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Course Code: 5M2009

Course Content:

  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Education & Play
  • Child Health & Well Being
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Understanding Special Needs
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Word Processing

Students are also given the opportunity to avail of additional courses for example:

  • People Handling
  • First Aid Response (PHECC)
  • Infection Control




QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education.


This is a one year full-time course designed to provide students with the knowledge, practical skills and qualifications required to pursue a career caring for children, particularly children with additional needs. This course qualifies participants to work as SNAs in early years settings, primary and post-primary schools. The course is suitable for both school leavers and experienced or mature students seeking a formal qualification.

Progression and Career Options:

Successful graduates can opt to go directly into the world of work in schools, crèches and residential settings as Special Needs Assistants. 

Graduates may opt to continue to the QQI Level 6 course Early Childhood Care & Education within DIFE or progress to Degree courses in:

  • DCU
  • TU Dublin City Campus
  • DKIT
  • Maynooth
  • TU Blanchardstown Campus
  • UCC
  • Marino Institute of Education

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Student Testimonial:

 'The Childcare with Special Needs course in DIFE has given me more than what is required to work in the Special Needs Sector. I am confident in the standards I have been trained to adhere to and have the confidence to raise the bar in any new work environment. I am currently working full-time as an SNA in a primary school and loving it!'- Mary Mc Carthy (past student)


Drogheda Institute of
Further Education,

The Twenties, Drogheda, Co.Louth.

Phone: 041 9837105
Fax: 041 9841653
Email: dife@lmetb.ie


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