Childcare - Special Needs Assistant

Cavan Institute


Course Name Childcare - Special Needs Assistant
Course Provider Cavan Institute
Alternative Provider(s) Cavan & Monaghan ETB
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Course Code 6M21471 5M21473
Course Type PLC Post Leaving Cert
Award NameNFQ ClassificationAwarding BodyNFQ Level
Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ)  More info... Major QQI Level 5 NFQ
Level 6 Advanced Certificate (Level 6 NFQ)  More info... Major QQI Level 6 NFQ
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Attendance Options Full time, Daytime
Location (Districts) Cavan Town
Course Content

Expand+About This Course
This new, two-year programme will provide students with the knowledge skills and competencies to work in a Special Needs Assisting role with children and in a variety of other roles within the childcare early learning and care sect...

FET Code 6M21471 Early Learning and Care Stage 2 Level 6
5M21473 Early Learning and Care Stage 1 Level 5
Duration 2 years full-time.
Comment QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care will be awarded to graduates upon successful completion of year 2 of this programme. Students who wish to exit the award at the end of year 1 will be awarded the embedded award QQI Level 5 Certificated in Early Learning and Care upon successful completion of stage 1 of the programme.
Alternative Entry

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Cavan Institute welcomes mature applicants who wish to return to full-time education. Such applicants may not be required to have the minimum entry requirements. The Institute will look for satisfactory evidence of the applicants a...

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Course Fee Please refer to the Institute's website for a breakdown of the course fee (see "Link to Course Fee" above).

*The Post Leaving Certificate Government Levy of €200 is removed for 2022/2023.
Financial Support

Expand+1. PLC Maintenance Grant
Means-tested maintenance grants are available to eligible students attending approved full-time courses of further education in approved Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) centres, of which Cavan Institute is one.

Application Date

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On-line applications for the 2022/23 academic year are Open (via link below).

A valid email address must be used as correspondence may be made via email.

Your PPS Number is also required as part of the application process.


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Enrolment and Start Dates Comment Course commences in September 2022
Subjects Taught Child Development

Child Health and Well Being


Children with Additional Needs

Early Childhood Education and Play

Early Care and Education Practice

Infant and Toddler Years

Occupational First Aid

Special Needs Assisting

Word Processing

Work Experience
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.)

Applicants whose first language is not English require proficiency at B2 standard on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level.
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Careers or Further Progression

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This Childcare - Special Needs Assisting course will give students a firm foundation in the qualities and skills required for employment as a early learning and care worker in creches and playschools and as a classroom assistant...

Further Enquiries Cavan Institute,
Cathedral Road,
Co. Cavan.
H12 E426
Tel: +353 49 4332633
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