• Course runs over 12 Weeks
  • Start Date: Wednesday 21st September 2022
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This course is designed for people working or planning to work with Children with special needs as a Special Needs Assistant.  Most special needs assistants will work in a crèche, playschool, day centre for children with special needs, primary or secondary school.


Learners will acquire knowledge, skills and competence in the role of the Special Needs Assistant, learning how to effectively relate to children with special needs.
Working within the principles of good practice (e.g confidentiality, inclusion, independence, boundaries,etc.) they will learn how to form appropriate relationships with the children, their parents, their primary carers, teachers and other professionals.

Preferred entry level and entry requirements

It is preferable that learners have either a QQI Level 4 certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences

On this course, learners will:

  • Explore the role and responsibilities of the Special Needs Assistant
  • Examine the qualities and skills of an effective Special Needs Assistant
  • Examine relevant legislation in relation to disability
  • Explore the rights of children with disabilities in relation to personal autonomy, participation and decision making
  • Relate effectively and appropriately to children who present with additional needs
  • Use care routines in feeding, toileting and general hygiene
  • Maintain appropriate relationships with children parents, primary carers, teachers and other members of the multidisciplinary team
  • Work effectively with children who present with disabilities under the direction of the classroom teacher
  • Assist children with disabilities in a range of activities, ensuring equality of opportunity through working in a safe and professional manner
  • Reflect on personal practice working with children, their parents or guardians and colleagues ensuring that children’s individuality is promoted and that their needs are met.

NOTE: Each learner must complete a minimum of 20 hours work experience to enable them to acquire knowledge, skill, competence and have assessments carried out in a notified Early Childhood Care and Education setting or recognised equivalent.