Parttime Classroom Generic programmes and qualifications

Skills to Compete Special Needs Assisting (Evenings)

The aim of the programme is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the practices and principles underpinning the role of a Special Needs Assistant to enable the
learner to work effectively under direction in a special needs assisting capacity

Start Date: 24-09-2024 Hours/week: 06 Hrs 00 Mins Duration: 8 weeks


Day Mornings Afternoons Evenings
Education Requirements
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 4 when accessing a Level 5 programme

Age Requirements
Learners must have reached the statutory school leaving age

Learning Aptitude
Good verbal and written command of the English language with good comprehension skills.
Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.

Previous Experience

Module Award Body
Special Needs Assisting Special Needs Assisting (5N1786) QQI
Induction (Evenings)
On successful completion of the training programme learners will be able to:

1. Explore in the role and responsibilities of the Special Needs Assistant

2 Examine the qualities and skills of an effective Special Needs Assistant

3 Examine relevant legislation in relation to disability

4 Explore the rights of children with disabilities in relation to personal autonomy, participation and
decision making

5 Relate effectively and appropriately to children who present with additional needs

6 Use care routines in feeding, toileting and general hygiene

7 Maintain appropriate relationships with children parents, primary carers, teachers and other members of the multidisciplinary team

8 Work effectively with children who present with disabilities under the direction of the classroom

9 Assist children with disabilities in a range of activities, ensuring equality of opportunity through working in a safe and professional manner

10 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.


Evening Training


Waterford Training centre, Cork Road , Waterford , X91 PX02


  • Free Parking
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Tea/Coffee Making

Contact Details

Course Contact:
Teresa Greene Catherine Prendergast


051 301564/ 051 301593