Damelin Early Childhood Course



Damelin Early Childhood Course, Do you enjoy interacting with little children? Are you an understanding and caring person with high patience levels? Then you could fit well into a career in Early Childhood Development (ECD).



Whether it’s a hands-on role as an educator working in a preschool or day care service, a health role such as a maternal and child health nurse; or a managerial role running a service, you’ll go home each day knowing that your work is supporting and enriching the lives of children and their families. Early childhood is a growth sector and qualified, committed early childhood professionals are in demand. Your training and education will be rewarded with a satisfying position and you can take your qualification to various sectors.
This course has been carefully designed to provide you with a deeper and more complex understanding of the knowledge, skills, and values required being an effective Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioner. ECD is one of the most necessary and rewarding career fields available in education today and we have designed this course to be informative, fun and practical, to ensure that you become an active learner. So take on a profession that allows you to mould and shape children to becoming bright, responsible and empowered individuals with the Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Development.



Why study with Damelin?

As soon as you join the Damelin family, you become part of a network of students, lecturers and friends, who will assist and support you during this exciting journey in your life. Our courses are designed to make your learning as comfortable as possible, with facilities that allow you to build your career in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our lecturers will provide all the support and guidance you require, so you leave Damelin with an unforgettable campus experience.

How to get in?

Registering for the Higher Certificate: Early Childhood Development (ECD) is simple. We have various touch-points for your convenience. Simply call, email, fill in an online enquiry form, or pop into one of our 17 campuses nationwide, where one of our consultants will gladly assist you.
Requirements:



  • English language at NQF 4 /Grade 12 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF 4 /Grade 12 or equivalent.
  • A South African second language at NQF 4 /Grade 12 or equivalent.

Time you will spend on the course

This is a one-year course, in which you will attend full-time classes during the week (based on certificate requirements). A year planner and academic calendar is available at the start of the year with dates and times of classes and campus activities to help you plan your schedule.

Course content and modules

You will cover these modules during the duration of your qualification.
Mediating Learning

  • Explain and apply consistent theories of child development of individual children to inform own practice and planning on an individual basis

Literacy, Numeracy and Life Skills

  • Learners are able to describe, plan, prepare, implement, assess and evaluate a Literacy programme, activities and material
  • Learners are able to describe, plan, prepare, implement, assess and evaluate a Numeracy programme, activities and material
  • Learners are able to describe, plan, prepare, implement, assess and evaluate a Life Skills programme, activities and material

Managing a Learning Programme

  • Learners are able to establish and maintain efficient management systems that ensure the effective functioning of the ECD site

Safety, Nutrition and Healthy Development

  • Demonstrate the ability to implement comprehensive safety & health policies in a holistic, inclusive & developmentally appropriate way with families and wider community

Computer Skills

  • Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, Internet and email.

Communication Skills

  • Confidently conduct a presentation in public

Basic Financial Skills

  • Manage Material and Financial Resources

Working with Colleagues, Families and Communities

  • To promote effective communication between ECD practice, families and communities

Assessing Children’s Progress

  • To select and use appropriate methods for assessing children’s progress on a systematic basis, and establish process for communication with family about their children’s progress

Professional Practice in ECD

  • Understand and promote professional accountability in practice

ECD Practical (1st and 2nd semester)

  • Planning a Learning Programme
  • Facilitating a Learning Programme
  • Assessing children
  • Evaluation of Learning Programme and self

Workplace Learning
This programme includes a compulsory Workplace Learning component. Workplace Learning provides important opportunities for professional and personal growth. It addresses specific competencies identified for the acquisition of the qualification, which relates to the development of skills that will make the learner employable and will assist in developing his/her personal skills.
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Materials to stay ahead

A list of prescribed textbooks will be made available at the start of the course. You will also receive an electronic version (e-guide) of this course. Textbooks are excluded from the course fee.

Careers you’d be great at

  • Caregiver
  • ECD Practitioner
  • ECD Entrepreneur

The strength in your qualification

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Damelin results letter outlining the unit standards covered and Damelin will apply to ETDP on your behalf for the Higher Certificate: Early Childhood Development.

