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Further Education and Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development
Three years full time
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 enables recipients to facilitate the all-round development of young children in a manner that is sensitive to their individual needs (including special needs), and enables 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 learning institutions. In particular, recipients of this qualification will be able to:
This qualification provides a means for formal recognition for those who wish to enter the education field. This qualification also provides a basis for further professional development in the higher education and training band for many experienced practitioners in the field who have had limited or problematic access to further career development opportunities.
The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component. To be awarded the Qualification, students are required to obtain a minimum of 140 credits as detailed in the Unit Standards below.
|Unit Standard||NQF Level||Credits|
|Fundamental Component (56 Credits)|
|Mathematical Literacy||NQF Level 4||16|
|Communication 1st Language||NQF Level 4||20|
|Communication 2nd Language||NQF Level 3
|Core Component (64 Credits)|
|Prepare resources and set up the environment to support the development of babies, toddlers and young children||NQF Level 3
|Work with families and communities to support Early Childhood Development||NQF Level 3||5|
|Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the development of babies, toddlers and young children||NQF Level 4||8|
|Facilitate the holistic development of babies, toddlers and young children||NQF Level 4||16|
|Observe and report on child development||NQF Level 6||6|
|Prepare Early Childhood Development programmes with support||NQF Level 6||6|
|Provide care for babies, toddlers and young children||NQF Level 4||10|
|Design activities to support the development of babies, toddlers and young children||NQF Level 5||8|
|Elective Component (Min 20 credits)|
|Facilitate a Life Skills Learning Programme in the Reception Year||NQF Level 5||15|
|Facilitate a Numeracy Learning Programme in the Reception Year||NQF Level 5||15|