National Diploma in Early Childhood Development Level 5

About this programme:

  • Provide access to a recognised educator qualification at Level 6 for ECD educators who have a Level 5 certificate in ECD, providing a bridge between non-formal and formal learning programmes.
  • To enable educators/ learners to plan and implement a learning programme which is based on their knowledge of child development from birth to 4 years and which helps children in a specific phase work towards achieving the learning outcomes of the national school curriculum (where appropriate).
  • To improve community-based ECD services for young children by raising the level of ECD teaching competence and/or by providing opportunities for training in support and leadership roles.

Entry Requirements:

Learners registering for this qualification should already have achieved the Higher Education and Training Certificate in ECD at NQF Level 5 (120 credits) and employed in the ECD field.

Career Opportunities:

People who have achieved the skills and knowledge outlined in this qualification are normally employed in the following positions:
• Principals, mentors or supervisor roles within ECD centres
• Lead teachers and HOD’s within the field of ECD
• Managers and/or owners

Programme Content:

See Qualification on SAQA website ( link)
Intakes:  As funding is made available to the College


18 months, part-time
Qualification: National Diploma in ECD Level 5 and qualification ID: 64650

Where is the programme offered?

This programme is offered Khayelitsha campus