T he 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 (ECD) 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.
According to a statement released by the institute last Wednesday, registrations for the qualification are now open. “Entrance requirements for the course include 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 ECD environment but who don’t have a formal qualification (Recognition of Prior Learning) can also apply.”
Masennya Dikotla, CEO of the institute was quoted to have said: “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. 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 statement read.
She reportedly added that 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.
Story: Herbert Rachuene