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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.

Required Qualifications

To become an Early Childhood Development Practitioner in South Africa, you will need:

  1. Certificate (FETC in ECD (NQF Level 4) 
  2. Diploma (Diploma in ECD (NQF Level 5))
  3. Certificate (Advanced Certificate in Education – Foundation Phase and ECD(NQF Level 6))
  4. Bachelor’s Degree (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:

Length of Study

Early Childhood Development Practitioners in South Africa typically study between 1-4 years depending on your choice of qualification and educational institution.

Employment Opportunities

Early Childhood Development Practitioners in South Africa often work at:

  • 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

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