Programme & Course Details


Prospectus 2020

Acronyms

  • ECD – Early Childhood Development
  • ETDP SETA – Education, Training and Development Practice Sector Education Training Authority
  • NQF – National Qualifications Framework
  • QCTO – Quality Council for Trades and Occupations
  • SACE – South African Council of Educators

We offer the following courses:

A: Practical Workshops

Suitable for people: Who have interest in building particular skills, but do not want long training sessions.

A1. Toymaking with Recycled Material

A 3-day workshop that will help you as a child caregiver/ECD practitioner to make fun, interesting toys and educational games that will assist in the stimulation of babies, toddlers and young children. Most of the materials will be made with materials that can be recycled like plastic shopping bags, scraps of fabric, empty tins, plastic containers, dry foods, holder, cardboard rolls, etc.

Est. Duration: 3 days
Cost per learner: R1 500

A2. Parenting Workshops

The workshops are 8 sessions (evenings/weekends) and include 4 modules. These workshops use a poster campaign to deliver key messages about nutrition, rights, developmental areas, etc. to parents or guardians of babies, toddlers and young children. Each parent leaves with a pamphlet with some information to keep. This is delivered in the language mostly used in a community and is about getting the correct message across. The programme is run from the ECD centre service where the children are going and parents will be encouraged to join there. These are normally targeted in specific communities so that groups of parents can attend at a time. This helps parents to form support groups during the delivery of the project and/or after the workshops.

Est. Duration: 2 days per module = 8 days
Cost per learner: R4 000

B: Skills Programmes

Suitable for people: Already employed and have time limitations to attend training, but want to improve service delivery.

B1. Child Development

This is an accredited learning programme and is worth 5 credits towards a National Certificate: Community Development Level 2 and has 3 days of contact time. Any person taking care of children and supporting the development of babies, toddlers and young children will find this learning programme interesting and it will help you understand the way in which children develop holistically and you will find out the importance of creating learning activities that reach children’s minds, hearts, spirits and bodies.

Credits: 5
Level/Experience: Level 4/Grade 12
Est. Duration: 3 days
Cost per learner: R1 800

B2. Day Mother Development

This learning programme is considered a gateway entry-level into working as a child caregiver. A Day Mother can take care of up to 6 children in her home. The programme is not accredited, but it is aligned to some unit standards on Level 2. It is offering basic skills training over 20 days. These 20 days will be broken into 3 sections to make it easier for employed people to participate. If you have passed Grade 10 you will enjoy this programme. The training has 3 modules and you will be assessed for competency so you will have to complete a portfolio of evidence for submission to an assessor. You will learn how:

  • the rights and needs of children affect the service you offer to take care of babies, toddlers and young children
  • to create a nurturing and stimulating environment for children,
  • to observe and report on children’s developmental progress,
  • to administer the basics of a small child caring business

Level/Experience: Level 2/Grade 10
Est. Duration: 20 days
Cost per learner: R10 000

B3. ECD Forum Development Programme

This is a new programme and is in the process of being accredited. If you are an ECD forum member or office bearer in an ECD Forum this is for you. It is worth 44 credits against 341201001 the Occupational Cert: Community Development Worker Qualification Level 4. You will enjoy this programme is you have passed Grade 11. Training will take 25 days which will be broken up into 4 sections.

The overall outcome of this programme is to support ECD delivery and form and strengthen networks around ECD provision to improve quality. This programme has 4 modules.

Module 1: Introduction to community development will help you understand community development concepts and approaches as well as project management in this context

Module 2: Establish an ECD forum will help you understand leadership, operating as a team, cooperation and composition as well as the norming, forming and shaping the forum. You will also develop skills for effective forum meetings which can be applied in general.

Module 3: ECD Forum stakeholder relationships will help you to learn how to communicate appropriately as a forum member or forum office bearers

Module 4: Resource and sustain an ECD forum will help you find smart ways to form partnerships that matter and support the forum in its efforts to improve the community and monitor the performance of the forum.

Credits: 44
Level/Experience: Level 4/Grade 12
Est. Duration: 25 days
Cost per learner: R15 000

B4. Money Management

This learning programme does what it is called. The programme is ideal for creche owners, site heads, ECD forum members or office bearers, or anyone who wants to learn simple financial principals in a practical way.

This programme will help you to work with money so that you control money in a way that helps you grow your business. The programme is in the process of being accredited on Level 3 for 10 credits towards the National Certificate: Community Development 66749. If you have passed Grade 10 you will enjoy this programme. The programme takes 5 days. The programme has 4 modules and they are:

Module 1: What does it mean to manage money is all about building your awareness of money and how it moves and learning simple concepts and ideas about money. You will learn to work with petty cash in a disciplined manner.

