Early childhood development

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT NQF 4

  • PURPOSE

  • COURSE CONTENT

  • DELIVERY

  • ENTRY LEVEL REQUIREMENT

  • CAREER POSSIBILITIES

  • ACCREDITATION

Purpose of this Qualification

This is an entry-level qualification for those who want to enter the field of education, training, and development, specifically within the sub-field of Early Childhood Development (ECD). Many of those who will seek this qualification are already practising within the field, but without formal recognition. This qualification will enable recipients of this qualification to facilitate the all-round development of young children in a manner that is sensitive to culture and individual needs (including special needs), and enable them to provide quality early childhood development services for children in a variety of contexts, including community-based services, ECD centres, at home and in institutions. In particular, recipients of this qualification will be able to:

  • Plan and prepare for Early Childhood Development
  • Facilitate and monitor the development of babies, toddlers, and young children
  • Provide care and support to babies, toddlers, and young children

Modules and Courses

Module 1: Communication

  • Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication Interpret and use information from texts
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
  • Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts
  • Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
  • Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts

Module 2: Mathematical Electives

  • Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems
  • Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts
  • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues

Module 3: Childhood Development

  • Prepare resources and set up the environment to support the development of babies, toddlers and young children
  • Work with families and communities to support Early Childhood Development
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the development of babies, toddlers and young children
  • Facilitate the holistic development of babies, toddlers and young children
  • Observe and report on child development
  • Prepare Early Childhood Development programmes with support
  • Provide care for babies, toddlers, and young children
  • Design activities to support the development of babies, toddlers and young children

Module 4: Grade-R practitioner Electives

  • Facilitate a Life Skills Learning Programme in the reception year.
  • Facilitate a Literacy Learning Programme in the reception year.
  • Facilitate a Numeracy Learning Programme in the reception year

Module 5: ECD Service Management Electives

  • Conduct a structured meeting
  • Induct a member into a team
  • Motivate and build a team
  • Develop, implement and evaluate a marketing strategy for a new venture
  • Produce business plans for a new venture

Duration: 12 Months

Delivery: Classroom/Online/Blended

Numeracy, Literacy & Communication equal to ABET 3

Possible careers on completion

Qualifying learners could follow a career in:

  • ECD Educator
  • ECD Content Creator
  • ECD Centre Manager

Exit level Outcomes

  • Communicate in a variety of ways within Early Childhood Development and societal settings
  • Use mathematics literacy in real life and education, training, and development situations
  • Plan and prepare for Early Childhood Development
  • Facilitate and monitor the development of babies, toddlers, and young children
  • Provide care and support for babies, toddlers, and young children

Further Education and Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development

Accreditation: ETDP SETA

SAQA ID: 58761 | NQF LEVEL: 4 | CREDITS: 140