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 care for 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 an eighteen month distance education study programme and students are supported through contact sessions.

Programme Content

The programme consists of 12 Modules: