Aoife Kelly

Early Years & Montessori

Special Needs Assisting

Position: Early Years & SNA lecturer

About Aoife

Aoife Kelly has been an Early Years tutor at Portobello Institute since 2006 and has significant experience working with children in various capacities since 1991. Aoife began her career as a Montessori teacher, so she understands the industry in depth.  From there she went into special education working in both mainstream and special schools.

Aoife is also a qualified play therapist and clinical supervisor with her own private practice, while working part time in resource at a Secondary School in Dublin.

Aoife gained her Montessori and Special Needs Qualifications from Portobello Institute and progressed onto NUI Galway to complete a Post-Grad Certificate and Diploma course qualifying as a Play Therapist. She then decided to complete the MA programme in Practice Based Play Therapy, transferring to Leeds Beckett University completing a thesis on ‘Exploring the Effectiveness of Using LEGO in Play Therapy’. Her most recent qualification is a Post-Grad Diploma in Advanced Clinical Supervision from Middlesex University.

Aoife tutors on the QQI Level 5 and 6 Montessori, Special Needs Assisting modules and Therapeutic Play Skills here at Portobello Institute.   


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