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Insight into our Early Years department

With our spring intake of courses fast approaching we are delighted to share a snapshot into Iryna Fox, programme manager for our Early Years degrees at Portobello Institute. We want to give an insight into the sheer level of related support in place across our programmes to those who are commencing their studies with us this autumn.  Also, to confirm to anyone considering enrolling on a degree course of the relevant support system in place for all learners.

Before commencing her role as PM Iryna had been working as a tutor at Portobello Institute within the early years department and so understands students.  Iryna admires the learner profile of the early years students, most of whom are mature learners who work and study. Their goal is to advance in their career or to embark on a career change. Iryna is determined to provide full support to them in their learning journey.  “Portobello students know what they want, and they are prepared to work hard and make sacrifices in order to achieve their goals.”   

Iryna comes with a wealth of relevant experience combining a background in both Linguistics and Early Childhood Education and Care. She taught at the English Language Department of Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev (Ukriane) and was involved in student research projects. After moving to Ireland and having her own family, she developed a keen interest in Early Childhood Education and Care and subsequently qualified as a Montessori teacher and worked across a number of Irish preschools. 

Highly educated including a Candidate of Sciences Degree in Linguistics degree, which is comparable to a PhD, a diploma in Montessori Teaching, BA (Hons) degree in Early Childhood Studies, Iryna is currently studying for an MA in Education and Training.  Some particular interests include early language development, early literacy and working with bilingual/multilingual children. 

Having moved to Ireland to new challenges of her own Iryna understands and is sensitive to the trials of her learners having to juggle family life, work and study in their commitment to further study. Portobello Institute being a small institution personal attention and support is fundamental to what we do, understanding the importance of support for study at this level. 

For full details and to start your inspiring journey to a degree in Early Childhood Studies please contact Jennifer on 01 8920031 or


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