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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Manage an Early Childhood Development service 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244478  Manage an Early Childhood Development service 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Early Childhood Development 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 05 - Education, Training and Development Early Childhood Development 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
7407  Manage a Medium-scale ECD Service  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  18  Complete 
13852  Manage the ECD learning programme  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is for people who are involved in the management of an Early Childhood Development (ECD) service.

People credited with this Unit Standard are capable of:
  • Managing the Early Childhood Development (ECD) service.
  • Managing the organisational systems and structures.
  • Supervising staff and support their development.
  • Managing material and financial resources.
  • Maintaining administrative systems. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • It is assumed that learners are competent in Mathematical Literacy and Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • It is also recommended that learners have a basic understanding of accounting principles and practices. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This Unit Standard is applicable for Early Childhood Development (ECD) services in different settings such as home-based, community, family outreach services, centre-based, prisons, play-groups. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Manage the Early Childhood Development (ECD) service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Planning and management of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) service ensures the smooth and effective running of the service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An Early Childhood Development (ECD) service is managed according to accepted standards as laid out in the Guidelines for Early Childhood Development Services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effectiveness of the service in meeting the needs of children, their families and the community served is reviewed from time to time and changes that are made are suitable for affecting positive change. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant government policy developments and new legislation that affect children are applied, thereby giving effect to legislation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Manage the organisational systems and structures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Organisational structures and lines of authority and accountability are identified with reference to organisational documentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal responsibilities within organisational structure are identified and carried out in line with organisational documentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Systems are set up and maintained to ensure effective and regular communication with families, the community and other agencies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Management activities promote the effective functioning of the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The formulation and review of organisational policy is facilitated as per the principles and practices of quality organisations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Supervise staff and support their development. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Recruitment, selection, induction and appraisal of staff are carried out as per the organisation's employment policy and in line with Labour Law. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Professional development of staff is facilitated in line with identified skills development needs and/or results of performance appraisals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Supervision promotes and maintains effective working relationships among staff. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Conditions of service of staff is implemented in line with organisational policy and relevant legislation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Manage material and financial resources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Systems for accounting for all income and expenditure are implemented according to agreed financial controls and regulations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Income includes subsidies, fundraising, fee policy, care of funds, banking, investments.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Financial plans and budgets are used effectively to monitor financial needs and to ensure expenditure is controlled in line with organisational control systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Assets and financial liabilities are managed in accordance with established accounting practices and relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Facilities, equipment and materials are monitored to ensure that they are used effectively, maintained in good working order, and replaced when necessary. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Maintain administrative systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Procedures for accessing funds and paying salaries and wages are implemented in line with organisational control systems. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Procedures refer to calculating tax, completing official returns.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Financial records accessible, accurate and up to date. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Admission procedures and record-keeping systems relating to children, families, staff and the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme are maintained in accordance with organisational procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • This Unit Standard will be assessed by an assessor and moderated by a moderator, registered with the relevant accredited ETQA responsible for the quality assurance of this Unit Standard.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider through the appropriate quality assuring ETQA, or Learning Programme approval with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the quality assuring ETQA.
  • Verification (external moderation) of assessment and moderation by the provider, will be conducted by the relevant quality assuring ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant Qualification and the agreed ETQA policy and procedures.
  • An individual wishing to be assessed through RPL against this Unit Standard, may apply to an assessment agency or provider institution accredited by the relevant quality assuring ETQA, or by an ETQA that has a formal agreement/accreditation with the relevant quality assuring ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following areas of knowledge are embedded within the Unit Standard, and will be assessed directly via assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the given assessment criteria:
  • Theories of human relations and group dynamics, leadership styles, motivation.
  • Relevant government policy and legislation relating to children in education, health (especially HIV/AIDS issues), welfare, including child protection.
  • Committee procedures.
  • Labour relations legislation, employment practices.
  • Leadership skills, staff motivation, appraisal and development.
  • Basic principles of financial control and accountability.
  • Fundamental accounting principles, how to read financial statements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve managerial problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, organisation and community providing leadership where necessary. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information relating to all aspects of the service. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This Unit Standard replaces Unit Standards:
  • 7407, which is "Manage a Medium-scale ECD Service", Level 5, 18 credits.
  • 13852, which is "Manage the ECD learning programme", Level 4, 20 credits.

    Glossary:

    Activities - refer to the active involvement of babies, toddlers and young children with a range of resources, materials and actions that contribute towards their development. This includes routine-based and play-based activities.

    Babies, toddlers and young children:
  • Babies - refers to an approximate range of 0-12 months, taking into account individual variations in development.
  • Toddlers - refers to an approximate range of 12-30 months, taking into account individual variations in development.
  • Young children - refers to an approximate range of 30 months to 5 years old, taking into account individual variations in development.

    Developmentally appropriate although it is accepted that there are multiple and contested ways in which the term may be used and understood, at its heart, "developmentally appropriate" is intended to convey the sense that children do develop in recognisable ways, even if at different rates and in line with different models of development. Hence, we may speak of something being developmentally appropriate if it meets the developmental needs of babies, toddlers and young children, supported by justifiable theories will inform the programme.

