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Early Childhood Care and Education with Special Needs Assisting 5M2009


This is a one year full time childcare course designed to equip candidates to work as members of a professional team in the area of childcare.

This course introduces learners to a general working knowledge and understanding of children in early childhood. Students gain first hand experience throughout the year by attending work placements in a variety of settings.

This course is designed to develop the caring, practical, communication and intellectual skills essential for working with children.


All applicants will be considered. If the Leaving Certificate has been completed, details should be submitted with your application. Mature learners may be exempt from the academic requirements.  First round offers will be made in May to all eligible applicants with subsequent offers made in September


  • Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
  • Child Development 5N1764
  • Art and Craft in Childcare 5N1796
  • Special Needs Assisting 5N1786
  • Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
  • Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
  • Word Processing 5N1358
  • Customer Service 5N0972
  • Work Experience 5N1365
  • First Aid Responder PHECC certified*


This course provides graduates with a QQI Level 5 Early Childhood Care and Education Major Award 5M2009


Learners complete work experience each Friday for 120 hours. Many Graduates obtain employment as a result of their work experience placement.


This course leads to a career in Early childhood and our  graduates  are emoloyed in local Early Care settings, CenterParcs and as Special Needs Assistants in Pre-school, Primary and Post Primary education settings.
Through the QQI FET Links Scheme-Graduates can apply entry to Year 1 of related courses in the area of Early Childhood in Universities and many other courses in Institutes of Technology with continuity of SUSI grant / BTEI  if applicable. Examples of linked courses include:

Athlone Institute of Technology
AL764 /AL864  Early Years Care and education (Level 7 /8)
AL860 Social care Practice (Level 8)
NUI Maynooth
MH101 Arts
Mary Immaculate College Limerick
MI007 Early Childhood Education Level 8  – with access to Primary Teaching


Whilst employment may be sought after this one year course, students can elect to progress further and avail of advanced courses through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Through this scheme, learners can apply for advanced courses in social care, and childcare in a number of the Institutes of Technology.

For further details see the Central Applications Office web site ( Graduates can also find entry level childcare positions and with the benefit of a years exposure to childcare, entry to other employment opportunities is also greatly facilitated.

* Pediatric First Aid Responder will being offered as an optional extra, at extra cost

for further details contact Ms Lorraine Larney, PLC Coordinator,

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