Foundations of Teaching in Early Childhood Development

Online Short Course

R10 753.00

Course Fees
10 weeks


The aim of this course is to increase knowledge among early childhood educators, para-professionals and caregivers about theories and policies related to early childhood care and education. This is particularly relevant in the South African context, where community members implemented early learning centres, often home-based or in other sites like church halls.
When establishing a site or centre for teaching early childhood care and education, it is essential to have a firm grasp on the policies, theories and methodologies that are required.
This short course aims to equip you with this foundational knowledge, so that you can successfully teach and assess the birth to 4 years age group.


Welcome to the Foundations of Teaching in Early Childhood Care and Education online short course. The modules in this course have been designed specifically with the aim of introducing childcare practitioners and para-professionals – as well as parents and caregivers – to the fundamentals of childcare in the ECE site/centre, particularly regarding the birth-4 year age group. The topics covered in this course range from the necessary policies and guidelines governing the ECE centres, to the various methodologies applied in the early childhood education environment, and the importance of observation and assessment. At the end of this course, you will also have a clear insight into the importance of the role of community stakeholders in the early childhood care and education environment.

Subject Expert

Susan Greyling is an Early Childhood Development and Education (ECCE) Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus).

She has foundational knowledge of approaches and teaching methodology in the field. Susan has a sound knowledge of curriculum studies in early childhood education and played a major part in developing the Grade R programme, having insight into curriculum development processes and extensive knowledge of theoretical framing of teaching and learning. Her research interests include Early Childhood Education as well as Educational Management, and she is currently busy with her PhD in Educational Management (UNISA), with the theme: Management training for Foundation Phase Teachers that strive towards Principal positions: Case study in the North West Province.

Tutor Support

Each course is assigned its own Online Academic Tutor, who is ready and waiting to guide and assist their learners throughout their learning experience.

The Online Academic Tutor, who is assigned to your course, is trained to build each student up to reach their fullest potential. Students can expect their Online Academic Tutor to answer questions, offer advice and provide further clarification on any academic aspects.

Course and Technical Requirements

To successfully access and complete this course, you will be required to have a registered email account, access to a computer/laptop/tablet and stable internet connection. You will be required to be familiar with using a computer as you may need to be able to read and download documents in Adobe PDF Reader, view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, and read and create documents in Microsoft Word.

Our online short learning programmes may require additional software applications. These additional software application requirements will be communicated to you in this information pack and/or on the website course page. Damelin Online does not provide any additional software applications required for online short learning programmes.

Please note: Google, YouTube and Vimeo may be used in our online course delivery. If any of these services are blocked in your jurisdiction, you may have difficulty in accessing our course content.

How You Will Learn

Our online short learning programmes are broken into self-paced manageable modules, designed to assist you throughout your learning process through diverse learning activities:

  • Learn through all your interactive course notes
  • Review case studies and supplementary resources
  • Apply and evaluate what you have learned in each module with the self-grading quizzes and assignment submissions
  • View a range of course video lectures presented by our Subject Matter Experts
  • Network, collaborate and interact with your fellow participants and Online Course Facilitator via the discussion forum and Zoom webinars


Upon successful completion of this online short learning programme, you will receive the recognition of your knowledge and skills with a Damelin Certificate of Competence. Your certificate of competence will be issued in your registered name and will be couriered at no additional cost.

You will be required to complete a series of assessments that will be facilitated through our virtual learning environment. Your course handbook will be made available to you once you have commenced with your short learning programme.


  • MODULE 0
    Orientation Module
  • MODULE 1
    History of Pre-Primary Schools
  • MODULE 2
    Theories and Models to Stimulate Young Children
  • MODULE 3
    Know your ECCE Policies
  • MODULE 4
    Observation and Assessment Birth-4 Years
  • MODULE 5
    Play at the ECCE Site for Birth-4 Year Curriculum
  • MODULE 6
    Meaningful Involvement of Relevant Stakeholders in ECCE
  • MODULE 7
    Feeding Young Children
  • MODULE 8
    Milestones of the Young Child
  • MODULE 9

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