Occupational Certificate: Early Childhood Development Practitioner NQF 4 with SAQA ID 97542


The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as an Early Childhood Development Practitioner.
An Early Childhood Development Practitioner 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 – school going) in different centre-based or non-centre based settings.

TITLE : Occupational Certificate: Early Childhood Development Practitioner NQF 4
SAQA ID : 97542
PROGRAMME DURATION : 1 310 hours of training (30% Theory 70% Work based practical learning)

On completion of this qualification learners are able to:

  1. Plan and prepare broad-phase learning environment and stimulating activities that meet the holistic needs of all children. In centre-based or non-centre-based settings.
  2. Facilitate and mediate all aspects of the daily programme in a centre-based or non-centre based setting.
  3. Observe, assess and record each child’s progress according to the age and stage.
  4. Compile a report of each child’s progress.
  5. Maintain and promote the well-being, health, nutrition, safety and protection of children.
234201000-KM-01 Knowledge Modules Introduction to the early childhood development
NQF Level 4 4
234201000-KM-02 Knowledge Modules Theories and Perspectives of Child Development NQF Level 5 6
234201000-KM-03 Knowledge Modules Planning and Programme Development in early
childhood settings
NQF Level 4 8
234201000-KM-04 Knowledge Modules Facilitation and mediation of active learning NQF Level 5 12
234201000-KM-05 Knowledge Modules Observation and assessment in early childhood
NQF Level 4 4
234201000-KM-06 Knowledge Modules Promotion of health, safety and well-being of children NQF Level 4 6
234201000-KM-07 Knowledge Modules Administration for early childhood development
services and programmes
NQF Level 3 3
234201000-PM-01 Practical Skill Modules Plan and prepare inclusive educational activities and
routines using an approved programme based on the
curriculum framework
NQF Level 4 12
234201000-PM-02 Practical Skill Modules Facilitate and mediate active learning in an integrated
and holistic learning programme
NQF Level 5 9
234201000-PM-03 Practical Skill Modules Observe, assess, record and report each child’s
progress according to the age and stage
NQF Level 4 4
234201000-PM-04 Practical Skill Modules Support and promote the health, nutrition, safety,
protection and well-being of children
NQF Level 4 12
234201000-PM-05 Practical Skill Modules Build and maintain collaborative relationships with
parents and other service providers
NQF Level 4 3
234201000-PM-06 Practical Skill Modules Prepare and maintain administrative systems NQF Level 3 3
234201000-WM-01 Work Experience Modules Learning programme and routines planning and
preparation process
NQF Level 4 13
234201000-WM-02 Work Experience Modules Processes of facilitating and mediating the learning
programme in a variety of contexts
NQF Level 4 15
234201000-WM-03 Work Experience Modules Processes of observation, assessment, recording and
reporting on children’s learning and development
NQF Level 4 7
234201000-WM-04 Work Experience Modules Processes and procedures of promoting the health,
nutrition, safety, protection and well-being of children
in an early childhood development setting
NQF Level 4 10