Boost for ECD education

Applications have opened for the 2017 Early Childhood Development (ECD) courses, presented by Learning for Sustainability, at the Sustainability Institute in Stellenbosch.

The ECD courses aim to equip attendees, ie recent matriculants, creche staff, childcare personnel, nannies, etc, with both an understanding and practical experience of what they need to facilitate the holistic learning experience of pre-school children.

The NQF Further Education and Training Certificate: ECD (Level 4) qualification is the entry-level qualification for ECD practitioners. It serves as the equivalent of a Grade 12, and a Grade 9 certificate is required for entry.

This qualification aims to provide ECD practitioners with the necessary skills to facilitate the holistic development of young children, including those children with special needs.

The NQF National Diploma or Higher Certificate: ECD (Level 5) qualification is intended to provide higher education to experienced ECD practitioners (including ECD teachers, Grade R teachers, trainers, family and community motivators in ECD, and managers in ECD) who already have a Further Education and Training Certificate: ECD (Level 4) qualification, or at least a Grade 12 certificate.

It aims to provide ECD practitioners with the necessary skills to use their experience and knowledge in ECD to further their professional practice, and specialise in a particular area of ECD.

Applications are accepted from matriculants, early learning centre- and crèche assistants, preschool assistants, and individuals who have worked in the industry and wants formal recognition.

The classes for all levels take place from Mondays to Fridays, 8.30am to 4pm, for one week a month for the duration of the course, with half-day classes on Fridays, from 8.30am to 1pm.

The ECD full and part time accredited qualifications on NQF level 4 and NQF level 5 aims to build capacity that enables the sustainability of communities through early childhood development and to equip ECD practitioners with knowledge, experience and skills in a teaching methodology and philosophy based on the work of Dr Maria Montessori.

Applications will close on Tuesday February 28.

For information on course fees, and to apply, visit or email