Portobello Institute’s foundations lie in early years education since its establishment offering childcare courses since 1981.

Year on year, our graduates have made significant impacts within the early year’s sector working within county childcare committees, Pobal, DCEDIY and teaching on early years programmes. Successfully opening and running early years settings and Montessori schools have been the career choices of many of our graduates.

The QQI Level 5 and 6 courses in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) and Montessori Teaching provide you with the opportunity to obtain the nationally recognised qualification opening up employment opportunities to you as well as offering a path of progression to degree programmes

For those wishing to progress to degree level, we offer Level 7, Level 8 and Masters programmes in Early Childhood Studies. Our degrees are DCEDIY approved and provide you with a broad range of opportunities.

Whether you are beginning your career in early years or already working in the industry and wanting to upskill, Portobello Institute is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

We have developed multiple delivery modes for our childcare courses, ensuring there is an option to suit your individual needs that allows you to fit your study around your busy work and home life.

Our early year degree programmes and QQI courses in ECCE and Montessori are now available to study through full-time and part-time evening options. We also offer blended and online childcare courses.

The programme management and tutoring team for our early year’s department have been carefully selected on the basis of their qualifications, combined experience in the early year’s sector and education, and their belief of the impact higher education can have on practitioners, children and families. Each member of our tutoring team provides a wealth of industry knowledge and experience and are eager to share their knowledge and experience with you. They are committed to helping you achieve your qualification, offering individual support throughout your learning journey whether you are returning to education or you are continuing your studies.

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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies – Starts July ’21

If you hold a Level 7 BA (Ord) degree in Early Childhood Studies you can top up your degree to a Level 8 BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies. 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 supporting seminars held on allocated weekends.

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Portobello Institute
Start Date
3rd July 2021
Blended Learning

Therapeutic Play Skills (July ’21)

This blended learning course in Therapeutic Play Skills will provide you with the knowledge, skill and competence to use play as a therapeutic medium in a range of early years and special needs settings.

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Start Date
24th July 2021
Blended Learning

BA (Ord) Early Childhood Studies – Starts Oct ’21

BA (Ord) Early Childhood Studies is delivered through blended learning, you can work full time and complete this degree. Upon completion of this Level 7 degree you will be eligible to gain the higher capitation grant from the DCYA (now DCEDIY) for your role in an early childhood centre.

Location(s)
Portobello Institute
Start Date
2nd October 2021
Blended Learning

Montessori Teaching – Start Anytime

This blended learning course combines online learning with practical workshops with the Montessori materials, giving you the opportunity to study at your time, to be a Montessori practitioner and open your own Montessori school.

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Portobello Institute
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Start Anytime
Blended Learning

ECCE with Montessori Teaching

Delivered through blended learning, this course in Montessori Teaching and Early Childhood Care & Education, will give you the qualification that will allow you open your own setting or work in the capacity of a room leader / supervisor / manager in a Montessori room.

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Portobello Institute
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Start Anytime
Success Story

"This course gave me professional competence, self-respect, self-confidence, and has changed my whole understanding of childcare"

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Ramune Tamoskiene – Blended Learning Early Childhood Studies Success Ramune Tamoskiene – Blended Learning Early Childhood Studies Success
Success Story

“It was brilliant, the project I picked was something I was really interested in, I’m delighted because I put a lot into it"

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Hazel O’Connor – Early Years Setting Owner Achieves First Class Honours Hazel O’Connor – Early Years Setting Owner Achieves First Class Honours
Success Story

"It has given me a sense of achievement and makes me feel good about myself – it’s never too late to reach your goals"

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Eileen McLoughlin – Progressing from BA (Ord) to BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies Eileen McLoughlin – Progressing from BA (Ord) to BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies