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Applications open for NQF level 4 and 5 ECD courses at Sustainability Institute

Applications are currently open for the 2017 ECD (Early Childhood Development) courses, presented by Learning for Sustainability at the Sustainability Institute in Stellenbosch.


The ECD courses aim to equip attendees (who could be recent matriculants, creche staff, childcare personnel, nannies etc.) with both an understanding and practical experience of what they need to facilitate the holistic learning experience of pre-school children.


The NQF Further Education and Training Certificate: ECD (Level 4) qualification is the entry-level qualification for ECD practitioners. It serves as the equivalent of a Grade 12, and a Grade 9 certificate is required for entry. This qualification aims to provide ECD practitioners with the necessary skills to facilitate the holistic development of young children (including those children with special needs).


The NQF National Diploma or Higher Certificate: ECD (Level 5) qualification is intended to provide higher education to experienced ECD practitioners (including ECD teachers, Grade R teachers, trainers, Family and Community Motivators in ECD, and managers in ECD) who already have a Further Education and Training Certificate: ECD (Level 4) qualification, or at least a Grade 12 certificate. It aims to provide ECD practitioners with the necessary skills to use their experience and knowledge in ECD to further their professional practice, and specialise in a particular area of ECD.


Who can apply?


  • Matriculants
  • Early learning centre/crèche assistants
  • Preschool assistants
  • Individuals who have worked in the industry and wants formal recognition


The classes for all levels take place from Mondays to Fridays (08:30 – 16:00), one week per month for the duration of the course. Friday classes are half-day (8:30 to 13:00).


The ECD Full and Part time accredited qualifications on NQF level 4 and NQF level 5 aims to build capacity that enables the sustainability of communities through Early Childhood Development and to equip ECD practitioners with knowledge, experience and skills in a teaching methodology and philosophy based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori.


For more information on the course fees, and to apply, please contact Juliet McGear at juliet@sustainabilityinstitute.net or visit our website at http://www.sustainabilityinstitute.net.


Applications close on 28 February 2017.




Note to editors:


About Sustainability Institute: The Sustainability Institute (SI) was established in Lynedoch Ecovillage in 1999 to provide a space for people to explore an approach to creating a more equitable society. At the core of the SI’s work has been finding ways of living that sustain rather than destroy the eco-system within which all society is embedded. Our focus on children led to the founding of the Creche, and later Baby Centre, and AfterCare programmes. Our partnership with the School of Public Leadership at the University of Stellenbosch built up our Masters and PhD programmes in Sustainable Development.