Childcare/Special Needs Assistant

early childhood care & education 5M2009 (optional year 2 QQI level 6 now available)

what is childcare?

This one year course will aim to prepare participants for work with young children in the rapidly expanding world of childcare and crèche supervision/management. The childcare worker needs the social, communication and caring skills to work with individuals and groups. Childcare will lay a foundation for these skills and provide the work experience to put learning into practice. This course will serve as training for crèche/community care/healthcare industries or as a link to childcare or early childhood education courses in many IT colleges throughout the country. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced mature persons seeking a formal education. There is now a QQI Level 6 Certificate available in Dunboyne College of Further Education which will run subject to availability and demand.

course content

A theoretical approach to childcare and special needs assisting will be complemented by practical experience. The following modules will be offered in 2016 subject to availability and demand:

  • School Age Childcare
  • Child Development
  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Early Care and Education Practice                 
  • Communications
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Work Experience
  • Child Health and Wellbeing
  • Word Processing
  • Special Needs Assisting    


QQI Level 5 in Early Childhood Care & Education 5M2009

career opportunities

Graduates may pursue a diploma or degree in many of the IT colleges around the country or, alternatively, may seek immediate employment in a range of childcare centres, classrooms or community initiatives. There are now a large range of certificates, ordinary and honours degree courses available to graduates on the newly expanded QQI links programme. For example Childcare graduates can acces the 83 places in First Arts in Maynooth University, or progress to DIT, DCU, IT Blanchardstown, IT Dundalk, UL and UCC. In fact all the IT colleges allow access onto their certificate and degree course in Early Childhood Studies/ Social Care.

entry requirements

  • Leaving Cert or LCA
  • Mature Students of all backgrounds
  • Other equivalent qualification

All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications.

Apply directly here.