12 July, 2021 | Posted by Michelle Hogan

Portobello Presents: Expert-Led Webinar Series in Early Childhood Education

Portobello Institute Early Childhood Education Webinar Series

Portobello Institute's Early Years Department is proud to announce a series of expert-led webinars discussing important topics in Early Childhood Education.

This online series of free webinars gives you the opportunity to hear from leaders in early years education. They will discuss their research, experience and offer you access to their wealth of knowledge.

Each webinar can be accessed for free from anywhere in the world and will bring valuable, thought-provoking, practical advice and information to the fore in the early years sector.  

Our first webinar will be led by Dr Judith Butler, who will speak about Trauma-Sensitive and Relationship-Based Approaches in Early Childhood.

This webinar will take place on Monday, August 23rd from 7 – 8 pm, it is free to attend.

To come to this webinar, register here


Dr Judith Butler graduated from UCC with a PhD having gained prior qualifications in Montessori Teaching (birth- 12 years), Special Education and a first-class honours in Early Childhood Studies from UCC.  

She has completed Trauma Practitioner Training including Trauma Responsive Practice in Education, Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools and Children of Trauma & Resilience.  

She currently coordinates and lectures the BA in ECEC, and lectures on the B.Ed. in Montessori Education in MTU (Cork).

Her lecturing activities centre on Psychology including Developmental, Child and Educational Psychology, Holistic Health and Development.  

Following this webinar, Tim Gill will present his research and knowledge on ‘Risk in Outdoor Learning and Play’ on Monday, September 20th and Dr Nóirín Hayes will discuss ‘Embracing a Nurturing Pedagogical’ on Monday, November 8th. 

Each webinar will be led by our guest speaker, there will also be an early year's practitioner who will relate the topic of the talk to what the day-to-day implementation of the information looks like and a live questions and answers session with the speaker at the end. Each event will last roughly one hour. 

Part of Portobello Institute’s mission is to develop the involvement of STEM subjects in early childhood education so each event will ask the question of how science, technology, engineering and maths could play a role in relation to each topic. 

The webinars will be held on the platform ‘Hopin’ which you can access by registering and following a link to the event on the night. The link will be emailed to you in advance.  

We invite everyone working in the early years sector in any capacity to join us and engage in our talks which have been planned with the most recent challenges and developments in early childhood education in mind.

An e-certificate of attendance will be emailed to those who join on the night. 

Portobello Institute’s foundations lie in early years education since its establishment offering childcare courses in 1981.  

We look forward to welcoming you to the Portobello webinar experience, please register today and come along to share in the knowledge from these experts in early childhood education.  

Registration is now open to attend. Please sign up and share with your friends, Facebook groups and colleagues in early years.


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