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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Mediate active learning in ECD programmes 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13853  Mediate active learning in ECD programmes 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Early Childhood Development 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 05 - Education, Training and Development Early Childhood Development 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  36 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
7399  Facilitating Active Learning  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  36  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This is a core unit standard of the Higher Certificate in ECD and the National Diploma in ECD at Level 5.

The learners are able to:

o Explain and apply consistent theories of child development within the national curriculum framework;

o Systematically observe the development of individual learners to inform own practice and planning on an individual basis. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
The applied competence outlined in Facilitate Active Learning in ECD Programmes at Level 4. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
This unit standard is suitable for practitioners working with children between birth and the age of 9 in all types of settings. Practitioners are required to demonstrate applied competence in one of the following developmental phases/settings:

? 0 - 3 years (group or informal or family settings)
? 2 - 6 years (group or informal or family settings)
? 5 - 9 (group or informal settings)

At this level practitioners demonstrate the ability to:

o Use a wide and appropriate range of pedagogic/facilitation/mediational skills to both support and extend children's learning across all areas of learning,

o Use specific techniques and skills for working with individuals, small groups and large groups;

o Use a range of techniques and culturally and developmentally appropriate resources to promote the acquisition of a second language,

o Plan in relation to children's interests, ages and needs as well as against the learning outcomes in the foundation phase, where applicable,

o Show skills of self-analysis in terms of the role played in supporting and extending learning,

o Interact with children in a range of situations, using theories of scaffolding, to help children become self-reflective and independent learners,

o Implement systems for assessing and recording children's progress continuously and consistently for growth and development;

o Demonstrate that theory influences practice. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Provide developmentally appropriate learning activities. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Provide developmentally appropriate learning activities to meet the specific needs of individual children. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1 The planning and delivery of a developmentally appropriate learning programme, inside and outside, is underpinned by theoretical understanding of child development and learning theories. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2 All areas of learning and development are covered, with an appropriate and contextually relevant emphasis on literacy, numeracy and life skills (where appropriate). 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3 The planning of the programme is based on knowledge of the national school curriculum, together with an understanding of the importance of play in the early years. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4 Activities are provided to meet the specific learning needs and interests of individual children, including those with special needs and bilingual children. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5 Resources and activities are underpinned by culture-fair and anti-bias principles reflecting the diversity of society and challenging stereotypes. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Analyse observations of each child's learning, development and responses to the learning environment 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Analyse observations of each child's learning, development and responses to the learning environment in order to inform practice and planning. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Observations are carefully analysed in the light of a detailed understanding of child development and significant moments in children's learning and development are identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Observations are analysed to determine what children already know and can do, what children are paying attention to and what is planned to take that child's learning forward. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. A system for ensuring that observations are made for all children, across all areas of learning, is implemented continuously and consistently and used for growth rather than gate keeping. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. A system for assessing the progress of individual children based on observation and including dated and annotated samples of children's work or comments or milestones reached is implemented continuously and consistently. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. A system for planning on a daily basis in response to children's observed needs and interest and, where applicable, to the learning outcomes in the foundation phase is implemented. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Use a range of learning mediation techniques for interacting and communicating. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Interactions with children are based on an understanding of theories of 'scaffolding learning', i.e. using a range of techniques to help children take the next step in learning. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Children are actively helped to reflect on their own achievements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Interactions and dialogues with children often focus on what it is that children are doing (the process) as well as on the product. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Mediation is used to help children know the what, the how and the why of learning; to help them start to construct knowledge and to learn by doing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Children are actively helped to know how to find help and/or information. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Use developmentally appropriate learning mediation techniques when working. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Use developmentally appropriate learning mediation techniques when working with individuals, small groups and large groups and for introducing a second language. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. A wide repertoire of skills is used for sustaining all children's interest in culturally diverse stories, both told and read. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. A wide repertoire of skills is used for managing the timing, organisation and extension of large group activities. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. The programme is planned to allow for individual, small group and large group activities, underpinned by and understanding of the developmental needs of children. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Adult initiated groupings of children, when used, make all children feel important and successful participants in the learning programme through a sense of accomplishment. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Children are helped and encouraged to participate in large group activities. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Children are encouraged to use their first language and helped to acquire and use a second or other language through meaningful situations. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Reflect on and analyse own practice. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. A written record or journal is kept, including daily critical evaluations of the effectiveness of the planned programme in terms of children's learning. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Activities are analysed according to what worked well and why and what changes to that activity are proposed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. An understanding of theories of critical reflection is apparent in discussion and in practice showing that a growing understanding underpins planning, interactions, assessment and mediation/facilitation roles. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. In discussion and in writing relevant links are made between theory and practice showing that a growing understanding underpins planning, interactions, assessment and mediation/facilitation roles. 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
o Assessment of practical mediation/pedagogic/facilitation skills in an authentic ECD setting.

