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Additional information

body or mind



Social Services

Boss or Team



Good Communicator

Work With


Math & Science


Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years


Busy Environment

Early Childhood Development Practitioner

An Early Childhood Development Worker plans, organises and conducts activities to help pre-primary school students to develop a wide variety of skills including speech, reading, writing, motor skills and social interaction

How to become qualified in this field (learning path)

  1. FETC in ECD (NQF Level 4) 
  2. Diploma in ECD (NQF Level 5) 
  3. Advanced Certificate in Education – Foundation Phase and ECD(NQF Level 6) 
  4. Bachelor of Education in ECD – Foundation Phase (NQF Level 8) 

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

  • For a Bachelor’s degree or a Diploma, you will need your NSC or NS(v) certificate.
  • Entry requirements differ, but the following school subjects are recommended:
    • English as a subject is recommended
    • Maths literacy

Length of Study

1-4 years depending on your choice of qualification and educational institution:


There are many opportunities for jobs and careers in the field of Child and Youth Care Work. 

This includes:

  • Government and NGO’s and non-profit organisations (such as shelters and places of safety)
  • Educational centres
  • Community development programmes
  • Assistant probation officers in courts of law
  • Probation programmes
  • Daycare centres, schools, after-care centres and hostels
  • Children’s homes and treatment centres dealing with substance abuse programmes
  • Mediator or facilitator in communities who are “at-risk”
  • Residential care
  • Hospitals

Further Information

Department of Social Development:

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