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Early Years & Montessori

Whether you choose to study full-time, part-time or through distance learning there is a study option to suit you. Our courses are QQI approved and internationally recognised. We also offer degree programmes accredited by London Metropolitan University.

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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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Success Stories

Kate Walsh on her journey to Level 7

Since qualifying from her Montessori course and landing her dream job Kate has now enrolled on Level 7 degree

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Halima Ansari's journey to completing her degree

Halima shares her inspirational journey to completing her degree in Early Childhood Studies

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Emma Nixon's journey to QQI Level 6 in Early Childhood Care

From as long as she could remember, Emma loved children and a very happy as a stay at home mum to her beautiful children

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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)

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