    Early Childhood Development (ECD) Service - the care, facilitation, observation, reporting and working with families and others in a variety of settings for the development of babies, toddlers and young children.

    Early Childhood Development (ECD) Settings - to any place where a child is or children are, including but not limited to Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres, institutions such as prisons and hospitals, and at home.

    Facilitate - means the use of a range of activities, all of which combine in various ways to contribute to the holistic development of babies, toddlers and young children.

    Framework - guidelines to outline the range of Early Childhood Development (ECD) services, programmes and legal, health and social practices.

    Inclusion - the inclusion of all children including those with special needs.

    Programme - refers to the routines or schedules that spell out the sequence of daily and weekly events. The schedules may be very loose or highly structured depending on context and preference. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58761   Further Education and Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Elective  64649   Higher Certificate: Early Childhood Development  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  80946   National Certificate: Community Development  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  64650   National Diploma: Early Childhood Development  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. 3 At Work Recruitment Agency 
    2. ABASUNGULI TRAINING SPESIALISTS (PTY) LTD 
    3. Access Employment Skills & Development Agency 
    4. Adelaine Training Solutions Pty Ltd 
    5. Amogelang Marketing and Training 
    6. Ariyan and Ariyan Learning Warehouse t/a Southern African Institute of Learning (SAIL) 
    7. Assessment & RPL College (Pty) Ltd 
    8. Assessment and Entrepreneurship Centre 
    9. Avax Training & Development 
    10. Bangwaketse Trading and Projects 
    11. Barcor Learn to Earn cc 
    12. Bella Onke General Trading Pty LTD 
    13. Berry Rose Project Consultants & Service Providers 
    14. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events cc 
    15. Boitjhorisong Resource Centre 
    16. BOITUMELO TRAINING & RESOURCE CENTRE 
    17. Bopaditshaba Community Project 
    18. Brain Boosters Business Education (PTY) LTD 
    19. Brainwave Projects 1997 CC 
    20. Browers Entertainment 
    21. C Botha Educational Training cc t/a Edu-Experts 
    22. Caversham Education Institute 
    23. Cedars Academy for Technical 
    24. CENTRE FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT 
    25. Compass Academy of Learning 
    26. Continuing Education For Africa 
    27. Custoda Trust 
    28. D and D Lwazi Renaissance Research and Development Institute 
    29. D M Management and Consulting 
    30. DEVELO CC 
    31. Dintshang Trading 
    32. Directflo 
    33. DM Training Consultants 
    34. Early Inspiration 
    35. Early Learning Foundation Montessori Teacher Training 
    36. Early Learning Resource Unit (ELRU) 
    37. EASTCAPE MIDLANDS COLLEGE BUSINESS UNIT (Uitenhage) (WA) 
    38. EBENEZER TRAINING HOUSE FOR EARLY LEARNING 
    39. Edu-Build Development 
    40. EDUTAK PRE-SCHOOL TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    41. Elective Training Institute Enterprise CC 
    42. Enjo Consultants 
    43. Environment and Language Education Trust 
    44. Esigangeni General Trading 
    45. Eskilz College (Pty) Ltd 
    46. Faranang Marketing 
    47. Fizazad Projects t/a Kajal and Associates 
    48. Fundukuzimela Investments (Pty) Ltd t/a FdZ Investments 
    49. Future Performance Training and Development 
    50. Future-Teacher (Pty) Ltd 
    51. Gauteng Baobab Early Learning Training Programme 
    52. Golang Kulani ELC 
    53. Goldfields FET College 
    54. Grassroots Adult Education and Training Trust 
    55. GWALA TRAINING SERVICES 
    56. Happy Day Training and Development Services 
    57. HDPSA 
    58. Headspace Consulting (PTY) Ltd 
    59. HOPE ACADEMIC AND SKILL CENTRE 
    60. ICM t/a Institute for Career Management 
    61. Igugu Training and Investments 
    62. Ikusasa Lothisha t/a ECD Training Provider 
    63. Institute of Professional Studies and Services 
    64. Isamon Integrated 
    65. Isamon Vocational College of Excellence Pty Ltd 
    66. Isibani Skills Academy 
    67. Isibani Soluntu Development Trust 
    68. Itireleng Bokamoso Training and Development 
    69. J and N Ikwekwezi Yokusa Development Training 
    70. Jabulani Training & Development 
    71. Josmap Training Institute 
    72. Katiso-kuno Consulting 
    73. Keletsong Community Training & Resource Centre 
    74. Kgang-Kgolo Consulting 
    75. KHANIMAMBA TRAINING AND RESOURCE CENTRE 
    76. Khululeka Community Education Centre 
    77. Kids Academy 
    78. Kimomanzi Training Academy Pty Ltd 
    79. Kitso Bokamoso Training Solution 
    80. KITSO TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    81. Kivumbu Consulting 
