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Childcare/Special Needs Assistant


  • 2 Year QQI Level 6 in Early Learning and Care (option of exiting after year 1 with a QQI Level 5)
  • First Aid Response
  • Child Protection Online Course


Graduates may pursue level 7/8 Early Childhood degree courses in Maynooth University, DCU, University of Limerick, UCC, Marino Institute of Education, as well as in TU Dublin - Blanchardstown, IT Carlow and many other IT colleges around the country. Students can progress to Year 3 of Early Childhood degrees in many UK Universities. Students may also seek immediate employment in a range of childcare centres, classrooms or community initiatives. Early Learning and Care graduates can access the 175 places in First Arts in Maynooth University, or progress to Social Care/Social Study degree programmes in TU Dublin and Primary School Teaching.



Maynooth: MH801 Early Childhood Teaching and Learning (Level 8, 3 Years)

TU Dublin – Blanchardstown: TU993 Early Childhood Care and Education (Level 8, 4 Years)

Marino Institute of Education: CM020 Early Childhood Education (Level 8, 4 Years)

TU Dublin – City Campus: TU995 Early Childhood Education (Level 8, 3 Years)

DCU: DC001 Early Childhood Education (Level 8, 4 Years)

Sunderland University (UK): Entry to Year 3 of BA in Childhood Studies (Level 8, 3 Years)




This two-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 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 Universities and IT colleges throughout the country and the UK. Successful applicants can also gain employment as a Special Needs Assistant sin a range of educational settings. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced mature persons seeking a formal education.


A theoretical approach to childcare and special needs assisting will be complemented by practical experience.

 The following modules will be offered in 2021, subject to availability and demand:

Level 5 – Year 1

• Professional Practice Placements in Early Learning and Care

• Legislation, Regulations and Children’s Rights

• The Developing Child

• Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies

• Understanding and Assisting Children with Additional Needs

• Holistic Care of Children

 Level 6 – Year 2

• Advanced Professional Practice Placements in Early Learning and Care

• Sociology and Social Policy in Early Learning and Care

• Developmental Psychology

• Curriculum and Pedagogy

• Supervision and Leadership in Early Learning and Care

• Inclusive Early Learning and Care

• Administration in the Early Learning and Care Sector


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

All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications.

Apply directly at www.dunboynecollege.ie