Educare: NATED N6 National Diploma

The N6 Educare course is the last level of the Educare qualification. You will receive your Diploma after completing your practical component of the course.

Course Summary

Award type:
National N Diploma
Accredited by:
DHET, QCTO
Duration:
36 Months
Entrance Requirement:
Be able to study through distance learning, Have a Matric Certificate OR National Senior Certificate OR an Amended Senior Certificate, Write and understand English, You must have completed the previous course which is the Educare: NATED N6 National Certificate

The Educare: NATED N6 National Diploma is the last qualification you will receive in the NATED Educare Programme. First, you need to complete the following Educare courses to apply for your Educare: NATED N6 National Diploma:

After you have completed the theoretical component of the programme, you have to complete 18 months of work experience. Only then will you receive your Educare: NATED N6 National Diploma from the Department of Higher Education and Training.

All of our NATED courses are offered in partnership with Bellview Institute of Distance Learning.

Nated N6 National Diploma

Educare: NATED N6 National Certificate Subjects

The Educare: NATED N6 National Diploma does not have any subjects because it only consists of 18 months of work experience. To gain entry into this “course”, you must complete the previous courses:

How NATED Courses Work

Career Opportunities

After you have completed the Educare: NATED N6 National Diploma, you can get into the following career paths:

  • Au pairing
  • Babysitting
  • Day Care Administrator
  • Day Care Manager
  • Early Childhood Development Teacher
  • Educare Facilitator
  • Educare Teacher
  • Nanny
  • Nursery School Assistant Teacher
  • Nursery Teacher
  • Teachers Assistant

What Will I Learn?

The Educare: NATED N6 National Diploma course can teach you a range of skills. From business to the development of young children. Here are is what you will learn:

  1. How nutrition is important for the overall development of young children
  2. The importance of routine in a young child’s development
  3. How children develop physically compared to their mental development
  4. How to run your own Educare business
  5. The administrative side of Educare
  6. The health and safety of young learners

And how to communicate all of the information to these young children’s parents.

Educare: NATED N6 National Diploma Assessments

The Educare: NATED National Diploma does not have any assessments. You will only complete 18 months of work experience to get your Educare: NATED National Diploma.

18 Month Work Experience 

After you have completed all of the National Certificate courses in Educare, you have to complete your 18 months of work experience. The work experience you gain should be documented in a logbook. Learn more about the logbook:

NATED N6 National Diploma Log Book

An N6 Educare is a National Qualification (NATED). It can be one of these qualifications:

  1. N6 National Certificate
  2. N6 National Diploma

N6 National Certificate

An N6 National Certificate is a qualification that was designed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). This qualification can only be awarded to you by the DHET. You also do not have to complete the practical component of this course to get the N6 National Certificate. You do however need to complete the first two courses which are the N4 National Certificate and the N5 National Certificate.

* The N6 National Certificate qualification is at NQF Level 5

What Can I Do With An N6 National Certificate?

Here is what you can do after you have completed your Educare: NATED N6 National Certificate:

  • Find employment. Here is what you can apply for:
  • Au pairing
  • Babysitting
  • Day Care Administrator
  • Day Care Manager
  • Early Childhood Development Teacher
  • Educare Facilitator
  • Educare Teacher
  • Nanny
  • Nursery School Assistant Teacher
  • Nursery Teacher
  • Complete your 18 months of work experience and get your N6 National Diploma
  • Further your studies at Matric College and complete another National Qualification

N6 National Diploma

An N6 National Diploma is a qualification that was designed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). This qualification can only be awarded to you by the DHET.

For the N6 National Diploma, you have to complete the practical component of this course to get the N6 National Diploma. You also have to complete the first three courses which are the N4 National Certificate, N5 National Certificate, and the N6 National Certificate.

*This qualification is at an NQF Level 6

What Can I Do With An N6 National Diploma?

Here is what you can do after you have completed your Educare: NATED N6 National Diploma:

  • Find employment
  • Au pairing
  • Babysitting
  • Day Care Administrator
  • Day Care Manager
  • Early Childhood Development Teacher
  • Educare Facilitator
  • Educare Teacher
  • Nanny
  • Nursery School Assistant Teacher
  • Nursery Teacher
  • Further your studies at Matric College and complete another National Qualification

An Educare National Qualification is awarded to students who complete the Educare NATED Programme. 

This qualification was designed by the Department of Higher Education and Training and is accredited by the QCTO (Quality Council for Trades and Occupations). In each National Qualification, students get both the practical and theoretical knowledge they need to start working.

Yes, Educare courses are accredited and recognised by employers and even some universities. All of our Educare National Qualifications are designed by the Department of Higher Education and Training. These qualifications are both practical and theoretical. This means that once students have completed any of our National Qualifications (NATED) courses, they are work-ready. Our Educare courses are accredited by:

  • The Department of Higher Education and Training
  • The Quality Council of Trades and Occupations

No, Educare is not the same as Early Childhood Development (ECD). General child daycare courses or Educare courses provide students with the necessary skills to “teach” children in a less formal setting. These settings include child daycare centres or créches. 

Students that have studied accredited Educare courses can become assistants to Grade R Teachers but cannot teach Grade R learners.

No, you cannot become a teacher with an N6 Educare but you can become a Grade R Teachers Assistant. Here are the qualifications you need to become a Teacher:

  • Diploma in Grade R Teaching (NQF Level 6)
  • Bachelor of Primary Education in Early Childhood Development (NQF Level 7)
  • Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Development – Foundation Phase (NQF Level 7)
  • You can also complete a (PGCE) Postgraduate Certificate in Education. This course can only be completed if you already have a Bachelor’s Degree in any other field of study.

You cannot teach any Grade with an Educare Diploma. You can only “teach” young children between the ages of 0 to 5 years old. Teaching approaches vary based on the age of the children. Here is a list of the various age groups and the associated responsibilities:

  • 3 to 12 months
  • 12 to 24 months and 18 to 24
  • 2 to 3-year-old
  • 3 to 4 years old
  • 4 to 5 years old
 3 To 12 Months
Position
  1. Nursery Teacher
  2. Nursery School Assistant Teacher
  3. Day Care Assistant
  4. Babysitter
  5. Nanny
Duties
  • Nursery Teachers will advise mothers on nutrition, especially with regards to milk
  • Some Child Day Care Centres will allow mothers to feed their babies during the day OR send the required milk for the baby
  • Babies will learn how to:
    • Sit, move around on their stomachs, crawl and walk
    • Turn their head and watch and listen to moving objects
    • Explore reaching out to objects
    • Find hidden objects and lift them
Learning stageAuditory stimulus is the most important stage in this age group. Your voice is an important tool. Sometimes, babies are also exposed to calming music.
OutcomesYou should make babies feel safe, warm, and loved in a secure environment. This helps babies to develop a sense of trust.
 12 To 24 Months And 18 To 24
Position
  1. Nursery Teacher
  2. Nursery School Assistant Teacher
  3. Day Care Assistant
  4. Babysitter
  5. Nanny
  6. Educare Teacher
Duties
  • Educare Teachers aim to provide stimulation through a range of activities.
  • Toddlers will learn how to:
    • Understand words and listen to stories being read and told
    • Turning the pages of their own books and recognising objects in the book, while pointing to them
    • