Early Childhood and Education with SNA (Level 5)


This course offers a full award in Childcare over two years. After the first year, students will receive a certificate of modules covered. The course is suited to those intending to work with children. It also includes Special Need Assistant training.


Two years part-time (mornings) for the full award.

Students will receive a QQI component certificate at the end of the first year.



  • NEarly Care and Education Practice
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Work Experience


  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Child Development
  • Communications
  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Creative Arts for Early Childhood


NFQ Level 6 award made by QQI 5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education.

Career Options:

Students may find employment in a variety of Childcare settings or in a Primary or Second-level school as a Special Needs Assistant.

Third Level Progression:

This course allows progression to a reduced number of courses as it is spread over multiple years.

  • There are numerous degrees that allow progression in UCD including Social Policy DN750 and Psychology DN720.
  • Students may also apply for progression to Social Care Practice TA025 in IT Tallaght
  • DIT accept this course on their Early Childhood Education DT572 and Social Care DT571

Please contact guidancecounselling@greenhillscollege.ie with any queries.

Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme, QQI Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Work/life experience is acceptable for mature students.
  • Students should be 16 years or over at the start of the course.