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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Diploma: Early Childhood Development 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
64650  National Diploma: Early Childhood Development 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Early Childhood Development   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Quality Assuring Body for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.  The individual NQF Sub-framework for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of the qualification report. 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Diploma  Field 05 - Education, Training and Development  Early Childhood Development 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  240  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 0695/12  2012-07-01  2015-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2016-06-30   2020-06-30  

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 does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

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:

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

    o the ability to understand fundamental mathematical/numeracy concepts;

    o 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. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 35 credits all of which are compulsory.

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 72 credits all of which are compulsory.

    The Elective Component consists of Unit Standards which learners are to choose to the minimum of 133 credits.

    Learners who choose to specialise in Grade R must complete the following Unit Standards totalling a minimum of 36/45 credits. It is preferred that the learners achieve the following replacement Unit Standards which totals 45 credits.
  • ID 244260: Facilitate a Life Skills Learning Programme in the Reception Year.
  • ID 244257: Facilitate a Literacy Learning Programme in the Reception Year.
  • ID 244256: Facilitate a Numeracy Learning Programme in the Reception Year.

    Learners who choose to specialise in Learning Programmes must choose the following Unit Standards for this specialisation totalling a minimum of 47 credits.
  • ID 10288: Organise a programme of learning.
  • ID 10289: Facilitate a programme of learning.
  • ID 7978: Plan and conduct assessment of learning outcomes. It is preferred that learners achieve the replacement Unit Standard titled Conduct outcomes-based assessment (ID 115753). 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    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 specialisation. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Assessment criteria for Exit Level Outcomes:

    1.1 The planning and delivery of a developmentally appropriate learning programme is underpinned by the critical understanding of child development and learning theories, including the importance of play in the early years.
    1.2 All areas of learning and development are covered, with an appropriate and contextually relevant emphasis on literacy, numeracy and life skills.
    1.3 Children`s learning, development and responses to the learning environment are observed and assessed continuously in order to inform practice and planning on an individual basis.
    1.4 Interactions with children in a range of situations demonstrate an understanding of theories of `scaffolding` and mediating learning.
    1.5 A wide repertoire of skills is used appropriately in working with individuals, small groups and large groups of children.
    1.6 Children are encouraged to use their first language(s) for learning, and they are helped to acquire and use another language through meaningful activities and situations.

    2.1 The implications for working with children across the whole range of special needs and barriers to learning are identified and explained within the context of child development theory and research.
    2.2 Children with barriers to learning are appropriately supported, and specific activities for their learning are planned and provided in association with relevant specialist agencies if possible.
    2.3 Legal requirements and policies for dealing with abuse, neglect, children with AIDS and violence are understood and implemented.
    2.4 The impact on children`s well-being and development of socio-economic factors (poverty, unemployment, inequality, disempowerment), crime and violence, both communal and domestic, substance abuse and addiction is taken into consideration in helping children develop the life skills to cope with abuse, violence or stressful home situations.
    2.5 A range of strategies for challenging all types of discriminatory and biased behaviour are described (and demonstrated if appropriate), based on relevant theoretical understanding of oppression and cultural world views.


    3.1 Comprehensive written safety and healthy policies which comply with legal requirements are appropriately adapted to the setting in its community context and to the age of the children, and implemented as planned.
    3.2 Families and communities are encouraged to participate actively in ensuring the safety and health of children, especially with regard to environmental hazards, AIDS/HIV and other endemic diseases.
    3.3 Planned activities appropriate to children`s developmental level allow children to explore safety and health issues in a way that is sensitive to the socio-economic context and to the role of traditional healers/alternative medicine.
    3.4 Theories relating to social and emotional development, including indigenous theories underlying traditional child-rearing practices, and their application to practice are critically evaluated.
    3.5 The social and emotional development of individual children is observed and assessed as the basis for planning and implementing strategies for facilitating their further development, including helping them to manage their own behaviour.
    3.6 Families are helped to understand the attitudes and values underlying children`s rights and relevant protective legislation, and to learn a range of positive strategies for managing children`s behaviour.

    4.1 Constructive contributions are made to the development of good practice among those working in the ECD service in ways that are democratic and supportive.
    4.2 The community context in which the ECD service operates is analysed to assess family and community needs and the implications for ECD provision and practice.
    4.3 The general principles of community development and organisation, processes of social change and transformation underpin the establishment of a meaningful partnership with families and the community.
    4.4 Accessible information and resources are provided to help families meet their children`s needs.
    4.5 Co-operative relationships with other agencies and practitioners working in the community are established and maintained.

