Certificate in Early Childhood Development (CECD)

Duration: 18 months - NQF Level: 5



The aim of the Certificate in Early Childhood Development (CECD) Programme is to provide an opportunity and appropriate training for ECD students so that all children in Namibia at pre-school level have access to well-trained staff that offer suitable and appropriate services at ECD centres.


This programme is designed to enable students to:

  • Improve knowledge and understanding of how to carefor children in their developmental stages.
  • Provide a safe nurturing and loving environment for the children.
  • Use available resources constructively, creatively and effectively.
  • Ensure national uniformity of the programme followed at the ECD centres.
  • Understand the significance of a child’s development.
  • Develop a lively, questioning, appreciative and creative intellect in a child.
  • Develop a positive self-esteem through social interaction, as well as self-confidence and understanding of the world a child lives in.
  • Provide for the child’s individual needs and aptitudes.
  • Promote and foster the highest moral and ethical values within a child.


Who May Apply?

Educarers in the Industry and members of the general public who meet the admission requirements and would like to pursue a career in this field.

Admission Requirements

  •  A Grade 12 ( 20 points in six subjects)
  • E-symbol in English


  • Grade 10 (25 points in six subjects)
  • E symbol in English
  • 3 years relevant working experience



Assessment will be done through Assignments and Examinations:
  • Two assignments per module
  • Assignments will contribute 50% towards the final mark
  • An admission mark of 50% through assignment marks is required to sit for the examination in each module
  • One three-hour examination paper per module (exam mark will contribute 50% towards the final mark)
  • 1 practicum
  • End of semester examinations.


Duration of the Programme

This is a eighteen month distance education study programme and students are supported through contact sessions.

Programme Content

The programme consists of 12 Modules: