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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.

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”.

Successful completion of the Montessori Teaching (part 1 & 2) distance learning course qualifies learners as Montessori Teachers for the 3-6 year range who may seek employment for this role within the pre-school sector. By the end of Montessori Teaching learners will be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of both the local and national frameworks which guide the education and care provision of Early Years settings, specialising in Montessori Pedagogy and Curriculum for the 3-6 year old. Over one hundred years ago, Maria Montessori, the first female physician in Italy, devised a very different method of educating children, based on her observations of how they naturally learn. Today, Montessori education is more in line with what developmentalists now know about how children learn and develop.

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.

By choosing to study this course with Portobello Institute, students will have access to course materials from our online learning centre for the duration of the course. The course materials for this QQI certified course are thorough and easy to read and can be downloaded in your own time and from the comfort of your own home. You will also be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of the course who will help you with any challenges you may encounter. In addition you will be able to upload assignments online and receive online feedback. You can use our online learning centre from any computer that has internet access. However, access to a computer is not compulsory as we can arrange for everything to be processed by post. There is an additional administration cost of €30 for this service.

Qualification Gained

 Level 6 Major Award in Early Years Care and Education

This major award is made up of the following minor awards;
• Early Learning Environment - 15 credits
• Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy - 15 credits
• Early Childhood Arts and Culture - 15 credits
• Work Experience - 15 credits
• Child Development - 15 credits
• Early Childhood Curriculum - 15 credits
• Childhood social, Legal & Health Issues - 15 credits
• Personal & Professional Development - 15 credits

Course Structure

Portobello Institute’s Montessori Teaching course is delivered in 2 parts

Part 1 includes the following modules;
• Early Learning Environment
• Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy
• Early Childhood Arts & Culture
• Work Experience

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 this is a distance learning course students work at their own pace.  Each student has 18 months to complete this course. You are required to attend 6 weekend workshops (Sat and Sun) and 1 final skills demonstration day, these workshops take place in our Dublin Campus for part 1 See workshop schedule here

For part 2 you must complete 1 workshop per module, so a total of 4 workshops. See workshop schedule here.

Course Delivery

  • Online Learning Centre (requires internet access), or
  • By Post (note that there is an admin fee of €30 for postal students)

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.

Study Options

The Montessori Pedagogy (part 1) and the Early Years Care modules (part 2) are priced separately to facilitate those who already hold the Early Years Care and Education Major Award and want to study only Montessori Teaching. Please contact Megan Corr on 01 892 0024 or e: to enrol for Montessori Pedagogy only

    Montessori Pedagogy modules  €2,345
    Early Years Care Modules €600
    Montessori Pedagogy and Early Years Care L6 Major Award €2,445
        Discounted price from €2,945 to €2,445 when booking both part 1 & part 2
    Above pricing includes all exam fees

Course Content Modules

  1. Early Learning Environment
    - Montessori Philosophy, Practical Life Skills and Sensorial Education
  2. Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy
    - Montessori Language Development and Montessori Mathematics
  3. Early Childhood Arts and Culture
    - Montessori Arts and Culture
  4. Work Experience 
    Over the duration of the course. Learners will spend 50 hours applying work skills to consolidate child development and learning in a Montessori school. This work experience is considered an integral part of the continuing learning process in which the Learner learns to apply the knowledge gained during the course.
  5. Child Development
  6. Early Childhood Curriculum
  7. Childhood Social, Legal & Health Issues
  8. Personal & Professional Development

Please note Students can book individual modules separately. Please contact the college for details.


Name: Montessori Part 1 - Early Years Care and Education. Distance Learning

Cost: 2445 Euro

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Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • Students can enroll anytime
  • Study at your own pace

Additional Course Costs

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  • QQI Registration Fee: Included in course cost
  • Insurance fee: €98