Module 2: Record Keeping – Income and Expenses is going to help you perform the administration required to organise money coming in and going out of your business

Module 3: Roles and Responsibilities has a focus on being able to comply with what the Department of Social Development’s requirements are in terms of financial management records and reports.

Module 4: Planning with money is able to help you learn more about budgeting and skills that help you plan better with money and how to control things to care of the unexpected.

Credits: 10
Level/Experience: Level 3/Grade 11
Est. Duration: 5 days
Cost per learner: R3 000

B5. Mentoring in ECD

This learning programme is for site heads, supervisors and managers who want to be a part of grooming caregivers and/or practitioners in ECD. If you want to learn skills that help you guide and develop people, then you will enjoy this programme. The programme is in the process of being accredited. It will gain you 3 credits towards 50332 Further Education and Training Certificate: Occupationally Directed Education and Development Practices. 2 days are needed to attend. If you have passed Grade 11 you will enjoy the level of this programme.

Course outcomes include mentoring concepts and approaches, characteristics of mentors and the importance of the mentor’s knowledge and understanding. The programme also teaches you the skills and techniques required of a mentor especially communication and feedback skills.

Some of the mentors we are training will be to mentor learners training on the Level 4 Occupational Certificate: Early Childhood Development Practitioner which has a workplace component. Mentors are needed to support the learners. If you have long term ECD experience and would like to play such a role, this is for you.

Credits: 3
Level/Experience: Level 4/Grade 12
Est. Duration: 2 days
Cost per learner: R1 200

B6. ECD Caregiver Level 2

This learning programme used to be called CARE and it was successfully run for many years. We have improved this programme and aligned it to include updated information. This is similar to the day mother programme, but for suitable for caregivers in ECD Centres.

This programme is currently being accredited as a QCTO skills programme and it will be valued at 37 credits and is 20 days long. It is an open entry skills programme, but if you have Grade 10 you will enjoy the learning experience more.

The training has 3 modules and you will be assessed for competency so you will have to complete a portfolio of evidence for submission to an assessor. You will learn how:

  • the rights and needs of children affect the ECD service you offer to babies, toddlers and young children
  • to create a nurturing and stimulating development environment for children,
  • to observe and report on children’s developmental progress,
  • to administer the basics of a child-caring business by observing the compliance requirements

Credits: 35
Level/Experience: Level 2/Grade 10
Est. Duration: 20 days
Cost per learner: R10 000

B7. Inclusion

If you want to know more about inclusion and how to create an environment and activities for the development of children with different special needs, abilities and challenges you will find help on this programme. At this stage, it is not accredited and is 4 days long. The programme has four modules and they are:

Module 1: All children are different

Module 2: Identifying barriers to learning

Module 3: Supporting children with barriers to learning

Module 4: Understanding specific barriers to learning

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C: Occupational Certificates

Suitable for people: Employed or unemployed people, but only if you have sufficient time for participating in learning experiences and events that may take you from home or work.

C1. Occupational Certificate

Early Childhood Development (ECD) Practitioner Level 4 is to help you become a professional. This qualification has three components: Knowledge, Practical and Workplace Experience

It takes 7-10 months (3.5 months’ classroom time) to complete. An external exam will be conducted to see if you are competent and this is organised, assessed and moderated by the ETDP SETA and the QCTO.

A qualified learner will be able to:

  1. Plan and prepare the broad-phase learning environment and stimulating activities that meet the holistic needs of all children in center-based or non-center-based settings.
  2. Facilitate and mediate all aspects of the daily programme in a centre-based or non-centre based setting.
  3. Observe, assess and record each child’s progress according to the age and stage.
  4. Compile a report of each child’s progress.
  5. Maintain and promote the well-being, health, nutrition, safety and protection of children.

The learning programme has 6 modules and they are:

Module 1: Introduction to working with children

Module 2: Suitable environment for developing children

Module 3: Techniques in ECD

Module 4: Assessment Practice

Module 5: Heath, safety and well – being of children in ECD

Module 6: Administration in ECD

If you achieve this Level 4 qualification, then you will be allowed to proceed to Level 5 qualifications which is the minimum for becoming an educator in South Africa. At Level 4, you can be provisionally registered at SACE and at Level 5 you will be registered at SACE as an educator.

Credits: 131
Level/Experience: Level 4/Grade 12
Est. Duration: 10 months
Cost per learner: R24 050

Please contact Letlhogonolo Bokaba on 011 463 0551 or nolo@earlycarefoundation.org for further assistance on the application and registration process.