This involves full time self study and face-to-face lectures on a Wednesday afternoon from 2pm – 5pm and two Saturdays per month.

NQF Level 5

120 credits (plus 12 credits for Work Integrated Learning)

Qualification SAQA ID:  64649

ETDP Seta Accreditation

Duration & Time: Self-study: 1 year full time Classes on campus: Every Wednesday afternoon from 2-5 and two Saturdays every month.

Minimum Requirements: Matriculation Certificate or equivalent – NSC Pass with 50% in English

Articulation Options: After obtaining a higher certificate and meeting the admission requirements, you can apply to further your studies in a related diploma qualification e.g. Grade R Diploma or pursue an entry-level position.  A higher certificate is a skills-based qualification that focuses on providing an applicant with very specific abilities in a particular field.

Cost: R24000 (including first aid training)

International Compatibility: Comparable to the Level 3 NVQ in Child Care and Education in the UK

The Occupational Certificate: Early Childhood Development has been designed to meet the needs and interests of the early childhood development sector in a variety of settings and contexts with an inclusive focus on education, health and safety issues, amongst others.

“There is a vast need for early childhood development services and it is critical that the field must be served by competent practitioners.”

In order to meet the needs at early childhood development level, it is important to be able to identify and recognise competent early childhood development practitioners who are able to work in centre-based and non-centre-based early childhood development settings.


Formative and summative assessments for all Unit Standards will be conducted and collated by Parklands College Further Education.  Students will be required to complete a Portfolio of Evidence, work integrated learning (WIL) and the Final Summative Assessment (FSA) is written at our Campus in Table View, Cape Town. 

This higher certificate aims to provide the following learning outcomes for the students:

  1. Mediate active learning in an integrated and holistic learning programme.
  1. 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.
  1. Promote the safety and healthy development of each child.
  1. Work with colleagues, families and community systems to develop each child’s potential as fully as possible.
  1. 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).
  1. Select and use appropriate methods and procedures for assessing children’s progress and reporting on this to parents.
  1. Promote the development of high quality ECD programmes and services.


  • Early Childhood Development Practitioner (Birth – 5 years)
  • Au Pair
  • Childminder
  • Work with children while travelling abroad
  • Strat their own business
  • Establish a foundation to teacher training


Knowledge Component:

Three core Unit Standards:

  • Develop and manage the ECD learning programme, 24 credits
  • Mediate active learning in ECD programmes, 36 credits
  • Promote healthy development in ECD programmes, 12 credits

Two fundamental Unit Standards:

  • Apply workplace communication skills, 10 credits
  • Present information in a public setting, 5 credits

Three elective Unit Standards:

  • Facilitate a Life Skills learning programme in the Reception year, 15 credits
  • Facilitate a Literacy learning programme in the Reception year, 15 credits
  • Facilitate a Numeracy learning programme in the Reception year, 15 credits

Work Integrated Learning (WIL), 12 credits

This option is ideal students who already work in an ECD Centre with a Grade R class. Alternatively, students are required to find a registered Early Childhood Development Centre that offers Grade R to complete their Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for 6 weeks. This school will be approved by Parklands College Further Education.


  1. Completed application form
  2. Certified copies (not older than 3 months) of : Highest academic qualification, ID Document, Proof of Residential Address, Police Clearance, Sexual Offenders Register Clearance
  3. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination




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