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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Support children and adults living with HIV and AIDS 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244259  Support children and adults living with HIV and AIDS 
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-Fundamental  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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
12839  Support children and adults living with HIV/AIDS in ECD settings  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is suitable for educators, caregivers and community workers working with adults and children in group, informal, family Early Childhood Development (ECD) settings, etc.

People credited with this Unit Standard are capable of:
  • Describing the transmission, progression and effects of HIV and AIDS on children, adults, families and communities.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of precautions to reduce the risk and spread of infection in adults and children.
  • Providing care for children infected with or affected by HIV and AIDS in various Early Childhood Development settings.
  • Providing appropriate support for children, staff and families living with HIV and AIDS. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communitcation at NQF Level 2 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This Unit Standard is to be understood within the context of the Universal Precautions as defined in the Government Gazette, Department of Education, Volume 410, No. 20372, 10 August 1999 (Notice 1926 of 1999): National Policy on HIV and AIDS for Learners and Educators in Public Schools and Students and Educators in Further Education and Training Institutions. This document is also available on the government web site: http://www.doe.gov.za. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the transmission, progression and effects of HIV and AIDS on children, adults, families and communities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Basic explanations are provided of how the immune system functions and is affected by HIV and AIDS, with particular reference to the progression of HIV in adults and children. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Four general ways in which HIV can be transmitted are identified, with reference to and clarification of common misconceptions regarding transmission. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The contribution of various factors to the pandemic is described, with particular reference to the impact of the socio-economic context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Factors include poverty, child abuse, sexual awareness, home environment, access to and quality of health and social services.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Descriptions highlight effects of the HIV and AIDS pandemic on community and family life and structure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Learners should demonstrate knowledge of effects on a variety of kinds of families such as child-headed families, grandparent-headed families, single parent families, parent headed families, female-headed families, care by non-biological care givers.
  • Descriptions of effects on the community should cover a variety of categories such as social structures, economic structures, state and civic services, cultural practices, faith-based services.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Rights, responsibilities and gender roles in the transmission of HIV and related diseases are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of precautions to reduce the risk and spread of infection in adults and children. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Precautionary measures and behaviours are described and linked to the general ways in which HIV is transmitted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The benefits for self and others of voluntary testing and awareness of own status are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sources of information and education programmes on HIV and AIDS are identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Provide care for children infected with or affected by HIV and AIDS in various Early Childhood Development settings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate sensitivity is shown towards community, spiritual and cultural values when dealing with HIV and AIDS and illness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An accepted HIV and AIDS policy and Universal Precautions are implemented within the Early Childhood Development setting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Wellness is supported through the provision of adequate healthy meals and access to immunization, rest and medication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Adherence to medication is actively promoted and monitored, keeping in mind possible drug interactions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The need to protect the rights to privacy of information regarding HIV and AIDS status is described in terms of potential consequences for the individual and their family. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Signs and symptoms of illness are identified early and action taken is appropriate to the situation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Provide appropriate support for children, staff and families living with HIV and AIDS. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Children and adults are given appropriate emotional support to deal with HIV and AIDS and death and dying. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate support is provided for the learning and developmental needs of children living with or affected by HIV and AIDS within the Early Childhood Development family or group setting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The disclosure of HIV status is treated confidentially within a non-discriminatory and culturally-sensitive policy framework. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Assistance with the establishment of support networks is given and/or established structures in the community are used to support affected children, adults and their families. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • This Unit Standard will be assessed by an assessor and moderated by a moderator, registered with the relevant accredited ETQA responsible for the quality assurance of this Unit Standard.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider through the appropriate quality assuring ETQA, or Learning Programme approval with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the quality assuring ETQA.
  • Verification (external moderation) of assessment and moderation by the provider, will be conducted by the relevant quality assuring ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant Qualification and the agreed ETQA policy and procedures.
  • An individual wishing to be assessed through RPL against this Unit Standard, may apply to an assessment agency or provider institution accredited by the relevant quality assuring ETQA, or by an ETQA that has a formal agreement/accreditation with the relevant quality assuring ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Participate as a responsible citizen in the life of the local community by providing responsible care and creating support systems for children and adults living with HIV and AIDS.
  • Be culturally sensitive across a range of social contexts, including spirituality, language, values and norms relating to HIV and AIDS issues and responses.
  • Basic counselling skills.
  • Universal Precautions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner's ability to identify and solve problems using critical thinking in ways that ensure that responsible decisions are made on the prevention, care and support of children and adults living with HIV and AIDS. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner's ability to work effectively with others as a team in an Early Childhood Development setting and with community groups in creating support systems for children and adults living with HIV and AIDS. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner's ability to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to provide support to children and colleagues living with HIV and AIDS. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner's ability to collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information relating to the management of HIV and AIDS in Early Childhood Development settings. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner's ability to communicate effectively with children and adults about the prevention, care and support of children and adults living with HIV and AIDS using visual and language skills in both oral and written modes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner's ability to use science and technology effectively and critically in the management of HIV and AIDS in Early Childhood Development settings showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner's ability to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation in relating to the management of HIV and AIDS in Early Childhood Development settings. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    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 12839, "Support children and adults living with HIV/AIDS in ECD settings", Level 3, 8 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  66749   National Certificate: Community Development  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Elective  67509   Further Education and Training Certificate: Community Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  58761   Further Education and Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  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. Enjo Consultants 
    2. Greater Soweto Association for Early Childhood Development 
    3. Motheo Training Institute Trust 
    4. Teachers Learning Centre (Pty) Ltd 
    5. Zuzulwazi Development 



    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.