SNA With Early Learning and Care – New 2024

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Course Content

Y o u t h W o r k & S o c i a l S t u d i e s ( w i t h S N A )
  • Professional Practice Placement in ELC
  • Children’s Rights, Legislation and Regulation
  • Early Childhood Growth and Development
  • Curriculum, Play and Creative Studies
  • Understanding and Assisting
  • Children with Additional Needs
    Holistic Care of Children(birth to six years)
  • Special Needs Assisting 5N1786

Course Description

This one year programme is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and practical skills required to work as a Special Needs Assistant in a variety of educational settings.


5M21473 QQI Level 5 SNA With Early Learning & Care


Career Opportunities

Graduates can progress to employment as a Special Needs Assistant along with a range of other employment opportunities including:

Early Years Educator | AIM Support Worker | Classroom Assistant | Afterschool Assistant | Preschool Assistant | Childminding


The number of SNA posts in Ireland will increase with an additional 1,194 special needs assistant jobs available in our schools in 2024

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Progression to degrees

Graduates can progress to a variety of degree programmes including:

DKIT|Early Chilhood Studies|Level 8
DKIT|Social Care|Level 8
NUIG|Early Childhood Studies and Practice|Level 8
TU Dublin|Early Childhood Care and Education|Level 8
DCU|Early Childhood Education|Level 8
DCU|Education and Training|Level 8 b

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Fees For The Academic Year 2024 – 2025

All courses have a Registration Fee of €30 (non-refundable).

A non-refundable Registration fee of €30 will be payable on acceptance of a PLC place. Essential course materials may be required for some courses the cost of which will be borne by the student.

All fees are subject to change. All fees must be paid with a Credit/Debit card online. No cash is acceptable.

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The modules I enjoyed the most were Psychology and Understanding Youth Work. The teachers really invest time with the students and they are friendly and helpful, making the course a positive learning experience. I met some really great people with a shared interest and made friends for life while confirming my career area.

Saoirse Parry Youth Work Graduate, 2018

Ó Fiaich Institute gave me the opportunity to follow a dream of going to college. The teachers were extremely supportive and encouraged us, the course equipped me with the skills to academically write and gave me the confidence to go on to study Social Care in DKIT. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity of a place on the Erasmus+ programme Malaga with work placement. This was a amazing experience I would recommend anyone to do a PLC in Ó Fiaich

Chloe Healy Youth Work 2022