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We recognise that many learners are interested in working as special needs assistants in schools. This course allows learners to access jobs within this area, as well as equipping them with the qualification required to work in Early Years education or in creche/playgroup settings.

Students must complete a minimum of 120 hours of placement in a registered childcare setting or recognised primary school.

Garda vetting is mandatory for this course and is organised by the College.


One Year, Full Time


QQI Level 5 Award 5M2009
Early Childhood Care and Education


On completion of Early Childhood Care and Education Level 5, many students move directly to employment in crèches, preschools and other childcare settings. Some students choose to progress within the college to Early Childhood Care and Education, Level 6 QQI 6M2007
Graduates of the programme may also progress to Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Candidates need to have completed Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent.
Mature applicants welcome.
Must attend programme advisory meeting.


Child Development 5N1764
Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
Child Health and Well Being 5N1765
Special Needs Assisting 5N1786
Creative Arts for Early Childhood 5N1769
Children with Additional Needs 5N2396
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690


Registration fee €50
Course charge €350 *
( * Includes €200 Government Levy and QQI exam Fee)
Registration fee is non refundable, and secures course place.
Exemptions from Government Levy and QQI exam fee for medical card holders, those in Receipt of the SUSI grant, Back to Education Allowance or VTOS


Application is free via our website Further Education section.



Grange Community College
Grange Abbey Road
Dublin 13
Phone: +353 1 847 1422