Welcome to our Early Years Department
The Early Year’s department is the backbone of the Institute with programmes in deliverance since the establishment of the Institute with childcare courses in 1982.
Year on year, both our graduates and alumni have made many significant impacts within the early year’s sector in Ireland with many of them successfully opening and running their own schools and early years settings, working within the county childcare committees, Pobal, DCYA and many teaching on early years programmes with other Institutes on both undergraduate and post graduate programmes around the country.
In our Early Years department we recognise that a fully flexible approach to learning is vital to meet the requirements of today’s learners. Learners can now study QQI qualifications in Special Needs, Montessori and EECE with the greatest flexibility through part-time, blended and distance learning. These study options are in place for learners wishing to start a new career in Special Needs Assisting, Montessori and ECCE and for those working in industry looking to upskill on current qualifications.
For those wishing to progress to degree level we offer Level 7 & 8 in Early Childhood studies through multiple deliveries accredited by London Metropolitan University.
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Portobello tutors make returning to education less daunting for Halima Ansari. “All tutors were very approachable, friendly and helpful in their manner. It can be a very daunting experience going back into education after so many years, but the tutor support made the whole experience more comfortable for me”.
“My whole journey in college has been truly life changing. I have gained so much, and I can honestly say to anyone if you feel you want to go to college…. You can do it! That mountain is high and hard to climb but it is so worth it … Follow your dreams and believe in yourself, you can be anything yo
The tutors and staff at Portobello have been and still are my backbone. Every single email and cry is answered. They really want the best for each student and it shows in how they work with each individual.
Frankie Cullen, BA (Hons)