OC: Early Childhood Development Practitioner

OC: Early Childhood Development Practitioner

Course Fee: R16,500.00

Course start date: 1 August 2024

This qualification will provide a means to give recognition to practitioners at an entry level, thus making it possible for
practitioners to increase their employment prospects within the Department of Basic Education. The aim of the qualification is to prepare the learner to operate as an Early Childhood Development Practitioner.

All-inclusive course fee – no additional registration fee, no fees for delivery of your complimentary Welcome Pack.


The qualification is accredited by the QCTO. It consists of a Knowledge Component (theory), a Practical Component (practical tasks and activities) and a Workplace Component (workplace hours).

You will complete:

  • 7 Knowledge assignments (theory)
  • 6 Practical assignments (practical activities)
  • Workplace hours

External Integrated Summative Assignment (EISA)

Once you have successfully completed all three components, you are eligible for the EISA. The EISA is an external final integrated assessment that is done in the form of a written assessment and cover the key elements of the theory and practical modules.

The course is offered through distance and online learning.

Additional information


Once off full payment, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months

Course Content

The purpose of the qualification is to prepare you to be an Early Childhood Development Practitioner.

When you have successfully completed the programme you will be able to:

  • Plan and prepare broad-phase learning environment and stimulating activities that meet the holistic needs of allchildren in centre-based or non-centre-based settings.
  • Facilitate and mediate all aspects of the daily programme in a centre-based or non-centre based setting.
  • Observe, assess and record each child’s progress according to the age and stage.
  • Compile a report of each child’s progress.
  • Maintain and promote the well-being, health, nutrition, safety and protection of children


  • 7 Knowledge assignments
  • 6 Practical assignments
  • Workplace hours

Study Method

  • Distance/online learning
  • All study material included (accessible online)
  • Learner academic support
  • Student portal for compulsory online activities, notifications and supporting study material

Study Schedule

You will receive a study schedule to help plan your studies. You also have access to a leaner assistant who will guide and support you through the study process and will provide all the academic support you need to successfully complete your course.

Accreditation and Certification

  • Accreditation: QCTO
  • Provider accreditation number 01-QCTO/SDP230921-3045
  • SAQA Qualification ID: 97542
  • NQF 4
  • Credits: 131

On successful completion of all Knowledge and Practical Modules, you will be awarded your certificate of completion from the IBM.

Once you have written and passed your external exam (EISA), you will be awarded an Occupational Certificate: Early Childhood Development Practitioner from the QCTO.


12-18 months (and +-5 months’ workplace experience that may be completed while you study).

Entry Requirements

National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at NQF 3 OR
Any other NQF Level 3 qualification (Grade 11)

Installment Payment Options

Course fee: R 16 500 once-off full payment.

Pay the full course fee upfront, or select a monthly installment option:

(finance fees apply for installment options)

12 Months 18 Months
R 1225 p/m x 12 R 836 p/m x 18
1st payment: R 2500 1st payment: R 2500
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