Portobello Institute is the Early Years sector’s educator of choice as our foundations lie in early years education since 1981.

Our early childhood care and education graduates understand that they are sculpting young minds and the future of society. They recognise the profound truth that their influence extends far beyond the present moment, leaving an indelible mark on generations yet to come. Our graduates significantly impact the early years sector working within county childcare committees, Pobal, DCEDIY, teaching on early years programmes and in many other roles. Successfully opening and running early years settings and Montessori schools have been the career choices of many of our graduates.

Portobello Institute is participating in the new Nurturing Skills Learner Fund Scheme 2024 (NSLF).

The new fund helps early years educators to upskill to level 7 and level 8 qualifications by covering a significant part of the cost.

The courses covered by the Nurturing Skills Learner Fund at Portobello Institute include:

You can register your interest in the Nurturing Skills Learner Fund by completing the form within this article.

If you have any questions you can book a consultation call with our expert course advisor Sarah Coyne email [email protected] or call 01 892 0041.

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Blended Learning

Advanced Certificate in Early Learning & Care – QQI Level 6 Major Award

This approved QQI level 6 major award in Early Learning and Care qualification allows you to open your own setting or work in the capacity of a room leader, supervisor or manager in an early years setting.

Blended Learning

Certificate in Early Learning & Care – QQI Level 5 Major Award

The newly approved QQI level 5 Major award in Early Learning and Care qualification will give you the recognised national qualification for starting a career working in Early Childhood Care and Education.

Blended Learning

MA Inclusive Education and SEN

This course enables students to work full-time and study this innovative Masters in Inclusive Education and SEN. You will build a comprehensive understanding and critical professional approach to working with children and families with additional physical or intellectual needs and what it means to succeed in terms of equality and inclusion provision.

Blended Learning

MA Early Childhood Studies

As with any other profession holding a Masters Degree elevates your knowledge, qualifications and career opportunities offering you the opportunity to build further on the strong foundation you have acquired from your undergraduate studies. The blended learning option enables students to work full-time and study this MA in Early Childhood Care & Education.

Blended Learning

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Care & Education

If you hold a Level 7 BA (Ord) degree in Early Childhood Studies or a similar qualification you can top up your degree to a Level 8 BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Care and Education. Depending on when you start, it will take just 8 – 10 months through blended learning. This final year course consists of an individual research project with one to one tutor support.

Blended Learning

BA (Hons) Inclusive Education Practice

This BA (Hons) Inclusive Education Practice degree is completed over 3 academic years. This course has advanced entry options which you can learn more about in the “how do I apply section” of this page.

Success Story

"Now I have the confidence and acknowledgement in my own expertise as a result of my journey through the Master's."

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Denise Sheridan – Preschool Owner Becomes LINC CPD Programme Tutor with MA Early Childhood Studies Denise Sheridan – Preschool Owner Becomes LINC CPD Programme Tutor with MA Early Childhood Studies
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"I have never been out of employment since beginning my studies. I opened my preschool and worked with Enable Ireland and the HSE"

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Sharon McGee – Sense of Accomplishment and ‘Ticking the Bucket List’ with Her Degree in Early Childhood Studies Sharon McGee – Sense of Accomplishment and ‘Ticking the Bucket List’ with Her Degree in Early Childhood Studies
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“It's never too late to come back to study. Life is about learning experiences and this one has given me a huge sense of achievement."

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Claragh McCabe – MA Early Childhood Studies Graduate ‘It’s Never Too Late to Come Back to Study’ Claragh McCabe – MA Early Childhood Studies Graduate ‘It’s Never Too Late to Come Back to Study’