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 About the Montessori Teaching Method

In Portobello Institute, we understand children are dynamic, natural learners. By observing young slum children, Maria Montessori came to understand what was holding these children back – adult interference. She realised that “The child's mind is not the type of mind that the adults possess”. Freedom is the single most important factor in allowing children to develop as spontaneous, creative individuals.

 How does a child discover they can walk? Do they give up the first time they fall? Do they ever doubt that they can walk? No, a young child will practice this skill with enthusiasm, determination & absolute resolve until they have mastered the skill and once mastered then it’s immediately time to move onto the next level of climbing, running & jumping.

As adults, we encourage the young child to walk, we move obstacles out of their way. We don’t restrict or prevent their progress by trying to control their movement. We silently watch, give encouragement and direction when needed, then acknowledge their efforts with a nod & a smile or a kiss & a hug or even a cheer & a clap. We understand that walking is an early learning stage in our child’s development that needs much practice and if we interfere or try to control them, we will only disrupt their progress and damage their confidence. Maria Montessori  believed “Do not tell them how to do it. Show them how to do it and do not say a word. If you tell them, they will watch your lips move. If you show them, they will want to do it themselves.”

Following this course, you will understand like Maria Montessori understood, that children naturally absorb the world around them and that they blossom in self-confidence and self discipline when they are allowed to follow their innate needs.

Maria Montessori’s early learning was that just like a young child learning to walk, or holding a kitten, children gain knowledge best from the “Learning by Doing” theory as opposed to the conventional sit, listen, read and then learn. “Learning by Doing” is in essence the philosophy a Montessori teacher follows when guiding a child’s development in the Montessori Institute.
It is this Montessori philosophy that we follow when guiding our students through this stimulating & enlightening course. We have the benefit of over 30 years experience in delivering, researching and developing a Montessori teacher training course that follows & interprets the values that Maria Montessori prescribed in the 1900’s and that is now known as the “Montessori Method”.
Portobello Institute’s Montessori Teaching course will change the way you view the process by which a child learns and their inherent ability to concentrate and grasp a complex subject when given the time and freedom to do so. Integrated into this programme, are the principles set down by Siolta the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Aistear: the Framework for Early Learning.

Qualification Gained

 Level 6 Minor Award in Early Years Care and Education

This minor award is made up of the following;
• Early Learning Environment - 15 credits
• Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy - 15 credits
• Early Childhood Arts and Culture - 15 credits
• Work Experience - 15 credits

Course Structure

This is an intensive study option focusing on the minor awards that deliver learning in the Montessori method and pedagogy. Classes are split between the practical Montessori approach and theory training, with time spent learning the theory and practising the Montessori presentation skills during each session.


You can choose to complete part 2 to gain a full major award.  Part 2 focuses on the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of the child aged 0-6 years. There is the opportunity to consider other types of early years provision including state, private, voluntary and institutional. These modules are listed below and are required to achieve the Early Years Care & Education major award.
• Child Development
• Early Childhood Curriculum
• Childhood Social, Legal & Health Issues
• Personal & Professional Development

As these 4 modules are theory based, we offer students the opportunity and convenience to study by blended learning. This approach is ideally suited to these modules as it allows a more flexible learning journey with students having up to 12 months to complete the remaining 4 modules. There is a calendar of workshops and students have a choice of when they wish to attend. As students have already completed the main Montessori method modules, generally these remaining modules are completed with ease however full tutor support is available with programme managers also available to meet and support students to complete assignments.

Student stories

Maria Cerutti tells her story. After five years of working as a primary school teacher in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Maria decided to move to Paris where she began working in a school. It was here she experienced Montessori education first hand. From that moment she knew she wanted to get trained in the Montessori method.  After alot of research, discussions with qualified Montessori teachers and discovering Portobello Institute Maria knew Montessori teaching for was her! After digesting the relevant content on Portobello Institute’s website Maria felt “they had exactly what I needed.” Read full story here

Our tutors

We have a team of over 25 Montessori tutors with wide and varied experience in the early Years Education sector. Without exception, our Montessori tutors are all experienced & qualified professionals who have completed a minimum of 10 years in a Montessori School environment before commencing a career as a tutor. Some of our tutors have owned their own Montessori Schools and/or early years centre . Many of our tutors bring the value and insights of other cultures having worked internationally as Montessori teachers. They are all passionate about early learning, the Montessori method of education and the Montessori philosophy. There are immense benefits of learning under their very experienced guidance, click here to view some of their profiles.

Student support

We passionately believe in the opportunity education creates and the impact it can have on the course of your life. However everyone learns differently and  therefore needs different supports. Our philosophy in Portobello Institute, is to ensure each and every student is supported to have the opportunity to achieve their personal best. This includes small class sizes so you will know each of your classmates and your tutor will know you, specific time available before each class that you can book one to one tutor support, assignment support that you can submit draft assignments with feedback for improvement to allow you the opportunity to submit your best final version and a dedicated programme and quality management team to assist with your queries and discuss your personal challenges. We are here to encourage and support you to stay on your learning journey and to realize your personal best.

Career Opportunities

There are many and varied career opportunities available to you as you will hold a nationally & internationally recognised qualification. This will qualify you to work as a Montessori teacher to guide children between the ages of 3-6 years in a Montessori classroom. Once you have completed part 1 and 2, you will be approved for the standard government ECCE capitation grant. You will also be qualified to open your own Montessori school for this age group and we provide additional supports in the form of advice on planning, regulations, recruitment etc to our graduates who chose this path. Many primary schools and pre-schools also employ Montessori teachers as classroom & special needs assistants or as substitute teachers for the younger age group.

