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What is happening in the ECD sector now?

On 1 April 2022, the Early Childhood Development (ECD) moved from the Department of Social Development (DSD) to the Department of Basic Education (DBE). In Parliament, the Minister for Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, confirmed her department’s commitment to coming up with an enabling registration process for ECDs to address the issues in the registration process, and to make sure that an online registration system is in place to smooth-run the process. The minister stated that the sector was looking for extra funding from Treasury for ECD, and Treasury is dedicated to including ECD as a top priority in future.

With every change comes along its own advantages and disadvantages, opportunities and closed doors. This is the best opportunity for anyone working with children to ensure the proper processes are followed legally from the registration of ECDs to the qualifications of staff. In as much as previously this was not fully implemented, the changes will result in improvement in compliance for ECD centres.

One of the compliance needed will centre around qualifications of ECD personnel. All ECD practitioners must have the relevant qualification in order to work with children. Ekurhuleni Technical College is offering a new course Educare Diploma which is designed for all those working in the ECD centres and they need a qualification.


What is Educare Diploma

You can now obtain an Educare diploma by passing four subjects under Educare from N4 to N6 for 18 months and doing a further 18 months of experiential learning (work integrated learning) in an ECD center.

Educare refers to the process of taking care of children. It simply means to educate and to care. While parents or guardians are off to work or busy running errands, they need to place their trust in someone to look after their little ones. And believe it or not, a lot goes into looking after children than supervising them while they watch cartoons.

Advantages of obtaining an Educare Diploma

  • The Educare Diploma (National Diploma) Is An Accredited Qualification by the Department of Higher Education and it is a recognized qualification at NQF level 6.
  • You Learn Numerous Skills Crucial In Caring For Children.
  • Educare Opens A Wide Range Of Career Opportunities be it in working with children, as a facilitator, or mostly to own your own ECD centre.
  • Educare Can Be Studied in a Combination of Correspondence and Part Time.

Why Choose Educare As A Career

Educare Opens A Wide Range Of Career Opportunities. If you are passionate about working with young children and promoting their education and development, this is the field for you.

  • Starting your own ECD center with more knowledge and understanding of children. This makes the process more simpler and more fulfilling
  • Being employed as an ECD practitioner and well as the benefits it comes with.
  • Being able to further study and become a consultant in the ECD field
  • With the move of ECD from Department of Social Development to Department of Basic Education, more advantages will be unlocked and you can be ready to take advantage of them.

What Qualities Of A Person Are Needed In This Course

While working with children requires all the best character a person can bring, this job is not for the faint hearted. It demands more passion than anything for children. Ensure that you have a bucket full of these qualities next time you think of a career as an ECD practitioner:

  • Patience, patience and more patience.
  • Full of curiosity and excitement, and eager to learn, touch, and do, little kids can be impulsive and reactive. …
  • Passion for Teaching
  • Love for Young Children
  • Caring and Compassion
  • Flexibility
  • Empathy
  • Creativity
  • Organization

Qualification Requirements to Study Educare Diploma (Entry Requirements)

  • Must have a Matric Certificate (Amended Senior Certificate or National Senior Certificate) or equivalent (NCV LEVEL 4 AND TECHNICAL MATRIC) qualification
  • National Introductory Certificate in Educare
  • Recognition of Prior Learning can be used to qualify to study Educare
  • Be 16 years or older.
  • Be able to read, write and understand English.

Qualification ID (SAQA)-NQF Level Status

  • N4 – SAQA ID 66883– NQF LEVEL 5
  • N5 – SAQA ID 66971 – NQF LEVEL 5
  • N6 – SAQA ID 67007– NQF LEVEL 5

Assessment and Duration

There are two types of assessments: The internal assessment conducted by the college and the national assessment which is the final exam.

Internal assessment comprises of two tests-Test 1 and Test 2 and the student must obtain a minimum pass of 40%. This assessment qualifies you to sit for the final exam. This assessment is marked by the college.

Final assessment which is the national exam from the DHET. The exam is a single exam written mostly in the morning at a specified exam centre. The assessment is marked by DHET. National Exams are conducted by Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and also monitored by QCTO.

Each N-Level course takes from 6 months to 12 months or 1-2 semesters. You can write all the subjects at once or split them. There are two semesters in a year:

  • Semester 1: January to June
  • Semester 2: July to December

How to Register for Educare Diploma With Ekurhuleni Technical College

There are three ways we offer the course:

  • Through full-time classes where you come to our campus
  • Through part-time Saturday classes at our campus
  • Through distance learning or what some call home study or correspondence. (Please note distance learning in Educare is yet to be implemented)

Register for Educare Diploma With Ekurhuleni Technical College

To register with us, you need to complete the registration forms and send them back to us. You can download our registration forms here

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