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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Facilitate the holistic development of babies, toddlers and young children 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244480  Facilitate the holistic development of babies, toddlers and young children 
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 4  NQF Level 04  16 
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
7402  Facilitating Learning Through Play  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12  Complete 
7403  Facilitating Learning Through Stories, Songs and Rhymes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 
7404  Facilitating Language Development Bilingual/Multilingual ECD Programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 
7405  Facilitating Creative Art Activities in ECD Programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 
12840  Include children experiencing barriers to learning and development in ECD settings  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12  Complete 
12836  Facilitate the learning and development of toddlers (18-36 months) in ECD settings  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12  Complete 
12835  Facilitate the learning and development of babies (0-24 months) in ECD settings  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12  Complete 
13850  Facilitate active learning in ECD programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04  30  Complete 
13851  Facilitate healthy development in ECD programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04  14  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is for people who wish to enter or obtain recognition at an entry level of Early Childhood Development.

People credited with this Unit Standard are capable of:
  • Facilitating development of babies, toddlers and young children.
  • Reflecting on own facilitation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.
  • It is recommended that learners have an understanding of the development of young children. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    "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. The following lists provide examples of the range of activities that must be demonstrated, but these examples are not intended to be seen as exhaustive although all those listed below must be demonstrated as appropriate to the age group:
  • Sensory activities e.g. sand and water play, exploratory art.
  • Music, movement, dance.
  • Song, rhymes, stories, language activitie.
  • Creative activities such as imitative play; drama, fantasy play.
  • Games.
  • Manipulative play, construction e.g. use of blocks.
  • Discovery pla.
  • Gross-motor play.

    The above activities may sometimes be practitioner initiated, some may be initiated by babies, toddlers and children, and some may be routine activities. The above activities may happen in different groupings and settings as follows:
  • Adult-adult e.g. working with parents and in teams, adult-child, child-child.
  • Small groups and individual.
  • Indoor, outdoor.

    "Holistic development" refers to physical, socio-emotional and cognitive and language development as follows:
  • Physical includes gross-motor and fine-motor development, health and nutritional status.
  • Socio-emotional development includes attitudes, personal and social identity, autonomy, attachment, self concept, self esteem, feelings, self-control and inter-relationships.
  • Cognitive and language development includes perceiving, remembering, conceptualising, judging, reasoning, creating and questioning.

    Where the term "developmentally appropriate" is used in this unit standard, it means that the development meets the needs of the children in a way that is consistent with recognised stages of development.

    "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. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Facilitate development of babies, toddlers and/or young children. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Facilitation uses developmentally appropriate activities that are fun, relevant and meaningful to the life-world of the children. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The facilitation approach responds to cues provided by the children, while providing structure and experiences for their own development. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Cues may be noted through active listening and observation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The facilitation approach is multi-cultural, avoids bias and is sensitive to the existing knowledge, experiences and needs of the children. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The facilitation approach takes advantage of teachable moments. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    "Teachable moments" refers to those unplanned opportunities for development that present themselves during the daily programme, or routine if child is cared for at home by a parent figure.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Children are managed in a manner that promotes development and is sensitive to the needs of individual children. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Communication is responsive and promotes development in general, and language development in particular. Questioning techniques, where applicable, are open, positive and responsive, promote child development and help to make learning explicit where appropriate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Verbal and non-verbal interactions value the children and are encouraging, supportive, participatory, warm, caring and responsive to emotional and developmental needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Facilitation is carried out in a manner that ensures the physical and emotional safety, security and comfort of the children. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Facilitation is carried out such that behaviour and life-skills are modelled in a developmentally appropriate manner. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    "Modelling" here refers to the way in which the facilitator provides an example to the children concerning behaviour.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Facilitation ensures the holistic development of children. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    Behaviour and conflict management is positive, sympathetic, constructive, supportive, respectful and in line with current legislation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Reflect on own facilitation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reflection considers own facilitation approach in relation to the developmental aims. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Feedback is obtained from a variety of relevant sources on the value and success of the facilitation approach. Such sources include colleagues and parents. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reflection reveals strengths and weaknesses of the way in which development is facilitated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reflection identifies the extent to which facilitation contributes meaningfully to the overall aims of the Early Childhood Development service. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Recommendations are provided to build on strengths and address identified weaknesses, thereby helping to improve future facilitation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Findings and recommendations are recorded clearly to support future facilitation. 


    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 knowledge is embedded within the Unit Standard, and will be assessed directly or implicitly through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the assessment criteria:
  • A range of approaches to baby, toddler and young child development, including knowledge of play actions and materials.
  • Child development theories.
  • Guidelines for Early Childhood Development (ECD) services. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems that occur during activities and developing alternative ways of dealing with these. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others and in teams through group activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively through the general and specific activities related to planning and organising the activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information about the development of babies, toddlers and young children. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills during all facilitation activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    For assessment of this unit standard, facilitators must:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to work with babies, toddlers and young children.
  • Practical ability with two of these age groups. 

