The Centre for Social Development (CSD) at Rhodes University offers a number of part time courses in Early Childhood Development and Community Development. These involve students attending contact sessions in the CSD training venue, and completing practical work and assignments. CSD Training facilitators visit students in their places of work, for support and monitoring. As a Public Benefit Organisation, the CSD is a donor-funded, so costs for the courses are kept low – even though students receive lunch whilst attending the contact sessions. Training is done in small classes of 20 to 30 students
The CSD is accredited with the ETDP SETA and the courses we offer have been through the rigorous programme approval process. Qualifications are made up of Unit Standards according to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). While short courses are based on one or two unit standards, the full qualifications cover a number of different unit standards.
ECD qualifications provide the skills and knowledge for practitioners to prepare stimulating activities and care for young children, and for managing a pre-school.
The Level 6 BEd Foundation Phase degree, offered in collaboration with the Rhodes University Education Department provides further theory and practical and philosophical insights for teaching up to Grade 3. Presently this qualification is only offered at Rhodes University and the CSD.
Below is a description of the courses which the CSD will be offering in 2011:
BABIES AND TODDLERS: NQF Level 2 and 3; course duration is 2 weeks; entry requirement is Grade 7; possible profession: Home-based care for babies and toddlers
FETC: Early Childhood Development; NQF Level 4; course duration is 2 years part-time; entry requirement is Grade 9; possible profession: Community pre-schools, teaching 0 – 4 year olds
ND: Early Childhood Development; NQF Level 5; course duration is 2 years part-time; entry requirement is Matric possible profession: Grade R teacher
BEd FP : Bachelor of Education (Foundation Phase); NQF Level 6; 3 years part-time; entry requirement is full Matric +ND:ECD or NPDE; possible profession: Grade R – Grade 3 teacher
If you are interested in any of the CSD’s courses, please contact us at 046 603 8573, or visit our offices at 5 Prince Alfred St.
APPLICATION FORM FOR ALL COURSES
ECD Level 4 Students during one of the contact sessions this year.