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Early Childhood Development

What is Early Childhood Development?

Early Childhood Development is the all-round development of our children to help them to further develop into childhood and adulthood. The development of babies, toddlers and young children form the foundation for all further development that a child undergoes.

Childcare services (day-care, pre-school, etc.) represent much more than a drop-off location for working parents, they play a very important part in the development of children. They give children an opportunity to engage in a variety of educational and social activities.

During early childhood rapid development (physical, cognitive and emotional) takes place, this development is crucial in readying children for school. Children who are ready for school will be friendly, confident, and social; they will have good peer relationships, language skills and they will communicate well. School-ready children will be less likely to fail a grade and will perform better overall.

In South Africa Early Childhood Development (ECD) is a priority and is supported by legislation, national policies and strategies.

What Early Childhood courses can I do?

  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development (SAQA US 58761 NQF Level 4)
  • National Diploma: Early Childhood Development (SAQA ID 23118 NQF Level 5)

Further Education and Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development (SAQA US 58761 NQF Level 4)

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). This Qualification will enable you 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 you 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.

Entrance requirements:

  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 3 or equivalent.
  • Second language at NQF level 2 or equivalent.


10 months

Type of Learning:

Distance learning


  • 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.
  • First Aid Level 1 (2 day course)


R16 825.00 (VAT Inclusive)

The cost includes a Tablet preloaded with all your course material!


ETDP SETA Accredited Certificate.

National Diploma: Early Childhood Development (SAQA US 23118 NQF Level 5)

This qualification is designed to provide access to higher education for many experienced and skilled ECD practitioners and trainers who do not have recognised qualifications. This Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Development (ECD) will help you to develop your skills to provide appropriate education, training and development services in the ECD sub-field and enable you to use your knowledge of child growth and development from birth to nine years and relevant national policies to guide your professional practice.

Entrance requirements:

  • Grade 12 certificate or equivalent.
  • Letter of employment and number of years of related work experience (minimum 3 to 5 years experience).


18 – 24 months.

Type of Learning:

  • Distance learning.
  • ECD supportarrow 10×10 ECD NQF Level 5 sessions to be held every quarter in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town


  • Mediate active learning in an integrated and holistic learning programme.
  • Facilitate learning and development of children with barriers to learning and other special needs, including those coping with abuse and violence, within an inclusive anti-bias approach.
  • Promote the safety and healthy development of each child.
  • Work with colleagues, families and community systems to develop each child`s potential as fully as possible.
  • Manage a well-planned and organised learning programme to meet the needs of individual children within the framework of the national school curriculum (where appropriate).
  • Select and use appropriate methods and procedures for assessing children`s progress and reporting on this to parents.
  • Promote the development of high quality ECD programmes and services.
  • Communicate effectively for the purposes of academic study and professional practice.
  • Plan and implement appropriate learning activitiesarrow 10×10 ECD NQF Level 5 and materials or management practices based on knowledge of the principles, processes and content of the chosen specialisation.
  • First Aid Level 1 (2 day course)

Practical work experience:

Part-time: minimum of 6 weeks (3 weeks in the middle, 3 weeks at the end).


R20 620.00 (VAT Inclusive)

Price  Includes a Tablet preloaded with all your course material.


ETDP SETA Accredited Certificate.

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