Course Details

If you are interested in extending your knowledge of early childhood education to STEAM, then this module will support you to build awareness among children of life under the sea through storying and role play.

Start Date
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Portobello Institute
Course Duration
1 month


The focus of this module is to consider how the early childhood practitioner can support the child’s understanding of life under the sea. Consideration is given to how the setting can introduce the topic at an age appropriate level, and to recognise the concepts of STEAM which are embedded in this learning process.

As practitioners and parents we are best placed to help children develop an awareness of the importance of environmental issues, organisms and life under the sea, pollution and the impact of same on living creatures, swimming, floating etc. Practitioners will be encouraged to consider how best to raise awareness around topics such as what is an ocean, life under the sea, and how this life survives, breaths, feeds etc. With consideration given to the different concepts of STEAM such as science, but also to encourage engagement with STEAM resources, to help enhance and expand on the knowledge and awareness of the topic within the classroom.

Why should I study this course?

The aim of the course is to provide early educators and people working with young children with an introduction to the concepts of STEAM in relation to life under the sea. It is anticipated that the course will raise the awareness of the importance of STEAM in early education, in helping to develop skills that provide a foundation on which a child’s cognition can be expanded on. The module will highlight STEAM concepts to be explored and developed while discussing life under the sea, and encouraging children to ask questions – why, what and how questions that encourage them to develop an inquisitive mind, develop resilience and become creative thinkers.

The module aims to:

  • Raise awareness of supporting children’s knowledge at an appropriate level
  • Developing knowledge through storying and role play, encouraging children to share experience, ideas and memories in a safe environment
  • How technology can support the concept of life under the sea and promote STEAM concepts
  • Arts as a tool to extend learning opportunities for children aged 2.5 – 4 yrs

Who will recognise my qualification?

This is a CPD qualification, and is aimed at those who which to expand on and extend their knowledge to help them in their daily role.

What will I study during this Life Under the Sea – Supporting Children’s STEAM Concepts course?

  • Learn about introducing ocean life to children aged 2.5 – 4yrs, and how this relates to the STEAM concepts
  • Importance of the adults role in supporting and extending the learning experience in an age appropriate way
  • Recognising STEAM concepts and how they relate to life under the sea
  • Explore activities and resources – STEAM related, arts, technology, role play, storying, and how they can help develop a sense of understanding in children aged 2.5 – 4yrs
  • Hands on activities and ideas to be used to support early years learning and development

How will I learn?

Delivery Mode

This course is delivered through online learning, enabling you to work at your own pace.

You will have 3 months to successfully complete this course.

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Jennifer Matteazzi

About Jenny

My name is Jennifer Matteazzi and I am the Enrolment Team Leader.  An investment in knowledge pays the best interest and I am part of the team who helps learners achieve their education goals.


How long are you working in Portobello?

I have been working for Portobello Institute for over 5 years now.

What do you enjoy about working in Portobello?

I love the interaction with students.  Every day I get to meet different individuals and learners who are looking to change their lives and I get to be the person who advises them on the best programme to take. It is a fantastic feeling to be part of their journey.  For many learners this is a huge decision and I get to be the person who supports them in making that decision.  There is an incredible sense of pride when I see our learners graduate and achieve their education goals.

What inspires you about working in education?

I believe that education is impowering and it can often change people’s lives.  It increases the learner’s confidence and it allows the learner to reach their full potential. Coming back to education hugely lifts the learner’s self esteem.

Have you a story that you recall that touched you/made you laugh/made you cry?

One particular lady struggled with dyslexia all her life.  Her disability really affected her years in school, her career choices and when this learner approached Portobello Institute I worked with her to establish the best way forward, the right course for her was without a doubt in childcare.  This lady registered on the course and she needed a lot of hand holding throughout her studies from both myself and the academic team.  I recall that the day of her graduation, she received the “Student of Year” award.  We were all thrilled and delighted for her!  This learner has since gone on to open a very successful Montessori setting.

How do you feel when you have helped a student reach a decision on their course choice?

I am there to be the deciding factor for our learners.  We support people in making the right choice of programme for them.  We reassure them the whole way and we support them throughout.  It is a very rewarding feeling to be part of this process.

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How do I apply?

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic or experience requirements.

Application Process

Step 1

Complete the online booking form.


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Step 2

You will receive log in details to access course materials once your application and tuition fees have been received.


Fees & Payment Options


Course Price

Per academic year.


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