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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

National Certificate: Early Childhood Development: Preschool Phase 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
15982  National Certificate: Early Childhood Development: Preschool Phase 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Early Childhood Development   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was ETDP SETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 05 - Education, Training and Development  Early Childhood Development 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 0632/00  2000-10-11  2003-10-11 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2004-10-11   2007-10-31  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
23116  National Certificate: Early Childhood Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  120  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
The purpose of the qualification is to:

1. Enable learners to facilitate the all-round development of young children in a manner that is sensitive to individual needs (including special needs) and culture-fair within the preschool phase of development (2-6 year age-range) with specialisation in a particular setting or role.

2. Provide further education and training opportunities for those with a GETC (or equivalent) as well as 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.

3. Develop ECD educators with a sound practical qualification to provide quality early childhood development services for children aged 2 - 6 years in community-based services. 

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, skills, attitudes and values:
  • functional literacy, viz. ability to communicate effectively in their first language, both orally and in writing (for the purpose of keeping records and writing simple reports), and the ability to read appropriate stories to young children as well as learning materials;
  • ability to understand and use a second language for everyday communication;
  • sufficient mathematical / numeracy skills (add, subtract, multiply and divide) to maintain simple financial records and facilitate the development of early numeracy;
  • an understanding of the basic needs of young children in all areas of development, and the ability to respond to these needs in a manner that supports children's holistic development.


    Recognition of prior learning

    The qualification can be achieved as a whole or in part through the recognition of prior learning. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    The qualification is based on unit standards with specific outcomes and assessment criteria relating to the following learning components:

    1. Fundamental learning: Level 4 or above, the following:
  • Communication Studies and Language field 20 credits minimum

    Learners are expected to achieve the specific outcomes of relevant unit standards at Level 4 or above in the Field 04 or Grade 12 languages or their equivalent.

    2. Core learning: Three compulsory or core unit standards define the exit outcomes in ECD practice providing 64 credits at Level 4 as follows:
  • Facilitating Active Learning 30 credits
  • Facilitating Healthy Development 14 credits
  • Managing the Learning Programme 20 credits

    3. Elective learning: The remaining 36 credits are specified as follows:
  • ECD specific at Level 2 or above 24 credits
  • Level 2 or above in any field/sub-field 12 credits

    The following ECD-specific elective unit standards are available for credit towards a Level 4 Certificate in ECD:
  • Making ECD Learning Resources 8 credits, Level 2
  • Facilitating Learning Through Stories, Songs
    and Rhymes 8 credits, Level 3
  • Facilitating Language Development in
    Bilingual/Multilingual ECD Programmes 8 credits, Level 3
  • Facilitating Creative Art Activities
    in ECD Programmes 8 credits, Level 3
  • Managing a Small-scale ECD Service 12 credits, Level 3
    or Managing a Medium-scale ECD Service 18 credits, Level 5
  • Facilitating a Life Skills Learning Programme
    in the Reception Year 12 credits, Level 5
  • Facilitating a Literacy Learning Programme
    in the Reception Year 12 credits, Level 5
  • Facilitating a Numeracy Learning Programme
    in the Reception Year 12 credits, Level 5

    The ECD unit standards elected will define the areas of specialisation relating either to the context or setting or to a specific role.


    4. Critical outcomes: The unit standards indicate ways in which the critical cross-field outcomes are achieved through the ECD specific outcomes. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Integrated assessment
  • A range of assessment methods is recommended including workplace observation, written assignments, portfolios, structured interviews/discussion, self-evaluation, peer assessment, and family evaluation for both formative and summative assessment.

    - In each unit standard guidance on assessment methods is given that is appropriate to the competence that needs to be demonstrated in relation to the specific outcomes. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    International comparability

    The Level 4 ECD qualification is comparable with the following qualifications:
  • Level 2 NCVQ/SCVQ* in Child Care and Education qualifications in the UK
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) qualification in the USA (Level 1)

    Detailed outcomes-based standards are available for both qualifications permitting direct comparison.

    Note: NCVQ = National Council for Vocational Qualifications
    SCVQ = Scottish Council for Vocational Qualifications 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Each unit standard provides more specific guidance regarding moderation of the specific outcomes, but the following general guidelines apply to the qualification:

    1. Internal moderation: Training providers offering one or more unit standards towards the achievement of this qualification need to have internal quality assurance mechanisms in place to ensure that:
  • the learning programme and learner support provided is sufficient to enable learners to achieve the specific outcomes, and
  • all aspects of the assessment of learners are moderated by a suitably qualified person(s) who is not directly involved in the training provision to establish fair and reliable assessment results.

    2. External moderation: An ETQA will facilitate the external moderation of learner achievements. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 23116, which is "National Certificate: Early Childhood Development", Level 4, 120 credits.

    The qualification is relevant to Health Sciences and Social Services (09), which is also concerned with the care and development of young children, and certain components provide for articulation between the two fields. It is generally accepted that the care and education of young children needs to be fully integrated. ECD is located in Field 05 because of its critical role in developing young children as lifelong learners.

    The fundamental unit standards for this qualification:
    Any Communications Unit Standards @ level 4 - 20 credits
    Any Mathematics Unit Standards @ level 4 - 16 credits 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  7395  Facilitating Active Learning  Level 4  NQF Level 04  30 
    Core  11293  Facilitating Healthy Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  14 
    Core  7398  Managing the Learning Programme  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20 
    Fundamental  9015  Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8974  Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8975  Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9016  Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8979  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8976  Write for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  7401  Making ECD Learning Resources  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  7405  Facilitating Creative Art Activities in ECD Programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  7404  Facilitating Language Development Bilingual/Multilingual ECD Programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  7403  Facilitating Learning Through Stories, Songs and Rhymes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  7406  Managing a Small-Scale ECD service  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  7408  Facilitating a Life Skills Learning Programme in the Reception Year  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Elective  7409  Facilitating a Literacy Learning Programme in the Reception Year  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Elective  7410  Facilitating a Numeracy Learning Programme in the Reception Year  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Elective  7407  Manage a Medium-scale ECD Service  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  18 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some of their learning programmes are moved to being recorded against the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replacement.
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Quality Assuring Bodies have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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