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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. Abnah Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Abongwe Amangwane NPC 
    3. Adziambei Academy 
    4. Enjo Consultants 
    5. Greater Soweto Association for Early Childhood Development 
    6. Motheo Training Institute Trust 
    7. Renaissance Training Services cc 
    8. Shintsha Skills Development (Pty) Ltd 
    9. Teachers Learning Centre (Pty) Ltd 
    10. Tshepo Hope Consulting 
    11. Zuzulwazi Development 



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