If you’ve completed your Stage 1 Early Years, have a particular interest in children with special needs and wish to graduate with the Level 6 professional award then this is the course for you. Young minds and hearts depend on the professionalism of those who care for and educate them and children with extra needs deserve the best.

Students will undertake 150 hours of Professional Practice in a minimum of 2 early Years of Early Years settings per annum. The settings will include birth -2 yrs 8 months, and 2 yrs 8 months to 6 years. All Professional Practice placements must be carried out with an ELC provider currently registered with Tusla. Learners must be garda vetted before going on the placement. Embedded in this course are extra training opportunities.

Vivienne Mullane: “I am working as a Special Needs Assistant in St Johns Primary School, the course, especially the module Children with additional needs provided me with invaluable experience and help to prepare me for my job”

Sarah O Mahony: “I am working as an Early Years Educator in Little Einstein Pre – school; I got this position from my work placement. This course really provided me with great practical experience that I now carry out in my setting.”

Kirsty Maguire, Anna Musial, Ana Ruis Fernandes and Rita Ujvari have all continued to study at Level 6, and have “made lifelong friends”.

Sarah O'Mahony, Ana Ruis Fernandes, Anna Musial, Kirsty Maguire, Vivienne Mulland and Rita Ujvari, Early Childhood Care and Education