*This programme is offered by Damelin and quality assured by the Damelin Academic Board.

 

FET Certificate: Early Childhood Development NQF 4

Course fee

Price: R17,000.00
Please Note:
The special Payment in Full Web Price listed above is only valid if you complete the enrolment form on the Damelin Correspondence website and choose one of the Payment in Full options available to you.
Your Payment in Full options are:

  • Credit Card (you can use your budget facility)
  • Internet Banking Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
  • Direct Deposit (at any FNB Bank Branch)
  • Cheque, Postal Order (delivered or posted to one of our branches) or Cash (paid at one of our branches)

The Payment Plan option on our website does not qualify you for our special Web Only Prices.

Course Introduction

This is an entry-level Qualification for those who want to enter the field of Education, Training and Development specifically within the sub-field of Early Childhood Development (ECD). This qualification is aimed at people who are already practising within the field without formal recognition as well as for those who wish to enter the field. The qualification enables recipients to plan and prepare for early childhood development; facilitate and monitor the development of babies, toddlers and young children; and provide care and support to babies, toddlers and young children.

Course Contents

FUNDAMENTAL
Mathematical Literacy

  • 7468 Use Mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues
  • 9015 Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems
  • 9016 Represent, analyse and calculate shape and motion in a 2- and 3-dimensional space in different contexts

Second South African Language – Kommunikasie



  • 119472 Akkommodering van die gehoor deur middel van mondelinge kommunikasie of lyftaal om sodoende die spreker se boodskap duideliker oor to dra
  • 119457 Skryf ‘n reeks kommunikasietekste
  • 119467 Taal en kommunikasie in beroepsgerigte leerprogramme 119457 Interpretasie en gebruik van tekste

Communication

  • 119462 Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts 119469 Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts
  • 119471 Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
  • 119459 Write/present/sign for wide range of contexts

CORE

  • 244468 Prepare resources and set up the environment to support the development of babies, toddlers and young children
  • 244462 Work with families and communities to support Early Childhood Development
  • 244484 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the development of babies, toddlers and young children 244480 Facilitate the holistic development of babies, toddlers and young children
  • 244475 Observe and report on child development
  • 244472 Prepare Early Childhood Development programmes with support
  • 244469 Provide care for babies, toddlers and young children
  • 244485 Design activities to support the development of babies, toddlers and young children

ELECTIVES

  • 244578 Describe how to manage reactions arising from a traumatic event
  • 244459 Support children and adults living with HIV and AIDS
  • 242816 Conduct a structured meeting
  • 13643 Develop learning programmes to enhance participation of students with special needs

Career Fields/Further StudiesThe qualification facilitates the all-round development of young children in a manner that is sensitive to culture and individual needs (including special needs), and teaches you to provide quality early childhood development services for children in a variety of contexts, including community-based services, ECD centres, at home and in institutions. This qualification also provides a basis for further professional development in the education and training band for many experienced practitioners in the field who have had limited or difficult access to further career development opportunities.
On successful completion practitioners will generally carry out their role under the supervision of a qualified ECD NQF Level 5 practitioner and with the support of designed ECD programmes.

Accreditation

SAQA ID: 58761
NQF Level: 4
Credits: 141

Programme Type

The Further Education and Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development, NQF Level 4, SAQA ID 58761 is a credit-bearing National Qualification registered on the NQF (National Qualifications Framework) and accredited by the quality assurance body ETDP SETA (Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority).

Programme Duration

You should be able to complete this course within 24 months.

Entrance Requirements

Communication and Maths Literacy at NQF Level 3 , Grade 11 (Std. 9) and a second South African language at NQF Level 2, Grade 10 (Std. 8).

