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This full time Special Needs Education course is designed to introduce students to the key areas of caring for children of a school going age and promotes their understanding of the underpinning theoretical framework of childcare principles and practice.

The Special Needs Education course will show students how to develop the skills and knowledge to plan, implement and evaluate school age childcare programmes to provide opportunities for education, play, recreation and rest. They will also learn how to integrate children with special needs into these activities. Students will develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to work with children who have additional needs, and support their inclusion and integration in an early childhood care and education service. They will understand the importance of inclusive practice within the early childhood service in supporting all childrens' development, recognise the characteristics of a wide range of learning difficulties and conditions and appreciate the range of skills and knowledge necessary to work with, and support, children and families with additional needs. There is a requirement for 50 hours work experience where students will develop core skills in childcare practice. It promotes the ability of students to work effectively in childcare settings and integrate all elements of practice within a coherent framework.

Qualifications Gained

  • QQI Level 5 Major Award, Certificate in School Age Childcare DSACX

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. Acceptance to Full Time courses is interview based, there are no specific points requirements.

Course Structure

This is a full time course delivered over 1 academic year.

Course Content Modules

  1. Communications
  2. Child and adolescent development
  3. Health awareness
  4. School age childcare
  5. Work Experience
  6. Integrating children with additional needs
  7. Special needs assisting
  8. Understanding special needs

Back to Education Allowance

If you are currently unemployed and in receipt of a social welfare payment you may be eligible to the Back to Education Allowance which allows you to return to education and still retain your welfare payment  You must be aged 21 or over and be accepted onto an accredited full time course to meet the criteria. Please speak with your local welfare office to discuss your eligibility as there may be an alternative route.

Protection for Learners

QQI have introduced a mandatory insurance protection policy fee that must be paid by students enrolled on all courses with a duration of 12 weeks or over. This insurance cost is in addition to your course fees. 


Name: Early Years Care & Education - Inclusive Education

Cost: 4896 Euro

To Book this course, please make a payment of 50 Euro deposit using the Book Now button. Please read and understand both the Terms of Enrolment and Course Payment Information before paying for your course. Details of all our policies as well as refunds, cancellations, installment options and how to pay offline are contained in these two important documents.

Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 08/10/18 - 26/04/19
  • Start/end times will vary from day to day

Additional Course Costs

Please read Course Payment Information for full details as to when you will make these additional course payments.

  • Protection for learners insurance fee: €196
  • Exam Fee: included