Further Studies

When an individual discovers their love of learning, they are often enthusiastic to continue their educational journey. We recognise this in Portobello Institute and have created a path of progression with direct entry in to year 2 of an honours degree in Early Childhood Studies for graduates of this programme. The degree furthers many of the theories that you will be introduced and this Montessori programme serves as an excellent foundation and stepping stone along your educational path. The degree programme is available through Portobello Institute with further information available by following this link.

Students can also continue their studies to primary school teaching where a qualification in Montessori Teaching is viewed favourably during the interview process for entry into the teacher training colleges.

Past Student Success Stories

The opportunity to change the direction of your life is real, read here how our graduate’s have changed their lives as a result of completing this programme....

 - Meet Yuki, he speaks passionately about the need for more males working within the childcare sector. Read his view point here.

- Read about one of our past students Avril Gruffery who went on to open her own outdoor pre-school - Outdoor Explorers, after completing this course- read her story here.

- Lorraine Duane came up with a fantastic product while completing her Practical Life module - read about the product everyone in Early Years is talking about here.

 Montessori Pedadogy Curriculum

Children become excited and energised in the Montessori school environment as opposed to bordered, burdened and fatigued as frequently occurs in the environment of the conventional classroom.
In order to ensure the natural early learning ability of children aged 3 – 6years under your direction, through the 4 modules of this Montessori Method programme, you will learn how to guide a child towards enjoying their natural curiosity without putting outside demands on them.

Module 1 – Early Learning Environment

Children work for the joy of the process rather than for the end result. They have a need to repeat activities over and over until an inner need is fulfilled. You will learn & come to understand the history of Maria Montessori and her philosophy & reasoning behind “Learning By Doing”. This module includes practical life skills and sensorial education.  The module teaches you how to use the Montessori materials in life skills and sensorial education to encourage children to learn how to care for themselves, others and their environment. These skills help the child to gain the greatest confidence and independence through the early learning process. The sensorial equipment designed by Maria Montessori  lays the foundations for academic learning by developing and refining a child’s senses. This in turn enhances their perceptions and increases their concentration.

Module 2 – Literacy & Numeracy

Maria Montessori believed children have naturally mathematical minds & she revolutionised the manner in which maths were taught and this module is dedicated to Montessori Maths and Montessori Language acquisition. These areas  will teach you how to guide a child through the complexities of reading & writing using the Montessori didactic materials designed over a hundred years ago . The Montessori materials were designed to develop children’s language grammar skills both written and spoken using the Montessori approach. The maths didactic materials revolutionised the manner in which maths is taught to children. Problem solving becomes a challenge that is enjoyed without stress or strain at a young age . You will learn through using a variety of Montessori materials how to not only teach a child to calculate but also to give them a lifelong understanding of how numbers function. Montessori materials also contain an inbuilt control of error that allows the child to discover and correct his or her own mistakes and work independently from his class mates and teachers alike.

Module 3 – Early Childhood Arts and Culture

Children have an inborn curiosity about the trees & the plants, animals & insects, their bodies, the planets etc. and this module focuses on two key areas of the Montessori pedagogy, Arts and Culture.  Montessori children frequently astonish adults with their in-depth knowledge of subjects such as biology, geography, simple science and history. During this module, you will be introduced to the Montessori didactic materials and activities that will allow you to  guide children to an appreciation of the world they live in.

Module 4 - Work Placement Programme

As the philosophy of Montessori was “Learning by Doing” then it is only natural that work experience in an approved Montessori school, under the guidance of a qualified and experienced Montessori directress, be an integral part of your learning journey. During the placement programme of 50 hours, you will have the opportunity to put into practice the exercises and skills you will have learned during the programme. You will have the opportunity by using these skills to stimulate, develop and guide the children under your direction to develop to their full potential. Our tutors and programme management team are available to help you secure a suitable work placement during your studies.   Reflective learning nature of this the programme makes up 20% of every module. The assessment strategy for the programme allows the learner to reflect on all aspects of their academic and practical learning journey.

Assessment Criteria

Collection of work, Practical Skills Demonstration, Modular Exams

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

Class Sizes

We are committed to ensuring you gain the most, academically and personally, during your study time with Portobello.  To facilitate this, we limit our class sizes to a maximum of 14 students on part-time programmes. With these uniquely small classes, we create the environment for you get to know everyone in your group, you can then feel comfortable and confident to ask questions and our tutors have the time to attend to the needs of each and every student. Many of our students tell us of the lifelong friendships they have made during their study time with Portobello.

Assignment Support

We understand the challenge of completing assignments at third level, the new skills and the change in thinking sometimes needed to put on paper, all that you have learned. We offer our students the opportunity to submit a draft assignment for informal feedback before submitting the final version. We care about your success, we want you to achieve the best you can and we offer you the individual support to acquire the skills you need to communicate what you have learned whilst studying with Portobello Institute.

T.E.S.G - Technical Employment Support Grant

We accept funding from T.E.S.G. You may be eligible for funding through this government initiative. Please contact your local welfare office to arrange an interview. 




Name: Montessori Intensive

Cost: 1999 Euro

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Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 02/07/18 - 27/07/18
  • Mon - Fri 9.45am -4.30pm