Early Childhood Development Practitioner

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as an Early Childhood Development Practitioner. An Early Childhood Development Practitioner plans and prepares early childhood activities, facilitates and mediates learning, observes and assesses the progress of children, and reflects on learning in an inclusive, play-based environment to support holistic development of children (from conception – school going) in different center-based or non-center based   settings.

Course Rating


Total Credits: 131

Career Focus

  • Creche leader
  • Child minder
  • Nursery nurse
  • Special Educational Needs supporter
  • Pre-school Leader
  • Nursery supervisor

Course structure

Knowledge modules

  • Introduction to early childhood development sector.
  • Theories and perspective of childhood development.
  • Planning and Programme development in early childhood settings.
  • Facilitation and mediation of active learning, at NQF Level
  • Observation and assessment in early childhood development.
  • Promotion of health, safety and well-being of children.
  • Administration for early childhood development services and programmes. 

Practical modules

  • Plan and prepare inclusive educational activities and routines using an approved programme based on the curriculum framework.
  • Facilitate and mediate active learning in an integrated and holistic learning programme. 
  • Observe, assess, record and report each child’s progress according to age and stage.

Workplace modules

  • Learning programmes and routines planning and preparation process. 
  • Processes of facilitating and mediating the learning programme in a variety of contexts.
  • Processes of observation, assessment, recording and reporting on children’s learning and development.
  • Processes and procedures of promoting the health, nutrition, safety, protection and well-being of children in an early childhood development setting.

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