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Early Childhood Development Fundamentals  


The early years of any child’s life is the foundation stages of their development and plays a vital role in their successes later on in life. Lack of opportunities and interventions, or poor-quality interventions, during early childhood can significantly disadvantage young children and diminish their potential for success. This course focuses on providing an understanding and knowledge of early child development as well as how to use a holistic approach to development of babies, toddlers and young children.




  • Learners are competent in Communication at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.
  • Learners have an understanding of the development of young children. 

Course Accreditations

This course is accredited with ETDP Seta and each learner will have to submit a Portfolio of Evidence after the training, upon being deemed competent, the learner will receive a Certicate of Competence.

Course Outcomes

  • Facilitating development of babies, toddlers and young children.
  • Reflecting on own facilitation.
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of ways of seeing the development of babies, toddlers and young children.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the development of babies, toddlers and young children within each domain of development.

Who Should Attend

This course is aimed for:

  • Individuals who are currently working in Early Childhood Development Centers, Nursery Schools and Crèches.
  • Individuals who are wanting to embark on a career in Early Childhood Development.
  • Mothers who are wanting to gain a better understanding on the development of babies, toddlers and children.


R9,080 Incl VAT (Per Person, Includes Manual, Dataset CD)

PLEASE NOTE: Learnfast serves a full lunch during break as well as coffee, tea and biscuits as part at no extra cost. We also cater for special meals.


5 Days (08:30 - 16:00)

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Reach your full potential through our “myWay Instructor-Led” classes combined with interactive lessons, supporting video content, practical assignments and in field experience. We deliver instructor led classes full time, part-time, weekends and onsite.

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Do a course at your own pace via our “myWay Distance Learning”. We have re-defined studying via online by combining self-study with supported interactive online video lectures, extra resources, questionnaires and much more, all supported via out Online Student Portal. You will get a course coach and lecturer assigned to you so that you never feel alone and have support whenever you need. Your coach will look after you and your study health, encouraging you to progress constantly.

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Early Childhood Development Fundamentals

Understanding the importance of early childhood development


Important Notes

  • Students are to be at the training venue by 08h00 in preparation for a 08h30 start time.
  • Learnfast retains the right to change this calendar without any notification.
  • Bookings are only confirmed upon receipt of the proof of payment or an official company purchase order for the full amount of the training.
  • For full day courses Learnfast will supply you with the relevant training material. A desktop computer to use for the training (where applicable), tea/coffee and a full lunch for full day InClass training hosted at Learnfast only. Catering is not included for OnSite training and laptop is available for hire at an additional cost if required.
  • Cancellation or rescheduling requests must be in writing and reach us via fax or email at least 5 (five) working days prior to the course commencement date. Full course fees may be retained for no shows or requests within 5 working days prior to commencement.
  • Although we go to great lengths to ensure that all training proceeds as scheduled, Learnfast reserves the right to cancel or postpone dates if we require to do so and undertake to inform clients in writing and telephonically of these changes.
  • Learnfast suggests clients wait until a week prior to course commencement that a course has been confirmed to go ahead as scheduled before booking flight and accommodation. Learnfast is NOT responsible for cost associated with cancellation of classes such as flight and accommodation for clients.

Facilitate development of babies, toddlers and/or young children.

  • How to facilitate using appropriate activities that are fun, relevant and meaningful to children.
  • Ensuring the facilitation approach is multi-cultural, avoids bias.
  • Ensuring facilitation uses teachable moments.
  • Managing children in a manner that promotes development and is sensitive to the needs of individual children.
  • Communication is responsive and promotes development in general.
  • Verbal and non-verbal interactions value the children.
  • Facilitating in a manner that ensures the physical and emotional safety, security and comfort of the children.
  • Ensuring the holistic development of children.
  • Behaviour and conflict management is positive, sympathetic, constructive, supportive, respectful and in line with current legislation.


Reflect on own facilitation.

  • Gathering feedback on facilitation.
  • Conducting strengths and weaknesses analyse on facilitation.
  • Complete a report and include any recommendations.


Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the development of babies, toddlers and young children within each domain of development.

  • Understanding stages of development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how gender, socio-economic background, age, environment and special needs impact on the development of children.
  • Describe how development is shaped by socio-cultural influences.
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