National Diploma: Early Childhood Development

National Diploma: Early Childhood Development

64650
NQF Level: 
5
Purpose and Rationale: 

Purpose: 

  1. Provide access to a recognised educator 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 SAQAat Level 6 for ECD Early Childhood Developmenteducators who have a Level 4 or Level 5 certificate in ECD,Early Childhood Development providing a bridge between non-formal and formal learning programmes. 
  2. To enable educators/ learners to plan and implement a learning programme which is based on their knowledge of child development from birth to nine years and which helps children in a specific phase work towards achieving the learning outcomes of the national school curriculum (where appropriate). 
  3. To improve community-based ECD Early Childhood Developmentservices for young children by raising the level of ECD Early Childhood Developmentteaching competence and/or by providing opportunities for training in support and leadership roles. 

Rationale: 

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 SAQAprovides a substantial 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:

  • Potential learners/educators who have acquired an FETC Further Education and Training Certificate(Grade 12)The highest grade in which education is provided by a school as defined in the South African Schools Act, 1996 or equivalent 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 SAQAat Level 4 (120 credits) and who wish to make ECD Early Childhood Developmenttheir full-time career (entry point); 
  • Learners/educators who have a Level 4 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 SAQAin ECD Early Childhood Developmentto further their career and professional development in ECD Early Childhood Developmentby providing access to a Level 6 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 SAQA 
  • Learners/educators who have a Higher Certificate in ECD Early Childhood Developmentto further their career and professional development in ECD Early Childhood Developmentby providing access to a Level 6 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 SAQA 
Exit Level Outcome: 
  1. Mediate active learning in an integrated and holistic learning programme. 
  2. Facilitate learning and development of children with barriers to learning and other special needs, including those coping with abuse and violence, within an inclusive anti-bias approach. 
  3. Promote the safety and healthy development of each child. 
  4. Work with colleagues, families and community systems to develop each child`s potential as fully as possible. 
  5. Manage a well-planned and organised learning programme to meet the needs of individual children within the framework of the national school curriculum (where appropriate). 
  6. Select and use appropriate methods and procedures for assessing children`s progress and reporting on this to parents. 
  7. Promote the development of high quality ECD Early Childhood Developmentprogrammes and services. 
  8. Communicate effectively for the purposes of academic study and professional practice. 
  9. Plan and implement appropriate learning activities and materials or management practices based on knowledge of the principles, processes and content of the chosen specialisation.