Occupational Certificate ECD – Level 4 – 97542

Occupational Certificate ECD – Level 4 – 97542


The SAQA Qualification 97542- Occupational Certificate Early Childhood Development Practitioner (ECD) qualification is a qualification that empowers the learner to follow a career in Grade R teaching and pre-school management.  Many of those who seek this qualification are already working in the ECD field without a formal qualification or recognition.  Learners who have completed this programme successfully can seek employment in the field of Early Childhood Development.  This qualification also is a stepping stone to the level 5 diploma in Early Childhood Development.

Entry Requirements
Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 3 or equivalent.
Second language at NQF level 2 or equivalent.


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Detailed Information

Modules for this Qualification


  • The landscape of early childhood development
    • History of early childhood development
    • Definitions, concepts and principles of early childhood development, including inclusive learning and the continuum of early childhood
    • Legislation and policy frameworks relating to the early childhood development field
  • Essential package for early childhood development
    • The essential package of early childhood development service
    • The critical role of the family in the child’s development
  • Child development
    • Types and application of child development related theories
    • Child development from conception to school-going age, including brain development in the first 1000 days
    • Domains of child development and how they interrelate
  • Early childhood learning environments
    • National curriculum framework, guidelines and documents for early childhood development
    • Play in early education and childcare
    • Stimulating and supporting early learning at home
  • Equality and inclusion in childhood development
    • Promotion of anti-bias and ensuring equality of opportunities
    • Supporting the child’s first language
    • Promoting self-regulation
  • Early childhood development programmes
    • Early childhood development-related programs
    • Daily programme/daily routines, including design activities and transitions
    • Program planning and evaluation
    • Uses of information technology with children
  • Facilitation and mediation in early childhood development
    • Facilitation and mediation of all children’s learning
    • Adult-directed and child-initiated learning
    • Supporting language, literacy and maths in an early childhood education setting
    • Types and features of basic resources and teaching aids, including adapted equipment
  • Observation in early childhood development
    • Contribution of observation to the assessment of child development and responsive practice
    • Observation and assessment as continuous, inclusive and culturally sensitive and a team effort
    • Observation methods which ensure that records are accurate, systematic and used for reporting to parents and for referrals and future planning
  • Assessment and recording on child progress
    • Assessment strategies, types and challenges
  • Professionalism through reflecting and improving on own practice
    • Standards for personal/professional behaviour in education of children
  • Health and nutritional needs of children and pregnant women
    • Age-appropriate approaches to health needs of children and pregnant women
    • Age-appropriate approaches to nutritional needs of children and pregnant women
  • Interventions to promote the health, nutrition, safety, protection and well-being of children
    • Integrated management and control of childhood illnesses
    • Roles and responsibility of practitioners and agencies in promoting child health, safety, well-being and interventions
  • Hygiene and universal precautions
  • Childhood trauma and distress
  • Early childhood administrative systems and processes
    • Requirements for registration
    • Early childhood programme policies, procedures and records
    • Parent involvement initiatives in early childhood services
    • Types of administrative information and documentation


  • 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 the age and stage
  • Support and promote the health, nutrition, safety, protection and well-being of children
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with parents and other service provider
  • Prepare and maintain administrative system


  • Learning programme 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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