The College, located in Blackrock Co Dublin was founded in 1986 by Anne Clinch, a paediatric nurse. She identified the need for quality training for childcare practitioners in Ireland. The organisation grew in size over the years under her tutelage, and now offers programmes in Childcare, Montessori Education, Special Needs Assisting, Healthcare & Business.

CPE programmes are offered at our main Centre at Smurfit Business School, Carysford Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin, City Colleges, South Great Georges St, Dublin and at Ashfield College in Templeogue, as well as regionally throughout Ireland. The programmes offered through CPE are recognised and accredited programmes on the National Framework of Qualifications and are, therefore, a real stepping stone for progression to employment, advancement and/or further education.

  • The aim of the college is to prepare learners for fulfilling and challenging futures.
  • CPEs progression philosophy is to offer active learning through a combination of theory and practice through a wide variety of programme delivery methods, such as full-time, part-time, blended learning and online.

The College received their formal QQI accreditation in 2003 and consistently receives excellent reports from QQI monitors on the quality of our learners work as well as our internal verification and external authentication processes.

The College has staff members serving on the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Childcare Committee, The Association of Healthcare Assistants in Ireland, The Dublin City Childcare Committee Sub Training group, the Association of Childhood Professionals and Montessori Education Ireland.

The College has an extensive network of tutors in the areas of Childcare, Montessori, Special Needs Assistants and Business.   All of our tutors are highly qualified in their respective fields and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Our head office is based at 8-10 Rock Hill, Main Street, Blackrock. Our offices are open 9.00 am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday. Phone us on 01 4884300 or email us

The Early Childhood Care and Education,  the ECCE with Montessori and  the Nursing Studies/Health Care Support Full time programmes are delivered at The UCD Blackrock Campus, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.
This is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the Blackrock DART Station, and is also well serviced by other public transport. Parking is also available in the vicinity.