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Children's Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005)


General Regulations Regarding Children, 2010

Chapter 5 : Early Childhood Development (Sections 91-103 of the Act)

27. Qualification, skills and training required for early childhood development programmes


An applicant for registration of an early childhood development programme must posses the following qualifications, skills and training:

(i) The National Certificate in Early Childhood Development at National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level 1 to 6 of the South African Qualifications Authority;
(ii) an appropriate early childhood development qualification; or
(iii) a minimum of three years experience of working in the early childhood development field;
(b) appropriate knowledge about early childhood development;
(c) the ability to identify, record and report on the progress and developmental needs of the child to inform early childhood development opportunities and interventions;
(d) the ability to design and produce stimulating indoor and outdoor activities and routines according to the developmental needs of the children;
(e) the ability to stimulate, extend and promote all-round development through appropriate adult-child, adult-adult and child-child interactions to enhance emotional, cognitive, spiritual, physical and social development;
(f) the ability to create awareness of, promote and ensure the all round safety, protection, security, rights and development of the child according to his or her needs in conjunction with community resources;
(g) the ability to provide early childhood development programmes that are appropriate to the needs of the children to whom the services are provided, including children with disabilities, chronic illnesses or other special needs; and
(h) the ability to implement systems, policies and procedures and to manage physical, financial and human resources.