Online qualifications in early childhood development.

Read Institute offers online qualifications in Early Childhood Development.

With The Read Institute, we enable you to continue your growth while still having the means to look after your well being. Online qualifications make it easy to continue improving yourself and learning without giving up your current income streams.  

Working in ECD requires a true passion for small children. Our online qualification will give you the tools to help children reach their full potential. The overall development of children is the core focus of our online early childhood development qualification.

Our ECD Qualification facilitates the holistic development of young children in a manner that is sensitive to culture and individual needs - including special needs. It will allow you to provide quality childhood development services in a variety of contexts.

What is Early Childhood Development?

Early Childhood Development is a branch of education theory that relates to the teaching of children from birth up to the age of eight.

Early Childhood Development pertains to the physical, psychological, cognitive and social development that a child experiences between birth and school-going-age.

ECD is a comprehensive approach to teaching children from birth to nine years of age with support from parents and caregivers. ECD aims to protect the rights of children to develop their full cognitive, emotional, social and physical potential.

What does an Early Childhood Development Practitioner Do?

  • Plans and prepares early childhood activities
  • Facilitates and mediates learning
  • Observes and assesses the progress of children
  • Reflects on learning in an inclusive, play-based environment to support the holistic development of children (from conception to school going)

These activities can be in different centre-based or non-centre based settings.

Benefits Children Recieve from Early Childhood Development

ECD gives children a strong foundation. Children who are given a strong foundation in early childhood are:

  • More likely to overcome developmental problems
  • More likely to be school-ready when they reach school-going age
  • More likely to be physically healthy
  • More likely to reach their full potential
  • More likely to grow into responsible citizens
  • More likely to become economically active adults
  • More likely to have a positive effect on the next generation through good parenting of their own children

Essential Aspects of Early Childhood Development:

  • Nutrition
  • Health Care
  • Age-appropriate physical activity
  • Love and affection
  • Social Interaction
  • Opportunities for learning

There are different providers of Early Childhood Development in South Africa. These can be categorized as Informal and Formal Providers of Early Childhood Development.

Informal Providers

Parents, family members and other caregivers such as nannies provide children with opportunities for early childhood development in an informal manner through:

  • Giving them educational toys to play with
  • Providing them with healthy meals and adequate medical care
  • Showing them love, care and affection

Formal Providers

In terms of the Children's Act 28 of 2005, all facilities that provide care for pre-school age children must provide ECD programmes:

  • Be registered with the Department of Social Development
  • Must be run (and staffed by) suitably qualified and experienced ECD practitioners

The Children's Act regulates the provision of Early Childhood Development Services and ECD Programmes in various childcare facilities, including partial care facilities such as crèches and pre-schools

ECD Practitioners

Suitably qualified individuals who work in ECD Centres and who run ECD programmes
Educational Institutions can employ ECD practitioners as:

  • Playschool teachers
  • Pre-school teachers
  • Pre-school directors