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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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A complete career change for Kate

Kate studied full time for 1 year and secured a great job in childcare. Her success has motivated her to undertake her degree through blended learning.

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A Montessori qualification in just one month!

Maria took a month out from her teaching job in Paris to come to Portobello for intensive training in the Montessori method and was amazed by how much she learned.

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What can you do with an Early Childhood degree?

Our Early Years department reflect on the many paths available to Early Childhood degree graduates.

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Iryna Fox

Early Years Degree Programme Manager

Iryna worked as a tutor at Portobello before commencing her PM role. Now working in this role allows Iryna to combine her higher education background with a real passion for advancement of Early Childhood Care and Education.

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Olivia Hamil

Early Years and SNA Programme Manager

Oliva Hamil has five years experience of working in the EY industry as well as over thirteen years of fostering children with special needs. She is qualified with a H-Dip in Early Childhood Care and Education and a MA in Child, Youth & Family.

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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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Childcare Practioners Required Immediately

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Knocklyon Lodge Creche and Montessori are hiring

Two positions available for Early Years educators, one with Level 7 and one with Level 5.

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Horizons Montessori School are hiring for two positions

Horizons Montessori School is looking for a fulltime Senior Montessori Teacher and an afternoon Homework Club Teacher.

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