Dunboyne College of Further EducationChildcare and Special Needs Assistant QQI Level 5

Childcare and Special Needs Assistant QQI Level 5

1 Year Full Time Course
Further Education and PLC
Academic year Sept 2022 - May 2023

Course description

Childcare / Special Needs Assistant

QQI Level 5/6 Early Learning and Care

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.

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


• 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. EXAMPLES OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRESSION: 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)

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 www.dunboynecollege.ie

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