Special Needs Assistant QQI Level 5

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Special Needs Assistant

This childcare programme develops skills, knowledge and understanding of the special needs assistant role. It will promote good practice among those working with special needs children in the primary or secondary class room situation, crèche, playschool or day care centre for children with special needs.

Programme Content:

  • Child Health & Well Being
  • Early Care 7 Education Practice
  • Early Childhood Education & Play
  • Disability Awareness
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Work Experience
  • Child Development
  • Children with Additional Needs

Additional Qualifications (optional):

  • Manual Handling Training
  • PHECC First Aid Responder
  • Lamh (sign language)



Award: QQI Level 5  5M2009


Career Opportunities

Primary or Secondary Schools employ Special Needs Assistants (SNA) to work in a variety of educational settings.


Progression Route

QQI Level 6 Childcare – Colaiste Chathail Naofa

BA in Early Years/Childhood Studies – UCC (15 reserved QQI places)

BA in Early Childhood Studies – WIT (3 reserved CNN places)

BA in Youth & Community Work – UCC (5 reserved QQI places)




Special Needs Assistant QQI Level 5
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Special Needs Assistant QQI Level 5
  • By Aisling Cusack
  • Email: aislingcusack@wwetb.ie

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