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Obtain the ECD Programme Certificate for Creches Now

If you run an Early Childhood Development (ECD) facility, apply for an ECD programme certificate.

Applying for an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme Certificate

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Do you want to provide learning and support appropriate to developing the age, stage and needs of the children you care for?

Including children with a disability, chronic illness and other special needs?

Nursery schools, creches, preschools and daycare centres can all fall under the term ‘Early Childhood Development.’

ECD Programme Certificate: Do You Run A Creche?

Do you run a preschool facility? Because a nursery school can apply for an ECD Programme Certificate. You can apply for an ECD programme certificate at your nearest Department of Social Development or municipal office.

ECD Programme Certificate Framework

1. ECD Programme Certificate Duration

The certificate is valid for five years.

2. Criteria For ECD Programme Certificate

For your application to be considered, your ECD programme must:

  • Provide appropriate development opportunities.
  • Be aimed at helping children realise their full potential.
  • Care for children in a constructive manner and provide support and security.
  • Ensure the development of positive social behaviour.
  • Respect and nurture the culture, spirit, dignity, individuality and language of each child.
  • Finally, meet the emotional, cognitive, sensory, spiritual, moral, physical, social and communication development needs of each child.

3. Individual Criteria For ECD Programme Certificate: You must

4. Qualifying For ECD Funding

Firstly, you must comply with the prescribed national norms and standards to qualify for the funding of ECD programmes. Funding is prioritised in particular communities. For example, families who lack the means of providing proper shelter, food and other basic necessities of life to their children.

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Steps To Apply For ECD Programme Certificate

Obtain Form 16: Department of Social Development

Application For ECD Programme Certificate

Apply for the registration or conditional registration of an ECD programme at your nearest Department of Social Development or municipal office. They will issue Form 16.

2. Provide Correct Information For Your ECD Programme Certificate

The application must contain the following:

  1. Your name and identity number
  2. Your physical and postal address
  3. The particulars of the ECD programme
  4. An implementation plan for the ECD programme
  5. The staff composition of the facility where the ECD programme will be provided
  6. The financial statements of the ECD facility
  7. A clearance issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to ensure that your name and that of staff members do not appear in Part B of the National Child Protection Register or the National Register for Sex Offenders
  8. Your qualifications, skills and experience.

Once your application has been approved, you will be issued with a certificate of registration or conditional registration or renewal of registration. Afterwards, officials from the Department of Social Development and the municipality will make continuous assessment visits to your facility.

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How long does ECD Programme Certification take?

It may take up to three months for your registration certificate to be issued.

How much does ECD Programme Certification cost?

The service is free.

Department of Social Development Contact Information

  • Customer Care Helpline: 012 312 7727
  • Email:

Department of Social Development Provincial Contact Numbers

Provincial DSDPhone DSD
Gauteng(011) 355 7687 / 7977 / 7878
Limpopo(015) 293 6004 / 6054 / 6011 / 6053
North West(018) 387 3434 / 0255 / 3497 / 0281
Mpumalanga(013) 766 3098 / 3253 / 3031
Free State(051) 400 0302 / 0304 / 0307
Eastern Cape(043) 605 5000
KwaZulu-Natal(033) 264 5400
Western Cape(021) 483 3858/ 3765 / 3158 / 5445
Northern Cape(053) 807 5600


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