Student Assessment

Assessment of your competency is based on the evidence you will submit in conducted Portfolios of Evidence (PoE). Each PoE will include theoretical tasks and evidence of the practical tasks done at a registered ECD centre. It is therefore important that you know and understand that you must identify and arrange access to a registered ECD centre at the start of your studies, in order to complete the practical tasks required, without which you will not be able to complete your studies. Practical tasks are integrated with the theory.
All students are encouraged to work on all the assignments that are in the study guide. However, students are required to submit compulsory assignments that are provided in the Study Programme. Only these compulsory assignments will be marked and accounted for to be included in the final mark.

Certification

Upon successful completion of the programme and verification conducted by the ETDP SETA, students will receive the ETDP SETA award Further Education and Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development NQF Level 4 SAQA ID 58761 and a DCC statement of results outlining the unit standards successfully completed. DCC applies bi-annually to the ETDP SETA for verification on behalf of the student.

 

Higher Certificate: Early Childhood Development NQF 5

Course fee

Price: R18,300.00
Please Note:
The special Payment in Full Web Price listed above is only valid if you complete the enrolment form on the Damelin Correspondence website and choose one of the Payment in Full options available to you.
Your Payment in Full options are:

  • Credit Card (you can use your budget facility)
  • Internet Banking Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
  • Direct Deposit (at any FNB Bank Branch)
  • Cheque, Postal Order (delivered or posted to one of our branches) or Cash (paid at one of our branches)

The Payment Plan option on our website does not qualify you for our special Web Only Prices.

Course Introduction

The Higher Certificate: Early Childhood Develeopment is designed to provide access to further education for many experienced and skilled Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioners and trainers who do not have recognised qualifications. The elective unit standards encompass Literacy, Numeracy and Life Skills learning programmes for the Reception Year and develops ECD practioners who specialise in aspects of ECD practice.

Course Contents

Fundamental: Communication

  • 8647 – Apply Workplace Communication Skills

Core

  • 13853-Mediate Active Learning in ECD Programmes
  • 13854-Promote Healthy Development in ECD Programmes
  • 13855-  Develop and Manage the ECD Learning Programme

Electives

  • 10289 – Facilitate a Programme of Learning Organise a Programme of Learning
  • 10288 – Organise a Programme of Learning
  • 7409 – Facilitating a Literacy Learning Programme in the Reception Year
  • 7408 – Facilitating a Life Skills Learning Programme in the Reception Year
  • 7410 – Facilitating a Numeracy Learning Programme in the Reception Year

Career Fields/Further Studies

Practioners who have successfully completed this qualification are able to use their knowledge of child growth and development in the following contexts: home-based and ECD centres, family and community motivators, fieldworkers, facilitators, trainers and managers to provide appropriate education, training and development services in the ECD sub-field.

Accreditation

SAQA ID: 64649
NQF Level: 5
Credits: 155

Programme Type

The Higher Certificate: Early Childhood Development, NQF 5, SAQA ID 23117 is an accredited NQF programme with ETDP SETA.

Programme Duration

You should be able to complete this course within 24 months.

Entrance Requirements

In order to achieve the exit level outcomes of this qualification, students need the following knowledge and skills equivalent to NQF Level 4:

  • The ability to read, write and use written resource material for learning and teaching in at least two South African languages
  • The ability to understand fundamental mathematical/numerical concepts

Plus the applied competence outlined in the core unit standards at Level 4:

  • Facilitate Active Learning in ECD Programmes;
  • Facilitate Healthy Development in ECD Programmes; and
  • Manage the ECD Learning Programme.

Student Assessment

Assessment of your competency is based on the evidence you will submit in conducted Portfolios of Evidence (PoE). Each PoE will include theoretical tasks and evidence of the practical tasks done at a registered ECD centre. It is therefore important that you know and understand that you must identify and arrange access to a registered ECD centre at the start of your studies, in order to complete the practical tasks required, without which you will not be able to complete your studies. Practical tasks are integrated with the theory.

Certification



Upon successful completion of the programme and verification conducted by the ETDP SETA, students will receive the ETDP SETA award Higher Certificate: Early Childhood Development NQF Level 5 SAQA ID 23117 and an DCC statement of results outlining the unit standards successfully completed. DCC applies bi-annually to the ETDP SETA for verification on behalf of the student.