Full-Time I Course Type: National Qualification

Why this course is perfect for you?

This qualification is offered to students who would like to work with children between the ages of birth to five years old.

This course consists of an N4 Certificate, N5 Certificate and N6 Certificate, and Diploma on completion of the N6 Certificate. Students need to submit proof of 18 months’ workplace experience at a school or day-care centre, for them to qualify for the National N-Diploma in Educare.

Please note that you will only receive a qualification on completion of the workplace experience.

How do I get in?

We have various touchpoints for your convenience. Simply call, email, fill in a form, or pop into our campus where one of our consultants will gladly assist you.

Time you will spend on the course:

You can complete the diploma in 2 years with 18 months in-service training. A year planner and academic calendar is available at the start of the year with dates and times of classes and campus activities to help you plan your schedule.

Can I study part time?

Yes, but you will need to register as a corresponding student. The National N-Diploma (practical) portion of this qualification is not available as a part-time option.


During the various National Lockdown Levels, it is important that the following minimum protocols are adhered to by all staff, students and visitors:

  • Participation in health checks and screenings
  • Maintaining of social distancing
  • Wearing of masks at all times
  • Sanitization when entering the campus


  • Education
  • Educare Didactics
  • Child Health
  • Day-Care Personnel
  • Educational Psychology
  • Educare Didactics
  • Day-Care Communication
  • Entrepreneurship & Business Management
  • Educational Psychology
  • Educare Didactics
  • Day-Care Communication
  • Day-Care Management

All examinations are external (national). To obtain a National N-Diploma in Educare requires a minimum of 18 months theoretical study plus 18 months of workplace experience.

Admission Requirements

N4: Grade 12 (with related subjects and 50% pass)

N5: N4 Certificate or equivalent qualification

N6: N5 Certificate or equivalent qualification

Careers you’d be great at:
  • Educare practitioner
  • Play group practitioner
  • Manage an ECD site
  • Starting and managing you own ECD site
  • Au pair
The strength in your qualification:

Certificates and Diplomas are conferred by the Department of Higher Education and Training. All qualifications are nationally recognised by industry and universities.

Upon successful completion of this programme, learners will receive a National Certificate at each Level N4, N5, N6 and a National N Diploma in Educare (on completion of N4-N6 and 18 months in-service training).

When can I enroll?

Enrolment in January and July


18 months full-time and 18 months practical work experience in industry for a National N-Diploma. As a corresponding student it will take 2 years to complete the theoretical component and 18 months for the workplace experience component.



Option 1: Complete the online ‘Contact us Form’ and one of the iCALC staff members will contact you.

Option 2: Complete the ‘Registration Form’ and email your form to, along with all supporting documents.

Option 3: Come to our campus and let us help you fill in all the forms.


The submission is checked, and all supporting documentation is verified.


Successful applicants will be required to pay the registration fee and first installment or deposit to finalize their registration.

The Registration is then captured and submitted, and your student number will then be issued.