Portobello Institute are delighted to announce their new degree programme through their partnership with the hugely successful London Metropolitan University (LMU). They are now offering a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies.

"In Ireland, there is an obvious need for well-qualified early childhood specialists working with young children and their families across all sectors; play, care, health and education" mentions Denise Flood Head of Portobello Institute's Early Years Department.

"The focus of this course is the study of play, development and learning in children from birth to six years old in a sociocultural context and the implications of this for practice in early childhood settings. A range of local and international perspectives are taken including; children's rights, children's health and well-being, pedagogical and curriculum approaches, diversity and inclusion" she continues.

Portobello Institute is LMU's only Irish accredited center for Early Childhood Studies, which is an extremely positive development for Portobello Institute as an education provider. Through the partnership Portobello Institute are offering students the rare opportunity to access some of the worlds leading research and thinking within the childcare sector.

The course is cleverly structured as a blended learning study option, allowing those within the industry the ability to continue to work full time and also upskill their qualification at the same time.

LMU is a diverse vibrant center for education situated in the heart of London. The University as it is today was created in 2002 with the merging of London Guildhall University and the University of North London, the first merger of its kind between two Universities in the UK. LMU are a passionate advocate of higher education.

Portobello Institute are offering their past students the opportunity to avail of a 500 discount onto this course, See here for further details. T & C's apply.

For further information on the course and modules covered click here. For details of the course via the London Met site click here.