The Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy has been endorsed as a skills development provider to train and accredit students with an Occupational Certificate: Early Childhood Development Practitioner NQF Level 4 qualification. The course has been fully accredited with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), which oversees the design, implementation, assessment and certification of occupational qualifications.
Registrations for the Occupational Certificate: Early Childhood Development Practitioner NQF Level 4 qualification are now open. Entrance requirements for the course are having communication and mathematical literacy at NQF Level 3 or equivalent and/or a second language at NQF Level 2 or equivalent. Those with a matric certificate and/or experience in the early childhood development (ECD) environment but who don’t have a formal qualification (Recognition of Prior Learning) can also apply. By enrolling in this affordable and accessible course, practitioners will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and experience to refine their skills and advance their careers.
“ECD is the fundamental education which prepares children from birth to age nine with a solid foundation for future learning by developing them physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially,” explains Masennya Dikotla, the CEO of the Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy.
This particular course focuses on acquiring knowledge and skills to work with children from birth to age five in Pre-Grade R. Available in all South Africa’s official languages, the course builds on the prior knowledge of practitioners.
This qualification enables one to facilitate the all-round development of young children in a manner that is sensitive to culture and individual needs (including special needs) and enables one to provide quality early childhood development services for children in a variety of contexts, including community-based services, ECD centres, at home and in educational contexts.
The course outline on this early childhood development qualification includes modules on the following: Introduction to the early childhood development sector, theories and perspectives of childhood development, planning and programme development in early childhood settings, facilitation and mediation of active learning as well as observation and assessment in early childhood development.
“A key aspect of the course is learning through play,” explains Masennya. “Playing is critical to a child’s healthy development and learning. Over the years, Molteno has focused mainly on promoting literacy among children in Grades 1 to 3, but we made the decision to run this course because research has shown that children – especially those living in rural areas – who don’t attend preschool are put at a huge disadvantage when they reach Grade 1 and as they transition to higher grades.”
Before starting the course, practitioners undergo a five-day orientation where the course framework is outlined to them, their levels of knowledge and experience are assessed and their eligibility to work with children is determined.
Theoretical training happens for 10 months with tutoring taking place on Saturdays and during school holidays. After completing each module, students undergo practical training where they shadow a highly experienced ECD practitioner in a preschool/creche environment. This experiential training gives them a great opportunity to put what they’ve learned into practice.
Through this comprehensive course, practitioners will gain a variety of knowledge such as planning and preparing various ECD interventions, providing care and support for babies, toddlers and young children as well as facilitating and monitoring their development.
Practitioners will also gain knowledge to develop children’s motor skills and learn to organise play activities that develop their emotional intelligence in various ways like teaching them to control their emotions and express their feelings appropriately. Children will also gain various social skills through these play activities like learning the importance of sharing with friends. The course will enable practitioners to teach life skills as well as elementary maths, literacy and pre-literacy skills to kids.
In addition to these learnings, students will be taught to work more effectively with parents in numerous ways like encouraging them to reinforce what the child learns in class at home. Practitioners will learn to observe and assess children to determine whether they have any sight, hearing or other difficulties – while encouraging parents to do the same – so problems are promptly diagnosed, discussed and resolved or referred.
The course will be led by experienced Molteno trainers and take place at the Funda Community College in Soweto, Gauteng. However, if practitioners can’t travel to the college, tutorials can be arranged in their provinces.
Upon completing their studies, participants will receive an Occupational Certificate:
Early Childhood Development NQF Level 4 SAQA ID 97542. They will be qualified to teach children in Pre-Grade R and will receive 131 credits, which enable them to register for an ECD diploma.
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