6 QDI major award in childcare. Trudy will join our team from September 2016 and work in our Montessori and afterschool. Trudy is fully trained in Occupational First Aid, Child Protection, Manual Handling & Fire Safety training. Trudy is very experienced with working with children with additional needs which will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to Small Steps.