    5.1 Programme planning is based on an understanding of key issues and trends in early childhood development and their implications for ECD provision and curriculum development (historical, international, South African).
    5.2 The learning programme is planned to help children achieve the specific outcomes of the national school curriculum in developmentally appropriate ways learning at their own pace.
    5.3 Creatively developed learning resources are used to ensure a stimulating and effective programme.
    5.4 The learning programme is critically evaluated according to specified criteria, both informally on a daily basis and formally at specified times, and modified accordingly.
    5.5 Efficient administrative systems for managing the learning programme are are established and maintained.
    5.6 ECD policy, legal requirements, regulations and procedures for registration and subsidisation are described, and implemented when applicable.

    6.1 The implications of different approaches to assessment for ECD practice, including issues and current trends in assessment practice, are critically analysed.
    6.2 The uses of different forms of assessment are understood, and appropriate methods and procedures are selected for assessing children`s progress in all developmental and learning areas.
    6.3 Children are encouraged to reflect on what they have learned/achieved and participate in self-evaluation.
    6.4 A regular process exists for periodic sharing of information with family members about children`s progress in ways that are fair, valid, reliable and constructive.
    6.5 The effectiveness of one`s own assessment practices and reporting skills are evaluated regularly through reflection and peer assessment, and modifications made when necessary.

    7.1 Advocacy on behalf of children and ECD provision is based on a comprehensive analysis of the context of ECD in South Africa.
    7.2 An effort is made to keep informed about child development practices, research, legislation and other developments affecting young children; useful information and resource materials are kept in an accessible filing system.
    7.3 Time and stress are managed efficiently in coordinating work commitments and own needs so that energy and enthusiasm are maintained.
    7.4 Legislation and regulations governing the employment of ECD practitioners, the organised teaching profession and one`s role in it are described accurately.
    7.5 Responsibility is taken for one`s own professional development, and progress is evaluated regularly as shown in a journal or portfolio.

    8.1 Reading skills and strategies are used effectively for academic course work, research and professional development.
    8.2 Writing skills and strategies are used effectively for recording observations in learning programmes and for communication purposes in ECD services as well as for academic course work and assessment (e.g. written assignments, reports, essays and examinations).
    8.3 A well-organised and relevant portfolio is presented for assessment purposes.
    8.4 The language of instruction is used appropriately and fluently to facilitate language development and tell stories, explain, describe and mediate learning in the preschool phase.
    8.5 A second official language is used correctly and appropriately in bi-lingual learning groups and/or to facilitate the acquisition of a new language in the preschool phase.

    9.1 The assumptions underlying the descriptions of competence in a particular specialisation are analysed and explained.
    9.2 Understanding of the ways of thinking, doing and learning in a particular specialisation informs the selection and presentation of appropriate learning activities or management practices.
    9.3 Relevant content knowledge of a particular specialisation is evident in the planning and presentation of appropriate learning activities or management practices.
    9.4 Appropriate assessment practices are used to assess learner progress or to monitor management systems.
    9.5 Evaluation of learning programmes or management practices includes critical reflection on own practice.


    Integrated Assessment:

    o A range of assessment methods are recommended including workplace observation, written assignments and examinations, portfolios, structured interviews/discussion, self evaluation, peer assessment, and family evaluation for both formative and summative assessment.
    o 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 
    The Level 5 ECD qualification is comparable with the following qualification:

    o Associate degree (2 years) in Early Childhood Education/Child Development in the USA (Level 2 qualification)

    No detailed comparison has been undertaken as yet. Outcomes-based standards have apparently been developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in Washington, DC. 

    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:

    o the learning programme and learner support provided is sufficient to enable learners to achieve the specific outcomes, and
    o 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: Appropriate ETQA structures will facilitate the external moderation of learner achievements. 

    NOTES 
    As per the SAQA decision, after consultation with the Quality Councils, to re-register all qualifications and part qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework that meet the criteria for re-registration, this qualification has been re-registered from 1 July 2012.
    This qualification replaces qualification 15983, "National Diploma: Early Childhood Development: Preschool Phase", Level 5, 240 credits.

