Childcare CoursesMontessori CoursesHealthcare Courses and Special Needs Assistant Training, ECCE, Business, QQI Accredited Courses

Welcome to the College of Progressive Education. Since 1986 the College has been a Leading provider of QQI accredited Childcare & Montessori CoursesHealthcare Courses and Special Needs Assistant Training in Ireland. We deliver quality courses in an enjoyable and supportive adult learning environment.  All our tutors are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience with their learners and will be delighted to assist you in completing the programme of your choice.


Childcare Training Courses


Our Childcare training qualifications include:  Early Childhood Care, Therapeutic Child Care, Level 5 Childcare and Level 6 Childcare

SNA courses, Special Needs Assistant


 SNA training including:  SNA courses, SNA Qualifications, Level 5 Special needs Assistant training, Level 6 Special needs Assistant training.


Montessori training, Montessori courses, Montessori Teacher Training, Childcare and education, Childcare and Montessori


Healthcare training, Healthcare Courses, Healthcare Assistant Training, College of Progressive Education


 Healthcare courses include: Health Services Supervisory Management Skills, Nursing Studies, Healthcare Support, Care of the Older Person

Study Options

healthcare training courses, ECCE

Part Time Courses

Evening and Saturday courses and are 3 – 18 months part time evenings depending on the course of study.

Blended Learning

The blended learning programmes are delivered over a two year period for Childcare & Montessori and 6-10 months for SNA.

975 new SNA posts

“Special needs assistants have continued to play a key role in helping children to participate and progress”.    Today Richard Bruton has announced the addition of 975 new SNA posts between Primary and Post Primary Schools before the end of 2017.    These additional postings show the governments commitment to developing the independence skills of […]

10% Discount For Alumni

If you have already completed a course at The College of Progressive Education in the last three years, you can save 10% on the fees for your next course To enrol on a course and receive 10% off, just contact us on (01) 4884300 or e-mail:

For College of Progressive Education and the course for the Healthcare Assistant I have only good words to say. We had brilliant teachers who taught us many practical and useful things which I applied immediately when I started working. They were helpful and had a lot of patience. Any course I would be interested in in the future I would always check if College of Progressive Education has it. I had no problem finding a job and was offered a job even before I finished my course. You taught me a lot and equipped me with a knowledge which can never go away, with which I can help people and which makes me a better person. Thank you, I am eternally grateful.

Ivan Vrnoga

I knew very quickly after the course commenced that I had made the right decision to gain qualifications in Special Needs Assisting.  Our Tutor was very engaging and the course materials are very comprehensive.  It was my first time back in a classroom situation for 20 years+ and it gave me a lot of confidence.

Brenda Hoey

An enormous part of the course success was due to my tutor Karen Higgins, she was very supportive and motivating in class and online. Any question no matter how big or small was answered within the hour. She was always willing to give you extra help and encouragement. Karen’s knowledge of not only Montessori but childcare in general was invaluable. I would have no hesitation recommending the College of Progressive Education to anyone interested in working in early childcare education.

Louise Farrelly, Brightsparks Montessori

I have worked at Brightsparks Montessori and Daycare for 12 years as a Montessori and Childcare assistant. Having already achieved my level 6 in Childcare Supervision I decided to get the Montessori qualification. After researching lots of Colleges I found the College of Progressive Education Blended Learning course to be the best for me, as I could work full time and still achieve my qualification.  The course was intensive and challenging but it was also enjoyable and rewarding. There was ample time between each module to study the practical side of Montessori and also the philosophy.


Bernadette Kelly, Brightsparks Montessori


The majority of the College programmes are accredited by QQI at Level 5 or 6 to ensure learners meet or exceed the legislative requirements of the workplace. All our programmes are designed to prepare the learner for the workplace. 

Visit the QQI web site here to find out more about QQI awards and what they can do for you.

Quality and Qualifications Ireland, QQI, FETAC, Accreditation
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