What is Early Childhood Development?

Early Childhood Development is the all-round development of our children to help them to further develop into childhood and adulthood. The development of babies, toddlers and young children form the foundation for all further development that a child undergoes.Childcare services (day-care, pre-school, etc.) represent much more than a drop-off location for working parents, they play a very important part in the development of children. They give children an opportunity to engage in a variety of educational and social activities.During early childhood rapid development (physical, cognitive and emotional) takes place, this development is crucial in readying children for school. Children who are ready for school will be friendly, confident, and social; they will have good peer relationships, language skills and they will communicate well. School-ready children will be less likely to fail a grade and will perform better overall.

In South Africa Early Childhood Development (ECD) is a priority and is supported by legislation, national policies and strategies.

 In what context can I use Early Childhood Development (Pre-school facilitator)?

  • Community-based services
  • School-based
  • ECD centres
  • Home care
  • Learning institutions

 What will I be able to do?

  • 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.
  • Mediate active learning in an integrated and holistic learning programme.
  • 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.

 What Early Childhood courses can I do?

 Do I need to attend class?

Our Early Childhood Development (ECD) courses are not full-time qualifications, they are done through distance learning.
ECD support sessions to be held every quarter in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

Will the course material be posted to me?

Your course material will be preloaded onto aTablet. The tablet price is included in the course fees and it will be couriered to you as soon as we’ve received your deposit.

Are Early Childhood Development (ECD) courses internationally comparable?

Yes.The Level 5 ECD qualification is comparable with the following qualification: Associate degree (2 years) in Early Childhood Education/Child Development in the USA (Level 2 qualification).‘All our (SAQA) Unit Standards for the FETC: Early Childhood Development Level 4 have strands that are considered to be best practices in a developing world context. The issues facing early care and education in the countries selected (Kenya, India, Brazil, Honduras, and the United Kingdom) create certain dimensions to building foundational competence at an entry point into training. These dimensions are deemed important as we make strides in professionalising early childhood development.’ (Taken from SAQA US 58761)