    The qualification is relevant to the following ETD sub-fields and other fields:

    o Schooling sub-field regarding the employment of educators in reception year (Grade R) classes in schools. The proposed qualification includes all seven roles defined by the Norms and Standards of Educators, which are integrated through the phase specialisation with further `subject` specialisation in the reception year learning programme as an elective.

    o 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 following ECD-specific elective unit standards are available for credit towards a Level 5 Diploma in ECD in the following areas of specialisation:
  • Baby and toddler phase (birth to 3 years)
  • Pre-school phase (2-6 years)
  • Reception year (Grade R)
  • Family and community settings
  • Training ECD practitioners
  • Managing ECD services (including RTOs)

    The following Elective Unit Standards are compulsory for this specialisation:
  • Organise a programme of learning;
  • Facilitate a programme of learning;
  • Plan and conduct assessment of learning outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  13855  Develop and manage the ECD learning programme  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  24 
    Core  13853  Mediate active learning in ECD programmes  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  36 
    Core  13854  Promote healthy development in ECD programmes  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Fundamental  8647  Apply workplace communication skills  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Fundamental  14582  Develop and apply academic literacy skills  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  25 
    Elective  115753  Conduct outcomes-based assessment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
    Elective  9941  Design and conduct research  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  10290  Evaluate, select and adapt published learning materials and develop, use and evaluate own supplementary learning aids  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Elective  244260  Facilitate a Life Skills Learning Programme in the Reception Year  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
    Elective  244257  Facilitate a Literacy Learning Programme in the Reception Year  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
    Elective  244256  Facilitate a Numeracy Learning Programme in the Reception Year  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
    Elective  10289  Facilitate a programme of learning  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  24 
    Elective  13856  Facilitate an inclusive educational environment in ECD settings  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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  9932  Guide and support learners  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Elective  117874  Guide learners about their learning, assessment and recognition opportunities  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  10294  Identify and respond to learners with special needs and barriers to learning  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  7407  Manage a Medium-scale ECD Service  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  18 
    Elective  244478  Manage an Early Childhood Development service  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  12842  Manage diversity in ECD settings  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Elective  7400  Managing the Learning Programme  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  24 
    Elective  10288  Organise a programme of learning  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  7978  Plan and conduct assessment of learning outcomes  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
    Elective  10295  Promote lifelong learning and development  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  114476  Use multi-media to facilitate and mediate learning  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Provider Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    Assuring
    Body
    NQF Sub-Framework
    64696  Diploma: Early Childhood Development  Centre for Creative Education/Iziko Labantu be Afrika  Level 5  Level N/A: Pre-2009 was L5  240     CHE  HEQSF 
    23118  National Diploma: Early Childhood Development  Generic Provider - Field 05  Level 5  Level N/A: Pre-2009 was L5  240     ETDP SETA  OQSF 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES: 
    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.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Accredited Provider
    23118  National Diploma: Early Childhood Development  1. Abasunguli Training Specialists
    2. Access Employment Skills & Development Agency
    3. Bopaditshaba Training Services
    4. Caversham Education Institute
    5. Directflo
    6. Ekurhuleni West Public FET College - Germiston Campus
    7. Elective Training Institute Enterprise CC
    8. Faka Ihlombe Investments (PTY) Ltd
    9. FLAVIUS MAREKA
    10. Grassroots Adult Education and Training Trust
    11. HDPSA
    12. Iscariota Trading Enterprise cc
    13. Isibani Community College
    14. Katiso-kuno Consulting
    15. Khululeka Community Education Centre
    16. King Hintsa Public FET College - Teko Campus
    17. Klein Karoo Resource Centre
    18. Learning For Sustainability
    19. Mochochonono Training Solutions cc
    20. MTL Training and Projects
    21. Northern Cape Rural Public FET College - Kathu Campus
    22. P & P Education Management Training and Consultancy PTY Ltd
    23. PINERIDGE TRAINING CENTRE CC t/a Kids Paradise Training Centre
    24. Pro-Ed Training cc
    25. South Cape Public FET College - Oudtshoorn Campus
    26. Southern African Institute of Learning
    27. Tembe Service Providers
    28. TLHALEFO SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CC
    29. Tshwane South College for (ECD Academy)
    30. Vuselela FET College - Potchefstroom Campus
    31. Wkids Training Institute (Pty) Ltd
    32. World Wide Education Providers(Pty)Ltd  



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