National Diploma: Educare (N4 - N6) Featured

Early Childhood Development

This qualification is offered to students who would like to work with children between the ages of birth to five years old.
This course consists of an N4 Certificate, N5 Certificate and N6 Certificate, and Diploma on completion of the N6 Certificate.  Students need to submit proof of 18 months’ workplace experience at a school or daycare centre, in order for them to qualify for the National N-Diploma in Educare.
Please note that you will only receive a qualification on completion of the workplace experience.
Career Options

What will I be qualified as once I’ve completed this course?

On completion of the 18-month practical training, you will be qualified as a practitioner with a Diploma in Early Childhood Development to work with children between the ages of 0-5 years.
What will I be able to do?

  • Educare practitioner
  • Play group practitioner
  • Manage an ECD site
  • Starting and managing you own ECD site
  • Au pair

In which industries will you be able to work?

  • Education and Training

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?
You will achieve the National N-Diploma in Educare. This will enable to you continue studying in the Education field. You could proceed to study the Bachelor Degree in Foundation Phase at an institution of Higher Education, such as a University.
Should you not wish to continue studying once you’ve completed this qualification, you will be able to work towards promotions within your career by working within your field of study and gaining experience within the Education industry. As with any other career, you would need to work very hard to prove your skills and abilities, be dedicated and be prepared to continue learning throughout your career.
Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?




Educare Didactics
(Suitable Practical workplace experience will take place)

Educare Didactics
(Suitable Practical workplace experience will take place)

Educare Didactics
(Suitable Practical workplace experience will take place)

Child Health

Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship

Daycare Management


Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology

Day Care Personnel Development

Daycare Communication

Daycare Communication

* Please note that the NCF curriculum will be followed in all lessons/activity presentation.
Entry Requirements

What do I need to have completed before I can apply to study this course?

  • Grade 12, or Level 4 National Certificate (NQF) or an NC(V) Level 4 certificate

6 months for each of the certificates on a full-time basis (N4, N5 and N6). The course will be run on a full-time basis (3 days theoretical classes and 1 or 2 days practical workplace experience).
To obtain a National N-Diploma in Educare requires a minimum of 18 months theoretical study plus 18 months of workplace experience.
As a part-time student it will take 2 years to complete the theoretical component and 18 months for the workplace experience component.

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