    82. Klein Karoo Resource Centre 
    83. KWAZULU NATAL EXPERIMENTAL COLLEGE 
    84. Leratham Supply Distribution and Enterprise 
    85. Leronsa Trading Enterprise 
    86. LESEDI EDUCARE ASSOCIATION 
    87. Letlhabile Institute Of Management and Training 
    88. Letlhokoa Management Services CC 
    89. Little Elephant Training Centre For Early Educationt/a LETCEE 
    90. Loago Business Consulting 
    91. Lynne Hobbs cc 
    92. Ma-Usi Education Training and Skills Development 
    93. Majahd Educational Services Multi-Purpose Primary Co-operative Limited 
    94. Mapheto Business Enterprises t/a MBE 
    95. Marematlou Training Institute 
    96. MASAKANE TRUST 
    97. MASIKHULE EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE 
    98. MATHS CENTRE INCORPORATING SCIENCES 
    99. MENTORNET (PTY) LTD 
    100. MIDLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 
    101. Mochochonono Training Solutions cc 
    102. Montessori Teacher Training Centre South Africa 
    103. Mopani Development Academy 
    104. Motheo Training Institute Trust 
    105. Motlou Training Development 
    106. MWG Logistical Services 
    107. NATAL EARLY LEARNING RESOURCE UNIT TRUST 
    108. Ndoma Mathodi Trading Enterprise 
    109. Netgrow Training Solutions 
    110. Networx for Career Development 
    111. New Beginnings Training and Development Organisation 
    112. Nkqubela Community Developers 
    113. Noni Community Development 
    114. Northern Cape Urban College: Kimberley Campus 
    115. NORTHLINK COLLEGE 
    116. Northshore Trading 19CC t/a Makakhaunye Training and Development Agency 
    117. Ntataise Lowveld Trust 
    118. NTATAISE TRUST 
    119. Ntevho-Ketso Training and Recruitement Consultancy cc 
    120. Ntsangalala Business Enterprise 
    121. Omphile Botshelo Trading 
    122. Orbit FET College - Rustenburg Campus 
    123. Paradise Institution Training and Learning Centre 
    124. Peddie Development Centre 
    125. Peddie Development Culture 
    126. Penreach 
    127. Petra institute of Development (PTY) Ltd 
    128. PHAKAMANI AGENCY CC 
    129. Pineridge Training Centre 
    130. PMA Holding (Pty) Ltd 
    131. PND Academy of Learning cc 
    132. POPUP UPLIFTMENT 
    133. Pro Ed Training 
    134. PROFESSIONAL CHILD CARE COLLEGE PTY LTD 
    135. Professional Development and Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    136. Rampadise Education Training & Development Centre 
    137. Realeboga Development Services 
    138. Realeboga-Bakubung Training and Development Agency 
    139. Reflections Development Institute 
    140. REGIONAL EDUCARE COUNCIL 
    141. Renaissance Training Services cc 
    142. Reyapele Human and Organisational Development 
    143. Rhodes University 
    144. Right 4 u College 
    145. Safe and Sound Learning Association 
    146. SANTS College 
    147. Save the Children South Africa 
    148. Siragelaphambili Abet Skills Development 
    149. Sirius Training 
    150. SITHUTHUKILE TRUST 
    151. Siyahluma Education Institute 
    152. SIYATHELA EARLY LEARNING ASSOCIATION 
    153. Siyathuthuka Nursery School 
    154. South African Congress For Early Childhood Development 
    155. Southern African Youth Movement 
    156. Spotru Training Centre 
    157. SPS Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    158. Step Up Training and Skills Development (Pty) Ltd 
    159. Sustainability Institute Trust 
    160. T Mabuya & Associates (Pty) Ltd 
    161. Takatso Educare Training and Development Services 
    162. Teachers Learning Centre PTY LTD 
    163. Tembe Service Providers 
    164. Tendazwau Trading 8 
    165. Thabelanang t/a Thabelanang Trading Enterprise 
    166. Thasha Training and Consulting 
    167. The College of Modern Montessori 
    168. The Iscariota Group (Pty) Ltd 
    169. The Port Elizabeth Early Learning Centre 
    170. THUKAKGALADI INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT PROJECT 
    171. THUSANANG TRUST 
    172. Thuto Botshabelo Training Academy 
    173. Thuto Ya Setshaba Training Services (Pty) Ltd 
    174. Tiakeni Training Centre 
    175. TLHOAFALO TRAINING CENTRE 
    176. TMG Quality Services 
    177. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    178. Training and Resources in Early Education (TREE) 
    179. Tshase Education Group (Pty) Ltd 
    180. TSHEPANG EDUCARE TRUST 
    181. Tshepo Hope Consulting 
    182. Tshwane sign language centre and interpreting services 
    183. Tshwane South College for (ECD Academy) 
    184. Ubuntu Care and Development 
    185. Umthombo Wolwazi Training and Constructions 
    186. Unathi Training 
    187. UNIVERSAL COLLEGE OUTCOMES SA 
    188. Vuselela FET College - Potchefstroom Campus 
    189. Winston Academy 
    190. WonderKids Academy 
    191. Wonderkids Montessori Training Centre 
    192. World Wide Education Providers(Pty)Ltd 
    193. Wozabona Early Childhood Community Service Group 
    194. Yellow Media Publishers (Pty) Ltd 
    195. Zuzulwazi Development 



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