Further Education and Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development

Further Education and Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development

58761
NQF Level: 
4
Purpose and Rationale: 

Purpose: 

This is an entry-level Qualification The formal recognition of the achievement of the required number and range of credits and other requirements at specific levels of the NQF determined by the relevant bodies registered Officially registered (recorded) in terms of the National Qualifications Frameworkby SAQAfor those who want to enter the field of Education, Training and Development, specifically within the sub-field of Early Childhood Development (ECD)Early Childhood Development. Many of those who will seek this Qualification The formal recognition of the achievement of the required number and range of credits and other requirements at specific levels of the NQF determined by the relevant bodies registered Officially registered (recorded) in terms of the National Qualifications Frameworkby SAQAare already practising within the field, but without formal recognition. This Qualification The formal recognition of the achievement of the required number and range of credits and other requirements at specific levels of the NQF determined by the relevant bodies registered Officially registered (recorded) in terms of the National Qualifications Frameworkby SAQAwill enable recipients of this Qualification The formal recognition of the achievement of the required number and range of credits and other requirements at specific levels of the NQF determined by the relevant bodies registered Officially registered (recorded) in terms of the National Qualifications Frameworkby SAQAto facilitate the all-round development of young children in a manner that is sensitive to culture and individual needs (including special needs), and enable them to provide quality early childhood development services for children in a variety of contexts, including community-based services, ECD Early Childhood Developmentcentres, at home and in institutions. In particular, recipients of this qualification The formal recognition of the achievement of the required number and range of credits and other requirements at specific levels of the NQF determined by the relevant bodies registered Officially registered (recorded) in terms of the National Qualifications Frameworkby SAQAwill be able to: 

  • Plan and prepare for Early Childhood Development.
  • Facilitate and monitor the development of babies, toddlers and young children.
  • Provide care and support to babies, toddlers and young children. 

Practitioners will generally carry out their role under supervision and with the support of designed programmes. 

This Qualification The formal recognition of the achievement of the required number and range of credits and other requirements at specific levels of the NQF determined by the relevant bodies registered Officially registered (recorded) in terms of the National Qualifications Frameworkby SAQAwill provide a means for formal recognition of those who are already practising in the field, but without qualifications, as well as for those who wish to enter the field. This qualification The formal recognition of the achievement of the required number and range of credits and other requirements at specific levels of the NQF determined by the relevant bodies registered Officially registered (recorded) in terms of the National Qualifications Frameworkby SAQAwill also provide 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 difficult access to further career development opportunities. 

Rationale: 

Early Childhood Development (ECD)Early Childhood Development 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 Early Childhood Developmentservices, and it is critical that the field should be served by competent practitioners. In order to meet the needs at ECD Early Childhood Developmentlevel, it is important to be able to identify and recognise competent ECD Early Childhood Developmentpractitioners who are able to work in a variety of ECD Early Childhood Developmentcontexts. This qualification The formal recognition of the achievement of the required number and range of credits and other requirements at specific levels of the NQF determined by the relevant bodies registered Officially registered (recorded) in terms of the National Qualifications Frameworkby SAQAwill 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.

Exit Level Outcome: 
  1. Communicate in a variety of ways within Early Childhood Development and societal settings. 
  2. Use mathematics literacy in real life and education, training and development situations. 
  3. Plan and prepare for Early Childhood Development. 
  4. Facilitate and monitor the development of babies, toddlers and young children. 
  5. Provide care and support for babies, toddlers and young children. 

Critical Cross-field Outcomes: 

This Qualification The formal recognition of the achievement of the required number and range of credits and other requirements at specific levels of the NQF determined by the relevant bodies registered Officially registered (recorded) in terms of the National Qualifications Frameworkby SAQAaddresses the following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes, as detailed in the associated unit standards: 

  • Identify and solve a variety of problems showing that responsible decisions have been made based on knowledge of Early Childhood Development and teaching practices.
  • Work effectively with others as a member of a team and in co-operation with family members and the community in supporting early childhood development.
  • Organise oneself and one's activities responsibly to manage an effective learning programme that meets the needs and interests of young children.
  • Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information relating to children's needs and progress in the Early Childhood Development programme.
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers, children, their families and community members using visual materials and language skills, mainly verbal but also in writing.
  • Use appropriate technology in making learning resources and solving problems relating children's health and safety, showing responsibility towards the environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the holistic and integrated nature of child development and the interaction of various social, economic and environmental systems in creating and solving problems related to providing Early Childhood Development services. 

Developmental outcomes: 

  • Reflect on and explore one's own learning strategies and those used by young children.
  • Participate as a responsible citizen in the life of the local community by facilitating the learning and development of its young children in co-operation with families and advocating children's rights to quality learning opportunities.
  • Be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts by exploring and implementing anti-bias and culture-fair attitudes, values and practices that also involve art, music and dramatic play activities.
  • Explore education and career opportunities in the Early Childhood Development sub-field.
  • Develop entrepreneurial opportunities in setting up and managing Early Childhood Development services, learning basic administrative skills and craft skills in making learning resources.