Course Description

Childcare and Special Needs Assistant

Dunboyne College of Further Education

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 creche/community care/healthcare industries or as a link to childcare or early childhood education courses in many IT colleges throughout the country. This course is ideal for both school leavers and experienced mature persons who are 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.

A theoretical approach to childcare and special needs assisting will be complemented by practical experience. The following modules will be offered in 2017 subject to availability and demand.

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

Course Code 5M2009
College Name Dunboyne College of Further Education
Course Category Child Development, Childcare, Education, Special Needs Assistant Training
Course Type Classroom Based
Course Location Dunboyne, Meath, Ireland
Delivery mode Classroom based
Course Start Date 10th September 2018
Course End Date 17th May 2019
Course Duration One Year
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding QQI Level 5 in Early Childhood Care & Education 5M2009
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 at
Career Path Graduates may pursue degree courses in Maynooth University, DCU, University of Limerick, UCC, as well as in IT Blanchardstown, IT Carlow and many other IT colleges around the country. Students may also 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 access 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.
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Course Provider

Dunboyne College of Further Education

01 8015968
Dunboyne Business Park, Dunboyne, Meath, Ireland

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