UNISA Short Course in Early Learning Support (Birth to Five Years)

UNISA Short Course in Early Learning Support (Birth to Five Years)

University of South Africa Short Course in Early Learning Support (Birth to Five Years)

Short Course in Early Learning Support (Birth to Five Years) (76982)



The main purpose of this SLP is to build the knowledge, skills and dispositions of a variety of practitioners that are directly or indirectly responsible for the early education of children from birth to five.
In order to achieve the main purpose of building competent practitioners for ECE the programme will use the framings of reflective practice to:

  • bridge theory of child development with practice in early childhood education
  • assist in the development knowledge and understanding of early childhood and barriers to this process.
  • empower practitioners to support early care and learning for the vulnerable group of birth to five.


Target group

This module is directed towards

  • early childhood centre-based practitioners
  • early childhood assistants
  • playgroup facilitators
  • family support worker
  • government officials


Admission requirements

This SLP will be suitable for students with National Senior Certificate (NSC). In light of the large number of early childhood practitioners that are at NQF Level 4 this SLP will also admit students who have a minimum of one year experience of working in an early childhood setting. Prospective students will need to attach proof of teaching experience during application.


12 months/1 year

Language medium


Registration periods


Tuition method

Open Distance Learning (ODL)

Kind of assessment

Formative assessment. Students must complete and pass a compulsory assignments in both modules. The assignment will involve task based assessments and a reflective assessment. The assignment will contribute 20% to the final mark of the module.
Summative assessment.
Students must write an examination which will count for 80% of marks. A sub minimum of 40% is required to pass the examination.

Understanding early childhood and barriers to development (CELS01A)
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • How context influences child development
  • Theories of child development
  • Domains of child development

Barriers to child development

Supporting care and learning for birth to five (CELS02B)
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • Creating learning environments
  • Planning appropriate programmes
  • Facilitating learning by responsive relationships, play and other techniques

Recording and interpreting observation and assessment

Course leader

Prof HB Ebrahim
PhD, M.ED, B.ED, Diploma ( Pre-Junior Primary)
(Discipline expertise: Teacher in the Foundation Phase – 16 years, Head of Discipline, Lecturer and Rated Researcher in Early Childhood – 13 years)
Contact details:
Email: ebrahhb@unisa.ac.za
Mobile: 0847832071
Department of Early Childhood Education.
Room 55 Level 7
AJH Building
Muckleneuck Campus
University of South Africa

Programme administrator(s)

Lynette Ramango
Centre for Continuing Education and Training
Sunnyside Campus Building  10 Room B10
Tel: 012 481 2731
Fax: 086 548 9968