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Certificate in Early Childhood Development

Programme Type : Full Time

Fees : Fees

Faculty : Education


Department : Early Childhood Development



The purpose of the Certificate in Early Childhood Education qualification is to prepare early childhood professionals who have the knowledge and skills to develop the child in a holistic manner; encompassing the physical, social, cognitive, creative, emotional and moral development. The qualification endeavors to prepare professionals who are able to teach and guide young children, ensure that they are in safe and healthy learning environments, and maintain responsive relationships with them and their families. The qualification will provide candidates with not only appreciation of the theoretical issues involved in the study of early childhood education but also a range of practical skills which will enhance their value to the education of young children. The proposed qualification will hence provide the foundational background for all those that aspire to serve or build a career in the field of early childhood education. It will further strengthen quality teaching and learning by providing trained personnel for the field. 


This programme provides candidates with educational and professional skills needed to be outstanding leaders in modern education systems. Successful candidates may find themselves in any of the following positions: 

  • Pre-School/Reception Class Teacher Assistants/Aides 
  • Childcare Assistants 
  • Child Care Givers 
  • Family Day Care Operators 



NCQF Level 4, Certificate IV, or equivalent with a Credit in at least 3 subjects, including English language. Experience in Pre-school teaching and Early childhood care will be an added advantage. Junior Certificate school leavers who are currently teaching in preschools to be admissible to the qualification through RPL. 


The mode of delivery for this programme includes both fulltime and part-time arrangements. The certificate programme runs for 12 months (1 year) for full-time learners and 18 months (11/2 years) for part-time learners.