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NATIONAL DIPLOMA: EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

Updated: Apr 8, 2021

ID 64650 LEVEL 5 – 263 CREDITS

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION


The purpose of the qualification is to:

1. Provide access to a recognised educator qualification at Level 6 for ECD educators who have a Level 4 or Level 5 certificate in ECD, 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 services for young children by raising the level of ECD teaching competence and/or by providing opportunities for training in support and leadership roles. This qualification provides a substantial qualification for

Potential learners/educators who have acquired an FETC (Grade 12) or equivalent qualification at Level 4 (120 credits) and who wish to make ECD their full-time career (entry point)

Learners/educators who have a Level 4 qualification in ECD to further their career and professional development in ECD by providing access to a Level 6 qualification

Learners/educators who have a Higher Certificate in ECD to further their career and professional development in ECD by providing access to a Level 6 qualification LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING


In order to achieve the exit outcomes of this qualification, learners need the following knowledge and skills equivalent to NQF Level 4

The ability to read, write and use written resource material for learning and teaching in at least two South African languages

The ability to understand fundamental mathematical/numeracy concepts

The applied competence outlined in the core unit standards at Level 4

Facilitate Active Learning in ECD Programmes

Facilitate Healthy Development in ECD Programmes, and

Manage the ECD Learning Programme

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING:


The qualification can be achieved as a whole or in part through the recognition of prior learning. Learners who have completed the Certificate at Level 5 should be able to participate in a learning programme(s) that provides the 120 credits not included in the Certificate, i.e. the Fundamental learning components and additional Electives. The Diploma is also intended to provide direct access to the Degree at Level 6. PROGRAM ALIGNMENT

This programme consists of SEVEN MODULES as follows and will be covered over a period of one year:

1. DEVELOP AND MANAGE THE ECD LEARNING PROGRAMME 2. MEDIATE ACTIVE LEARNING IN ECD PROGRAMMES 3. PROMOTE HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT IN ECD PROGRAMMES 4. COMMUNICATION SKILLS 5. FACILITATE A LEARNING PROGRAMME IN THE RECEPTION YEAR 6. MANAGEMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT 7. ASSESSOR COURSE AND ECD ENVIRONMENT QUALIFICATION COMPONENTS Fundamental unit standards : 35 credits Core unit standards : 72 credits Elective unit standards : 153 credits EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES

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 programmes 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 specialization


PROGRAMME ALIGNMENT



THE COST OF THE COURSE


Registration fees : R 2,000

Workbooks : R 2,000

Course fees : R 1,500 per month for 16 months

Course Fees Total : R 24,000

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