The early year’s sector in Ireland employs over 20,000 people who work directly with children, with services typically having multiple staff with varying levels of qualification.  Early Childhood education in Ireland covers the period from birth to 6 years which supports the development and educational achievement of children through high quality early education. The most prominent forms of provision in Ireland include pre-schools, crèches, Montessori and after school settings.

Over the last number of years the sector has experienced significant changes in both its qualifications profile and work environment for its workforce and in the last 12 months there has been a notable increase in the average qualification levels of childcare staff.   Career prospects are ongoing across these provisions in Ireland and to demonstrate the ever prevalent job market we have selected a number of recent job vacancies shared by prestigious Montessori schools and childcare settings with Portobello Institute. In full support of the early years sector Portobello Institute welcome jobs adverts on our website.

Some of the current opportunities include:

Larkin Childcare Facility, Dublin 3Ladybug Childcare, Ranelagh, Dublin 6Rowan House Montessori, Blackrock, Co Dublin, Busy Fingers Crèche, Co Kildare, Oakmount Crèche at UCD and Willow Montessori School, Dublin 18.

In support of this ever changing sector Portobello Institute continues to offer relevant training in Early Years from ECCE Level 5 through to Level 8.  The Level 5 course is the minimum requirement and covers all fundamentals for working in the sector. The QQI Level 5 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education ultimately qualifies students to work in the sector having developed the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes.

For those wishing to progress to the role of a room leader and to benefit from other subsidies requires them to have a minimum QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education. The course includes ECCE and Montessori and as such provides learners with a significant level of competence that enables them to work as highly skilled professional in the sector.

A full Award at Level 7 is required to qualify for the higher capitation rate and equips graduates to be competent, reflective and responsive practitioners in early years’ care and education settings. Graduate are welcome to continue with their studies to their level 8 honours degree.

In short, having formal qualifications provides employees with the necessary skills and confidence to work in a variety of available childcare settings and with further study ultimately brings more opportunity. For full course details call us on 01 8920040 or email jennifer.matteazzi@portobelloinstitute.ie