The Indaba Institute is excited to announce that it successfully completed the auditing process of the Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDP-SETA) of South Africa, and may now offer a NQF Level 5 Early Childhood Development (ECD) Diploma.

“Our learning material has been through a vigorous auditing process by the ETDP-SETA in order to ensure that it meets the set of principles and guidelines for this qualification. Records of learner achievements are registered to enable national recognition of acquired skills and knowledge, thereby ensuring an integrated system that encourages life-long learning,” shares Juliet McGear, the Accreditation and Supplier Relations Manager of the Indaba Institute.

The provisional accreditation allows the Indaba Institute to offer the NQF Level 5 ECD Diploma training to individuals, teachers and educators. This achievement will make it possible for the Indaba Institute to assist other like-minded individuals in rural parts of South Africa, to utilise the learning materials and train teachers who have the passion, drive and intent to make a difference in the lives of children.

By offering this accredited learning programme, Indaba Institute is able to provide access to a nationally recognised diploma for ECD educators who have a Level 4 or Level 5 certificate in ECD, providing a bridge between non-formal and formal learning programmes.

“This qualification will enable educators and learners to plan and implement a learning programme which is based on their knowledge of child development from birth to nine years and which helps children in a specific phase work towards achieving the learning outcomes of the national school curriculum,” explains McGear.

One of the intended outcomes envisioned by the Indaba Institute, through the support of the Indaba Foundation, was to achieve South African national government accreditation for all courses. This first achievement will enable more early childhood development centres to improve community-based ECD services for young children, by raising the level of ECD teaching competence and by providing opportunities for training in support and leadership roles.

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