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Higher Certificate | 1 Year | NQF 5 (120 credits) | SAQA ID 86466

More About The Early Childhood Development Programme

The aim of the Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Development studies, is to educate students in order to fully understand the developmental factors of children from infancy up to grade RR. The ECD programme will enable students to identify remedial problems and to monitor progress to ensure optimal development of each child in the educational environment.

Early Childhood Development studies is offered at all our campuses.

The Early Childhood Development Programme Is Ideal For...

Individuals who:

  • have a passion for working with small children
  • are interested in starting their own day care centre
  • are considering au pair work

Admission Requirements For Early Childhood Development

  • NSC (Gr 12) with entrance to Higher Certificate studies or National Certificate (Vocational) with the minimum requirements for entrance to Higher Certificate studies, as specified by UMALUSI
  • A person aged 23 or older with work experience in this field of study, will also qualify for admission.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Students work at a registered pre-primary school / day care centre of their choice, for a total of 480 hours.

Full time students have to complete these hours during the year.

Part time students have to complete the hours over a two year period.

Early Childhood Development Career Opportunities

  • Pre-primary school teacher up to Gr RR
  • Day Care
  • Au Pair
  • Teacher's Assistant

Curriculum Includes The Following Subjects

  • Historical and Philosophical Perspective
  • Learning and Brain Development
  • Language Development; children with special learning needs
  • The Daily Program: Science and Maths in the daily programme
  • Music, Movement, Art
  • Safety, Observation and Assessment

Early Childhood Development is offered as a:

  • Full Time Programme
  • Part Time Programme