Childcare at SCFE

Early Childhood Care & Education including Special Needs Assistant – Dublin

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009
Accredited Training in Lámh Sign Language Programme
Occupational First Aid
Certificate in Manual Handling

Special Needs Assisting (SNA)
School Age Childcare
Creative Arts in Early Childhood

Duration: One Year Full-Time

At Sallynoggin College of Further Education, near Dun Laoghaire in Dublin we offer an Early Childhood Care & Education course, which equips learners with the practical skills necessary for employment in the childcare services sector. The National Curriculum Framework Aistear and the National Quality Framework Síolta are essential elements of the course. Learners will study a range of core subjects and specialisms enabling them to pursue their particular areas of interest.

Learners who successfully complete a QQI Level 5 Certificate may be able to use their results to progress to related Level 7 and Level 8 Degree Programmes in Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology. Third level progression opportunities for QQI learners are continually being developed and enhanced. Please visit or for the most up to date information.

Former learners have advanced to Childcare Management at Level here 6 in SCFE and to Degree Programmes in DIT, IT Blanchardstown and NUI Maynooth to study Early Childhood Teaching and Learning, Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Care.


My journey in Sallynoggin College of Further Education began in 2012. In the beginning my goal was simply to gain my FETAC Level five and go out and work. This soon quickly changed. Through hard work, constant support and help from incredible teachers I realised that I was capable of much more.

I went on to complete my FETAC Level 6 and decided to continue on my studies and progress to third level. I have just completed my second year of my level 8 and will be beginning my 3rd year in September. I would without a doubt recommend anyone and everyone who has an interest in childcare to study at SCFE. It is not just a college, it is a place where students are given constant support whether it is academically or personally. It gives people who were not the best in school a second chance to achieve goals they never in a million years thought would be possible. You also gain friendships that will last a lifetime. The course itself offers students a variety of modules with relation to the child care sector. It also gives students a chance to gain hands on experience within the field through going on placement.

I graduated in 2014 and still to this day have support from the teachers regarding any help I may need with assignments or presentations. Before starting in SCFE education was never something I had an interest in and now it is something I’m extremely passionate about” 

Hi all my name is Charlotte and I would like to talk about my time studying at Sallynoggin College. I started SCFE commencing on a Fetac 5 Childcare course with advancing in to the Fetac 6. When starting SCFE I had no idea how I was going to juggle being a single parent and completing the course but due to such fabulous support and guidance from the teachers they not only helped me finish my Fetac 6 in Childcare Management but gave me the confidence to progress  into 3rd level education as I’m currently studying at Trinity College Dublin completing a level 8 Bachelors degree in Nursing currently entering into my 3rd year.

My journey through education started with SCFE and I truly believe my life would have been in a different direction without  my time spent there. Sallynoggin College was so much more than a childcare course it was the start of the rest of my life.

I really enjoyed my experience studying childcare at Sallynoggin College. At the beginning, I wasn’t really sure if childcare was the career for me. Upon starting this course I knew straight away that this was the right course choice for me with so many interesting modules, it really was an enjoyable experience.

The lecturers shared their funds of knowledge and experiences within each module, making it a very interesting and beneficial learning experience. The combination of theory and practical based learning was fantastic. This enabled me to develop my knowledge and improve my skills in many areas, which I have implemented into my current practice as a childcare professional. I really enjoyed my time studying here as it had a great atmosphere with friendly staff and students. This course encouraged me to participate in continuous professional development, as I have recently completed the BA Early Childhood Teaching and Learning Level 8 Degree in Maynooth University.

This was a fantastic opportunity for me as it was a part time degree for three years; alongside this I was able to work full time while completing my level 8 honours degree in the Early Years. Sally Noggin College provided me with the confidence and relevant experience to further my career and to be the childcare professional which I am today.

Last year I completed a QQI Level 5 course in Early Childhood Education and Care in Sallynoggin College which gave me the opportunity to continue my studies in IT Tallaght where I’m presently attending an Honours Degree in Social Care Practice.

Sallynoggin college is a gem of a place. Upon entering the doors, you are greeted with a welcoming vibe. I found the teachers to be extremely supportive, encouraging, knowledgeable and could not do enough for each student. Trips were organised for us and different learning strategies were applied. I gained valuable skills during my time there as well as making lifelong friends. I spent two years in this college graduating with a QQI Level 6 in Childcare Management. I was then able to gain advanced entry into Dublin Institute of Technology where I am completing a Degree in Early Childhood Education.


• Child Development
• Early Childhood Education and Play
• Early Care and Education Practice
• Child Health and Well-Being
• Work Experience
• Special Needs Assisting
• Communications
• Information Technology
• School Age Childcare
• Creative Arts for Early Childhood

Related Courses

Course Features and Facilities

• Workshops in specialised curriculums such as Highscope and Montessori
• Practical Workshops in Siolta and Aistear
• Practical demonstrations in care routines, face painting and Early Childhood materials
• Educational outings, field trips and guest speakers
• Interactive sessions using art, drama and music
• Continuous assessment of course work
• Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library

Work Experience

Learners will undertake organised work placements in a variety of Childcare
Services, including Tusla approved services and primary schools.

Career and Progression Opportunities

Employment in:

• Creches
• Community Playgroups
• Nurseries
• Primary Schools – Early Start Schools
• Centres offering ECCE free pre-school year
• Special Needs Settings
• Nanny / Child-minding / Au pair
• Family Support Services

Progression to:

• Childcare Management QQI Level 6 in SCFE
• Third level Degree Programmes in Ireland and the UK

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or equivalent,
LCA or relevant experience
Mature applicants welcome
Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements