Higher Certificate: Early Childhood Development NQF 5

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Higher Certificate: Early Childhood Development NQF 5


About this course

Early Childhood Development (ECD) is a priority area within the South African context and is supported by legislation, national policies and strategies. The development of babies, toddlers and young children forms the most critical foundation of further development into childhood and adulthood. There is thus a vast need for ECD services, and it is critical that the field should be served by competent practitioners. In order to meet the needs at ECD level, it is important to be able to identify and recognise competent ECD practitioners who are able to work in a variety of ECD contexts. This qualification will provide a means to give recognition to practitioners at an entry level, thus making it possible for practitioners to increase their employment prospects, and at the same time provide the field with suitably qualified practitioners.

Course Outline


SAQA ID: 64649 

NQF Level: 5 

Minimum Credits: 120 

Duration: 12 months (1 year) 


  •  Computer Practice for Teachers OR
  •   Fundamental Mathematics
  •   Early Childhood Development Studies
  •   Grade R Teaching
  •   Health Education in Early Childhood Development
  •   Institutional Teaching Practice
  •   Practical Management of an Early Childhood Development Centre
  •   School-based Teaching Practice

Study Schedule

  • Fulltime (Mon – Fri)
  • Part-time (Evening Classes)
  • Weekends (Saturday 9-4)
  • E-Learning(facilitator Lead Sessions/ Self-Paced E- Learning)