What is Educare?

What is Educare? In basic words, Educare means to bring up and educate. It is a great way of changing the future by shaping young minds. Working in Educare means you work with children in the early stages of their lives, and you make a big impact. The ages of the children you will take care of in Educare range from birth all the way to preschool.

What Educare Courses Can I Study?

When looking into Educare courses there are a lot to choose from. You get courses ranging from the National Diploma to short courses in childcare. When deciding which one to pursue it all depends on what your aim is when finishing your course. The short courses are aimed at providing you with the basic knowledge needed when, for example, you are looking to become an au pair or babysitter. The National Certificate courses are more advanced and it aims to provide you with all the necessary knowledge to be able to open and run your own educare centre.

Skills Academy is one of a few institutions to offer multiple options of Educare courses, from short courses to the more advanced Nated courses. Below is a list of all the different Educare course options provided by them:

How do I get my National Diploma After Finishing my National Certificate?

When completing your N6 in Educare, you still have the option of going further and making it a National Diploma. This will take you 18 months to do. After completing the Certificate you will be required to work in-service for 18 months. Only after that you will qualify for the National Diploma.

What are the Educare Subjects?

Here is a table that maps out the subjects you will have during the course of the Educare N4-N6:

Educare N4

Educare N5

Educare N6

Educare Didactics

Educare Didactics

Educare Didactics

Child Health

Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship

Daycare Management


Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology

Daycare Personnel Development

Daycare Communication

Daycare Communication

Want to know what you’ll learn in these subjects? Read this article on Educare Subjects!

What is Early Childhood Development?

Early Childhood Development (ECD) is the term that talks about  the development of the child on a physical, psychological, cognitive and social level between the ages of birth and when going to formal school.

What is the Difference Between ECD and Basic Childcare Courses?

The main difference between ECD and Basic Childcare courses is that the basic courses will not really give you the skills or knowledge to be an ECD practitioner. It will, however, give you the knowledge to work with children in a more informal setting such as babysitting or au pairing. An ECD course is more formal and you will be qualified to work in more formal settings such as at an Educare facility or even start your own and be able to run and manage it.

What can I do With the Different Qualifications?

The sky’s the limit with all the different options at hand. As mentioned before, with all the basic courses you can easily get a job as a babysitter or au pair. You might also be able to apply for a position as an assistant at an educare centre. With the National Diploma in Educare you will be well equipped and qualified for a position as an Educare practitioner or even the owner of an educare centre.

What Salary can I Earn?

Your salary will be dependent on where you work. An easy way to get a fair idea of a salary is to check on PayScale. It is also a convenient site to find out what the market average is, as well as how much can be expected based on experience.


Can I Register With SACE Then? Will That Make me a Teacher?

To be a registered teacher in South Africa, you are required to apply and register with the South African Council of Educators (SACE). Once your application is successful you will be a registered educare practitioner. You can register with a National Certificate on the basis that you re-register every three years, but if you have your National Diploma, you can apply for full registration.

Keep in mind that if you want to work at a school and not an educare centre, you will only be able to be an assistant teacher. All Educare practitioners must be registered with SACE to be bound by SACE’s Code of Professional Ethics. This means that, even though you might not be a qualified teacher, you are a registered, professional educare practitioner. This can be the difference between your CV ending up in the “discard” pile and getting that interview!

Registering With SACE

You will need to complete and submit the following documents to become registered with SACE:

  • A fully completed SACE application form (it has to be an original form and not an electronic copy or photocopy).
  • Certified copies of your academic record. You have to have completed your qualification and indicate the date that you graduated. You also need to include a certified copy of your graduation certificate.
  • People with Diplomas in Grade R must also include a Matric certificate or an ECD level 4 certificate with their full academic record.
  • A certified copy of your National Senior Certificate or Matric certificate.
  • A certified copy of your ID.

All of these documents must be correctly submitted before SACE can issue you with a certificate. You can find more information about the registration process on the SACE website here.


Why Should I Study Educare?

Educare is a really rewarding field to enter. You are shaping the minds of tomorrow and will have a great impact on their lives. It is a tough job, but with the correct qualification you will be well equipped to be able to handle any obstacle on the job that comes your way.

Last updated: February 12, 2019

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