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

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.

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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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