Early Childhood Development (ECD)

Lyceum Short Programme - Part Time

Passionate about children?  Build a career with a purpose and gain the ability to provide quality childhood development.

Course Objectives

Early Childhood is a crucial part of a child’s development and quality training will ensure a child is confident and ready for school.

A higher education in Early Childhood will give you the opportunity to meet the needs of children during their most important phase of life.

Through Lyceum’s course content you will acquire the various skills and knowledge to be placed in a meaningful career in Early Childhood Development.  This course will also upgrade your skills in your chosen field ensuring you advance and succeed further in Early Childhood Development.

Lyceum’s Commitment

Lyceum College is at the forefront of training and education in the field of Education Sciences.  Our short learning programmes are uniquely structured by professionals in the field to meet the demands of the South African Society.  We are committed to ensuring our students are equipped with industry relevant skills and gain comprehensive knowledge to make a valuable contribution in South Africa and succeed in their chosen career.

Careers You Can Pursue

Learners could pursue a career as a: 

  • ECD Practitioner 
  • Grade R Educator 
  • Day-care Teacher
  • Pre-school Teacher
  • Pre-school Coordinator
  • Pre-school Director

This short learning programme from Lyceum will grant you access to study for a Diploma in Grade R Teaching.

Gaining Entrance

  • Be proficient in English. 
  • Have academic and practical knowledge at NQF level 5. 

Length of Time

Six (6) months of study (part-time)


Upon successful completion of this programme, you will receive a Short Learning Programme in Early Childhood Development.

*Short Programmes upgrade skills and knowledge to ensure success in a chosen field of learning, but are not credit bearing and are not on the NQF. 

Contents of Course

The course covers subjects within the following three categories:

  • CAPS (Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements) 
  • Educational/Psychology
  • Professional Development

For a detailed breakdown of all your subjects, please refer to the fact sheet.

Learning Material

Your study material will be supplied in a choice of formats (digital only or a combination of printed and digital format).  Prescribed textbooks are excluded and must be procured by the student.  Please see: (Terms and Conditions)

Guidelines for Assignments and Examinations

Lyceum is committed to guiding you through the submission of your assignments and ensuring that you are registered for your examinations. 

Please see the following information below, to ensure your process is smooth.

Assessments consist of:

  • One assignment (formative assessment) and
  • A final examination (summative assessment) for each subject.

All assignments for the year must be submitted in order to qualify for the exams.

Please ensure all your assignments are submitted on time.  If you have missed a deadline, you may re-submit at a small cost.

Your final mark for each subject will be calculated as follows:

  • Assignment contributes 20% towards the final mark
  • Examination contributes 80% towards the final mark

If your assignment mark is low:

If you submit an assignment for a specific subject and fail, you do not have to re-submit a further assignment prior to writing the “supplementary” examination.  The assignment mark will automatically be carried over.  However if the assignment mark is low, and you wish to re-do the assignment, you may apply to the examinations section for a copy of the new assignment (at the prescribed fee) and may then re-submit the assignment on or before the new due date.

Further Studies

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