childcare course

Advanced Special Needs Assisting – Dublin

QQI Level 6 Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education 6M2007
Accredited Training in Lámh Sign Language Programme
Occupational First Aid
Certificate in Manual Handling

Duration: One Year Full-Time

At Sallynoggin College of Further Education, near Dun Laoghaire in Dublin we offer a Level 6 Certificate in Advanced Special Needs Assisting, which is suited to participants who have already achieved Level 5 Certificate or equivalent in Childcare or related areas and who wish to develop their career opportunities. Learners who complete this course will be in a position to work in a School or Early years service as an SNA, Manage/Supervise employees in a variety of childcare services. In addition, some may chose to start their own business in the Childcare Sector or progress to third level colleges.

“My name is Chloe and I completed my Level 5 & 6 in Childcare in SCFE. I really enjoyed my time there, the teachers were so helpful and always gave me guidance if I needed it. I’m now in DCU, in third year, doing the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

Without Sallynoggin, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity for progression. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in working within the Childcare industry.”

Chloe Geoghegan

Learners who successfully complete a QQI Level 6 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.

Graduates of this QQI Level 6 course may also be considered for advanced entry to Year 2 of a related Degree programme in third level institutions in Ireland and the UK.

Former learners have progressed to third level colleges such as NUI Maynooth, DIT, IT Blanchardstown, Waterford IT and IT Carlow to study degree programmes in Early Childhood Teaching and Learning, Early Childhood Care and Education


  • Childcare Management
  • Curriculum Development
  • Team Leadership
  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Social Legal and Health Studies
  • Aistear and Siolta
  • ICT

Related Courses

Course Features and Facilites

  • Workshops in First Aid and Manual Handling.
  • Practical Workshops, lectures, group work and discussions
  • Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library
  • Wifi and Moodle

Work Experience

Learners will undertake organised work experience one day a week at a supervisory level in a variety of Health Service Executive (Tulsa) approved services including the Free Preschool Year services.

Employment Opportunities

Employment as:

  • Special Needs Assistant in Primary schools and Early Years services
  • Manager/Supervisor in a range of early years settings such as:
    – ECCE, Free Pre-school Year
    – Private or community childcare
    – Family support centre
    – Creche
    – Hospital play facility
  • Start and run your own Childcare business
  • Work for a National or Regional Childcare Support Agency

Entry Requirements

QQI/Level 5, CACHE or NNEB Diploma, City & Guilds Level 2 or 3 or any equivalent qualification
Mature applicants welcome
Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements