Early Childhood Care and Education (Additional Needs)

Course Description


This programme will enable students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work with children with special needs as a Childcare/Special Needs Assistant in a creche, playgroup, after-school day care, or similar setting.  Students will develop skills and experience in the field of special needs with the selection of appropriate elective components and work experience.  The focus of the programme is to develop the interpersonal, social and practical skills necessary to work in early years additional needs education

Course Content

  • Child Development
  • Child Health and Wellbeing
  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Communications
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Early Childhood Education and Practice
  • Equality and Disability
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience

Please note that the combination of components outlined above may be subject to revision.


QQI Early Childhood Care and Education Award: 5M2009

Progression / Employment

Students will acquire the skills necessary to take up employment as a childcare or special needs assistant in a variety of childcare settings.  Students may be eligible to apply to Third Level Colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme.  Links to third level from Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009

Entry Requirements

Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent. All applicants must have two references and are subject to individual and group interview.  Applications are welcome from mature students with relevant experience.

Please download the Garda Vetting Application Form and bring the completed form to your interview.

Parent/Guardian consent form (for students who are under 18)