o Portfolio of supporting evidence including dated and annotated observation notes, journal of planning and self-evaluation, resources successfully used, etc.

o Written work in the form of essays, examinations, course work, assignments and notes indicating the links between theory and practice.

o Structured interview to assess ability to link theory with practice

o Supporting verbal or written evidence from supervisors, mentors, peers, etc

o Moderation: Scrutiny of all written assessment records, administrative records, portfolio, written work and other evidence; random workplace assessment by an external assessor. 

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
The learner can apply the following:

o A theoretical understanding of child development and show an awareness of how this impacts on their work;

o A theoretical understanding of major learning theories;

o A basic understanding of theories of critical reflection;

o An understanding of the national curriculum framework, its contextual application and requirements.


Learners demonstrate the following attitudes and values:

o Sensitivity to the particular needs of children with learning disabilities and other special needs;

o Respect for the language, heritages and cultures of the children and their families,

o Professional approach to the role of facilitator/educator, mediator

o The willingness to seek and use advice and support

o The qualities of a lifelong learner by reading, attending courses, seminars, discussions, etc 

UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
1. Learners are required to reflect on and explore a variety of strategies to learn and teach more effectively.

2. Through the provision of activities learners participate as responsible citizens in the life of local communities.

3. Through the provision of culture-fair and anti-bias activities and approaches learners show cultural and aesthetic sensitivity across a range of social contexts.

4. Explore their own education and career opportunities as their own understanding of the sub-field develops.

5. Develop entrepreneurial opportunities. 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
When working with the children learners identify and solve a variety problems showing that responsible decisions have been made. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
Work effectively with co-workers (where applicable) and with children. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
Organise and manage self and activities effectively to create a learning environment reflecting the needs, language, cultures and interests of the children. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information relating to the children, particularly through detailed and analysed observations, to their homes and communities in order to create a learning environment that supports these. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
Communicate effectively verbally and in writing. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
Show responsibility towards the environment and health of others in the planning of activities, in the daily routines and in the collaborative ethos created. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
Help children solve simple problems in different aspects of their lives at the site and at home and in this way show an appreciation that the world is a set of related systems and problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
This unit standard replaces unit standard 7399, "Facilitating Active Learning", Level 5, 36 credits.

This unit standard focuses on the competence required at Level 5 of all ECD practitioners working with children between the ages of 0 - 9.

The unit standard on Mediate Active Learning in ECD Programmes is relevant to five roles defined in the Norms and Standards for Educators, especially the first role listed below and the phase specialist role:

1. Learning mediator: the practitioner mediates learning in a manner that is sensitive to the diverse and developmental needs and interests of the learners; constructs a learning environment to support and enhance learning; communicates effectively showing respect for others.

2. Assessor: the practitioner observes and assesses children's learning and development continuously as part of the learning-teaching process, and keeps appropriate diagnostic records.

3. Interpreter and designer of learning programmes and materials: the practitioner knows how to provide a stimulating and developmentally appropriate learning programme based on children's needs, interests and national school curriculum requirements (where appropriate); selects and makes or adapts materials and resources; sequences and paces the learning to suit the developmental needs of the children.

4. Scholar, researcher and lifelong learner: the practitioner develops skills of reflection and self-evaluation allowing her/him to understand how best to meet the learning and developmental needs of the children.

5. Community, citizenship and pastoral role: the practitioner treats the children, their languages, cultures and families with respect and will empower the learners. 

QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
  ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
Core  64649   Higher Certificate: Early Childhood Development  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
Core  64650   National Diploma: Early Childhood Development  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2020-07-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
Elective  49710   National Diploma: Development Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2020-07-30  ETDP SETA 


PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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 Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries 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 Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
 
1. Abnah Academy (Pty) Ltd 
2. Brainwave Careers 
3. Durban City College 
4. Enjo Consultants 
5. Kez Enterprises and Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
6. Motheo Training Institute Trust 
7. Renaissance Training Services cc 
8. Shintsha Skills Development (Pty) Ltd 
9. Teachers Learning Centre (Pty) Ltd 



All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.