Early Childhood Development Practitioner

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Early Childhood Development Practitioner


About this course

Occupational Certificate: Early Childhood Development Practitioner (NQF Level 4 / 97542)

Course duration: 8 Months


The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to function as an Early Childhood Development Practitioner. An Early Childhood Development Practitioner plans and prepares early childhood activities, facilitates and mediates learning, observes and assesses the progress of children, and focuses on learning in an inclusive, play-based environment to support the holistic development of children (from conception – school going) in different centre-based or non-centre based settings.


Early Childhood Development has been designed to meet the needs and interests of the early childhood development sector in a variety of settings and contexts with an inclusive focus on education, health and safety issues, amongst others. There is a vast need for early childhood development services. It is critical that this service is provided by competent practitioners of children at early development levels. In order to meet the needs at early childhood development level, it is important to be able to identify and recognise competent early childhood development practitioners who are able to work in centre-based and non-centre-based settings.


This qualification will give recognition to practitioners at an entry level, thus making it possible for individuals to increase their employment prospects within the Department of Basic Education. The Department of Social Development, through the registration of early childhood development centres and/or sites, may also provide business opportunities to successful practitioners who may wish to establish early childhood centres and/or sites. It will also provide access to a recognised career path and at the same time provide the field with suitably qualified professional practitioners.


Early childhood development is an essential component of economic development within the framework of child care services. Changing social and economic needs require parents to enter the labour market. Therefore quality early childhood development service provision is required to meet growing demands in the country, both in urban and rural settings.

  • National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at NQF Level 3.
  • OR Any other NQF Level 3 qualification.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
Accredited providers and approved workplaces may recognise prior learning against the relevant access requirements.

  1. Plan and prepare broad-phase learning environment and stimulating activities that meet the holistic needs of all children in centre-based or non-centre-based settings.
  2. Facilitate and mediate all aspects of the daily programme in a centre-based or non-centre based setting.
  3. Observe, assess and record each child’s progress.
  4. Compile a report of each child’s progress.
  5. Maintain and promote the well-being, health, nutrition, safety and protection of children.

Horizontal Articulation:
Further Education and Training Certificate in Early Childhood Development, NQF Level 4, SAQA ID: 58761


Vertical Articulation:
National Certificate in Early Childhood Development, NQF Level 5, SAQA ID: 58761
National Diploma in Early Childhood Development, NQF Level 5, SAQA ID: 64650


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