FET Certificate - NQF Level 4 Qualification in Early Childhood Development

 

Qualification Rules 

The NQF Level 4 Qualification in Early Childhood Development consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component. To be awarded the Qualification, learners are required to obtain a minimum of 140 credits as detailed below.

 

Fundamental Component:


The Fundamental Component of the NQF Level 4 Qualification in Early Childhood Development includes Unit Standards in:

• Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 to the value of 16 credits.
• Communication at NQF Level 4 in a First South African Language to the value of 20 credits.
• Communication in a Second South African Language at NQF Level 3 to the value of 20 credits.

It is compulsory therefore for learners to do Communication in two different South African languages, one at NQF Level 4 and the other at NQF Level 3.
All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.


Core Component of NQF Level 4 Qualification in Early Childhood Development:

The core component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 64 credits all of which are compulsory.

 

Elective Component in NQF Level 4 Qualification in Early Childhood Development:

The elective component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 45 credits.

Those who wish to take up employment as a Grade-R practitioner are advised to take the following Elective Unit Standards:

• ID 244260: Facilitate a Life Skills Learning Programme in the Reception Year.
• ID 244257: Facilitate a Literacy Learning Programme in the Reception Year.
• ID 244256: Facilitate a Numeracy Learning Programme in the Reception Year.

 

Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:


This Qualification addresses the following Critical Cross-Field Outcomes, as detailed in the associated unit standards:

• Identify and solve a variety of problems showing that responsible decisions have been made based on knowledge of Early Childhood Development and teaching practices.
• Work effectively with others as a member of a team and in co-operation with family members and the community in supporting early childhood development.
• Organise oneself and one's activities responsibly to manage an effective learning programme that meets the needs and interests of young children.
• Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information relating to children's needs and progress in the Early Childhood Development programme.
• Communicate effectively with co-workers, children, their families and community members using visual materials and language skills, mainly verbal but also written.
• Use appropriate technology in making learning resources and solving problems relating children's health and safety, showing responsibility towards the environment.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the holistic and integrated nature of child development and the interaction of various social, economic and environmental systems in creating and solving problems related to providing Early Childhood Development services.

 

Developmental outcomes of NQF Level 4 Qualification in Early Childhood Development:


• Reflect on and explore one's own learning strategies and those used by young children.
• Participate as a responsible citizen in the life of the local community by facilitating the learning and development of its young children in co-operation with families and advocating children's rights to quality learning opportunities.
• Be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts by exploring and implementing anti-bias and culture-fair attitudes, values and practices that also involve art, music and dramatic play activities.
• Explore education and career opportunities in the Early Childhood Development sub-field.
• Develop entrepreneurial opportunities in setting up and managing Early Childhood Development services, learning basic administrative skills and craft skills in making learning resources.

 

 

 

Unit Standards

              ID         


UNIT STANDARD TITLE 


NQF LEVEL    CREDITS 
  Core

 244468

 Prepare resources and set up the environment to support the development of babies, toddlers and young children   NQF Level 03


5

 Core   

 244462 

 Work with families and communities to support Early Childhood Development   NQF Level 03


 Core   

 244484 

 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the development of babies, toddlers and young children   NQF Level 04


8 

 Core   

 244480 

 Facilitate the holistic development of babies, toddlers and young children   NQF Level 04 


16 

 Core   

 244475 

 Observe and report on child development   NQF Level 04 


6 

 Core  

 244472 

 Prepare Early Childhood Development programmes with support   NQF Level 04 


6 

 Core   

 

2 44469 

 Provide care for babies, toddlers and young children   NQF Level 04 


10 

 Core  

 244485 

 Design activities to support the development of babies, toddlers and young children 

  Level TBA:

  Pre-2009 was   L5


8 

 Fundamental   

 119472 

 Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication   NQF Level 03 


5 

 Fundamental   

 119457 

 Interpret and use information from texts   NQF Level 03 


 Fundamental     119467   Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes   NQF Level 03 


5 

 Fundamental     119465   Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts   NQF Level 03 


5 

 Fundamental     9015   Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems   NQF Level 04  


6 

 Fundamental     119462   Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts   NQF Level 04  


5 

 Fundamental     119469   Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts   NQF Level 04  


5 

 Fundamental     9016   Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts   NQF Level 04  


4 

 Fundamental   119471    Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes   NQF Level 04  


5 

 Fundamental   7468    Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  NQF Level 04  


 Fundamental     119459   Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts   NQF Level 04  

 

5 

 Elective    244260   Facilitate a Life Skills Learning Programme in the Reception Year 


 Level TBA:

 Pre-2009 was   L5

15 
 Elective    244257   Facilitate a Literacy Learning Programme in the Reception Year 


Level TBA:

 Pre-2009 was   L5

15 
 Elective    244256   Facilitate a Numeracy Learning Programme in the Reception Year 


 Level TBA:

 Pre-2009 was   L5

15