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Childhood Development Courses

National Certificate: N4 Educare


This course equips you with basic skills in childcare, and prepares you for further study in the field of early childhood education.

Studying this course may be a good option if:

  • You want to work towards a career as a playschool teacher, day care centre administrator, day care centre manager, or assistant Grade R teacher.
  • You want to start up your own ECD centre.

Please note that the N4 – N6 Educare courses include both a theoretical and a practical component. To complete the practical component, you will be required to spend a certain number of hours at an ECD facility (such as a crèche), and to present a certain number of lessons (under supervision of a qualified teacher, childcare worker, or ECD practitioner).

Course code:


Accreditation status:
  • N4 – accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)
  • SAQA ID: 66883
  • 60 Credits
Course duration:

12 months

Entry requirements:

Matric or Introductory Certificate

Subjects covered:
  • Educare Didactics N4
  • Child Health N4
  • Education N4
  • Day Care Personnel Development N4
Assessment and award:

Students are required to complete the following:

  • 3 – 4 assignments per subject
  • 1 exam per subject

Upon completion of this course, students will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement: N4 Educare from the DHET.

Additional information:

N courses are offered and assessed by Oxbridge Academy. After gaining a qualifying year mark, students will be admitted to write the national examination at an approved venue. Read our N4-N6 Exam letter for information on writing the exams.

Need assistance with gaining practical work experience?

While you are busy with your course, or after you have completed your studies, you can sign up for the DHET’s free placement service – iWIL – so that your profile can be matched with a suitable employer offering opportunities for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) or Workplace Based Learning (WBL) in your field of study.

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