Early Childhood Development (ECD)

Early Childhood Development

A programme that builds capacity that enables the sustainability of communities through Early Childhood Development (ECD) in the context of human development.

Our Accredited ECD Full and Part time Qualifications on NQF level 4 and NQF level 5 aims to build capacity that enables the sustainability of communities through Early Childhood Development and to equip ECD practitioners with knowledge, experience and skills in a teaching methodology and philosophy based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori.

  • To facilitate the all-round development of young children in a manner that is sensitive to culture and individual needs (including special needs)
  • To provide capacity and training for ECD practitioners to enable them to shape their career paths in ECD
  • To build a high-level of community demand for quality preschools that see early childhood development as a critical foundation for lifelong learning, particularly in underprivileged schools
  • To provide participants with both an understanding and practical experience of the combination of healing, sustainability and ecological learning for preschool children whilst addressing the fundamental human development concepts to ECD
  • To enhance children’s learning abilities through the use of concrete learning aids that build the physical, emotional, spiritual, moral and social skills.
  • Introduce ECD practitioners to ecologically-friendly educational resources and equipment. (i.e. handmade teaching aids from recycled materials)


1. National Certificate: Early Childhood Development NQF level 4 Full Qualification 12 months (120 Credits)

2. Early Childhood Development Skills Course NQF Level 4 Certificate 6 months

3. National Diploma: Early Childhood Development NQF Level 5 Full Qualification 18 months (242 credits)

4. Early Childhood Development Skills Course NQF Level 5 Certificate 12 months

Value-added components

The strategic intention of this programme is to develop qualified practitioners that can contribute to changing the face of Early Childhood Development (ECD) in South Africa, based on the understanding that a great learning environment is a key component to opening doors of substantial change in education and society. However, it also offers additional value components such as:

Nutrition at home - the importance of the first 1000 days

Independence - the importance of the first 1000 days

Hosting parent workshops - to support parents with child rearing skills

Healing component - to support our practitioners with the challenges they face

Holistic approach workshop - to enable our practitioners to detect and holistically approach any special needs in the early stages of development

Our next course will commence in May 2017 at the Indaba Montessori Institute. Download the application form here: LFS Courses application form.


Early Childhood Development