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Childcare - Special Needs Assisting

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Childcare - Special Needs Assisting

Course Code: CI061
Course Level: 5
Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education
QQI Code: 5M2009
Duration: 1 Year
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Childcare - Special Needs Assisting
Children at play

Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Course Description
This course will provide students with the knowledge, skills and qualifications necessary to pursue a career in the area of early years care and education. This childcare course will offer additional opportunities for students who wish to specialise in working as a special needs assistant in a variety of early years care and education settings. Students will receive training in the basic practical skills, knowledge and understanding of the role of the special needs assistant in crèches, playschools, primary schools, etc. Many childcare settings in Ireland are now seeking QQI level 5 qualifications for their employees in line with the requirements of the ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education) scheme and new legislative requirements for the sector.

Course Content

  • Child Development
  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Communications
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Infant and Toddler Years
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience
  • Occupational First Aid


Career Opportunities
This course will give students a firm foundation in the qualities and skills required for employment as a childcare worker in crèches and playschools and as a classroom assistant in a special national school.

Progression Opportunities
At Cavan Institute: Graduates of this course may progress to study for a FETAC/QQI Level 6 Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education.
Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular Institution regarding local eligibility requirements).
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