  • 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 the following Unit Standards:
  • 7402: "Facilitating Learning Through Play", Level 2, 12 credits.
  • 7403: "Facilitating Learning Through Stories, Songs and Rhymes", Level 3, 8 credits.
  • 7404: "Facilitating Language Development Bilingual/Multilingual ECD Programmes", Level 3, 8 credits.
  • 7405: "Facilitating Creative Art Activities in ECD Programmes", Level 3, 8 credits.
  • 12835: "Facilitate the learning and development of babies (0-24 months) in ECD settings", Level 3, 12 credits.
  • 12836: "Facilitate the learning and development of toddlers (18-36 months) in ECD settings", Level 3, 12 credits.
  • 12840: "Include children experiencing barriers to learning and development in ECD settings", Level 3, 12 credits.
  • 13850: "Facilitate active learning in ECD programmes", Level 3, 30 credits.
  • 13851: "Facilitate healthy development in ECD programmes", Level 4, 14 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 Ddevelopment (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
    Core  58761   Further Education and Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 


    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.
     
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    4. Adelaine Training Solutions Pty Ltd 
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    6. Amogelang Marketing and Training 
    7. Ariyan and Ariyan Learning Warehouse t/a Southern African Institute of Learning (SAIL) 
    8. Assessment & RPL College (Pty) Ltd 
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    16. Boitjhorisong Resource Centre 
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    18. Brain Boosters Business Education (PTY) LTD 
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    31. Early Inspiration 
    32. Early Learning Foundation Montessori Teacher Training 
    33. Early Learning Resource Unit (ELRU) 
    34. EASTCAPE MIDLANDS COLLEGE BUSINESS UNIT (Uitenhage) (WA) 
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    37. Edu-Build Development 
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    39. Elective Training Institute Enterprise CC 
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    54. HOPE ACADEMIC AND SKILL CENTRE 
    55. ICM t/a Institute for Career Management 
    56. Igugu Training and Investments 
    57. Ikusasa Lothisha t/a ECD Training Provider 
    58. Institute of Professional Studies and Services 
    59. Isamon Integrated 
    60. Isamon Vocational College of Excellence Pty Ltd 
    61. Isibani Skills Academy 
    62. Isibani Soluntu Development Trust 
    63. Itireleng Bokamoso Training and Development 
    64. J and N Ikwekwezi Yokusa Development Training 
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    66. Josmap Training Institute 
    67. Kainav Conservation Global (Pty) Ltd 
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    72. Khaas Training Academy 
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    74. Khululeka Community Education Centre 
    75. Kids Academy 
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    77. KITSO TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    78. Klein Karoo Resource Centre 
    79. KWAZULU NATAL EXPERIMENTAL COLLEGE 
    80. Leratham Supply Distribution and Enterprise 
    81. Leronsa Trading Enterprise 
    82. LESEDI EDUCARE ASSOCIATION 
    83. Letlhabile Institute Of Management and Training 
    84. Letlhokoa Management Services CC 
    85. Little Elephant Training Centre For Early Educationt/a LETCEE 
    86. Loago Business Consulting 
    87. Lynne Hobbs cc 
    88. Mahube Skills Development Academy 
    89. Majahd Educational Services Multi-Purpose Primary Co-operative Limited 
    90. Mapheto Business Enterprises t/a MBE 
    91. MASAKANE TRUST 
    92. MASIKHULE EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE 
    93. MATHS CENTRE INCORPORATING SCIENCES 
    94. MENTORNET (PTY) LTD 
    95. MIDLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 
    96. Mnambithi FET College - Central Office 
    97. Mochochonono Training Solutions cc 
    98. Mopani Development Academy 
    99. Motheo Training Institute Trust 
    100. Motlou Training Development 
    101. NATAL EARLY LEARNING RESOURCE UNIT TRUST 
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    103. Netgrow Training Solutions 
    104. Networx for Career Development 
    105. New Beginnings Training and Development Organisation 
    106. Nkqubela Community Developers 
    107. Noni Community Development 
    108. Northern Cape Urban College: Kimberley Campus 
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    116. Omphile Botshelo Trading 
    117. Orbit FET College - Rustenburg Campus 
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    144. Siyahluma Education Institute 
    145. SIYATHELA EARLY LEARNING ASSOCIATION 
    146. Siyathuthuka Nursery School 
    147. South African Congress For Early Childhood Development 
    148. Southern African Youth Movement 
    149. Spotru Training Centre 
    150. SPS Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    151. Step Up Training and Skills Development (Pty) Ltd 
    152. Sustainability Institute Trust 
    153. T Mabuya & Associates (Pty) Ltd 
    154. Takatso Educare Training and Development Services 
    155. Teachers Learning Centre PTY LTD 
    156. Tembe Service Providers 
    157. Tendazwau Trading 8 
    158. Thabelanang t/a Thabelanang Trading Enterprise 
    159. The Iscariota Group (Pty) Ltd 
    160. The Port Elizabeth Early Learning Centre 
    161. THUKAKGALADI INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT PROJECT 
    162. THUSANANG TRUST 
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    165. Thuto Ya Setshaba Training Services (Pty) Ltd 
    166. Tiakeni Training Centre 
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    170. Training and Resources in Early Education (TREE) 
    171. Tshase Education Group (Pty) Ltd 
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    180. Vuselela FET College - Potchefstroom Campus 
    181. Winston Academy 
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    183. Wonderkids Montessori Training Centre 
    184. World Wide Education Providers(Pty)Ltd 
    185. Wozabona Early Childhood Community Service Group 
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    187. Zuzulwazi Development 



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