Children’s Healthcare Assistant Level 5

Children’s Healthcare Assistant Level 5

About The Course

1 Year Full Time Children’s Healthcare Assistant Course
QQI Level 5

Healthcare support for children is extremely rewarding as a career. Children have unique needs and our experienced staff will guide you through the theory, skills and attitudes to assist children from 0-18 years with their health and wellbeing and learn how to communicate with families.

Our highly experienced staff will lead you to realise the importance of developmental milestones in your work experience with children in hospitals, childcare and special needs settings.

Work Experience

Work experience placements take place in any setting working with children’s health and wellbeing including hospitals, special education and community health services and you will attend for 1 day per week and a block placement in the Spring.

Course Coordinator: Paula Faller

  • Child Development
  • Child Health and Well being
  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Care Support
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Work Experience
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Care Skills
  • Communications

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Healthcare Support 5M4339

Additional Certification

  • Manual Handling and Patient Lifting
  • First Aid and Cardiac First Response
  • Children First – TUSLA
Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 5 subjects.
or Leaving Certificate Applied.
or QQI Level 4.
Equivalent qualifications will be accepted

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants who have relevant experience and may not meet the above requirements are welcome to apply.

Progression Opportunities and Employment Prospects

Progression Opportunities

QQI 5M4339 Healthcare Support is a major award and may be used to access the CAO courses through the Higher Education Links Scheme including Level 8 courses in TUD, NCI and SETU Carlow, Early Childhood Care and Education; DCU, Education-Early Childhood Education and Health & Society.

Employment Prospects

Employment as a HCA in Children’s Health Ireland hospitals, St. John of God and Menni Services, Stuarts Hospital, Cheeverstown House, and similar special needs settings.


I’m currently employed as a Children’s Healthcare Assistant for CHI at Tallaght University Hospital in the paediatric outpatients department. I love my job and I’m so glad I took a leap of faith and applied to Inchicore College (Michèle Moules)