This programme is intended to develop educators who are able to support and promote early learning and development for babies, toddlers and young children up to and including four years of age. By enrolling for the HCert (ECCE) participants can gain an entry level qualification that will afford them recognition as an early childhood development (ECD) educator. Furthermore, graduates who successfully complete the HCert (ECCE), and who want to become professionally qualified, can then enrol for a Diploma (Dip) in ECCE or a Bachelor of Education (BEd) in ECCE.

Who Should Enrol

School leavers who want to enter the field of ECD, caregivers and/or au pairs.

Learning Outcomes

On achieving this qualification, a learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate communication skills appropriate to the ECCE situation
  • Understand the main theories underpinning the field of ECD
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pedagogical subject matter relevant to ECCE
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of ECCE in practice
  • Display the personal qualities essential for being a dedicated educator in the ECCE situation.


SAQA number 112139,

NQF Level 5, 120 Credits.

Course Design

This is an online course with practical learning taking place at an approved ECCE centre over a period of 8 weeks.

Course Content

Students need to complete the following modules:

Semester 1:

  • Computer Literacy
  • Academic Literacy
  • African Language Literacy
  • Introduction to ECCE
  • Educational Psychology

Semester 2:

  • Planning a Quality ECCE Curriculum
  • Assessment in ECCE
  • Practical Learning

Entry Requirements

To enrol for this programme, potential students must possess:

  • A matric certificate or
  • Relevant NQF level 4 certificate


A variety of formative assessments are included with six summative assessments.


The successful candidate will be awarded with a Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (NQF Level 5).

Course Fee

R20500.00 (Inclusive of all VAT and taxes where applicable). 

Please note that there is a R350 application fee. 

Intake date

Intake 1: Registration close on 

03 June 2022 for July 2022

Intake 2: Registration close on 

21 September 2022 for October 2022

Enrolment process

Applicants will follow these easy steps on their path to enrolment, please contact us for the relevant forms:

Step 1: Apply for enrolment

You will be required to complete and submit and application form for enrolment, together with supporting documents, please note there is a non-refundable R 300.00 application fee. Please note that by signing the Application Form and submitting the supporting documents you indicate that you understand that, should your qualification(s) be found to be misrepresented or from a degree mill, then your name will be included in the Register of Misrepresented Qualifications and Providers operating outside of the South African NQF (RMQP). You will also not receive the qualification.

The following supporting documents need to be submitted:

  • Certified copies of either Grade 12 National Senior Certificate OR an NQF Level 4 qualification (including academic record)
  • Certified copy of RSA Identification document or passport.
  • Police clearance certificate (to comply with practical learning requirements)
  • Proof of payment of the application fee.

Once you have submitted your application, along with all supporting documentation, you will receive correspondence from FPD regarding the outcome of your application.


Step 2: Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) / Credit Accumulation & Transfer (CAT)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants aiming to enter the FPD proposed programme may already be working in a management context and/or have gained knowledge as a result of learning in the workplace and in other settings. If this applies to you, you can apply for RPL by providing testimonials/reference letter from previous or current employers. The testimonials/reference letter must include the number of years worked and your responsibilities/duties. 

Credit Accumulation & Transfer (CAT)

Students who have previously successfully completed relevant modules, courses or programmes at FPD or another institution and who wish to have such modules, courses or programmes recognised by FPD should apply for CAT. 

The following supporting documentation is required to be submitted:

  • Certified transcript(s) of training from a previous educational institution at NQF 4
  • Assessment results or any relevant documentation that supports the credit claim at NQF exit level 4

You will receive correspondence from FPD regarding the outcome of the CAT.


Step 3: Registration and Payment

Successful applicants will also receive an invoice from FPD, in order to make payment. A 10% non-refundable registration fee is required upfront. As a student you have the option of paying the remainder of the fees at the start of each quarter or alternatively you may also pay for the entire qualification in advance.

Once proof of payment has been received, you will receive an acknowledgement letter with a link for you to register on the FPD Student Portal.


FPD School of Education

Tel: 087 821 1109


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This is an online Programme with practical learning taking place at an approved ECCE centre over a period of 8 weeks.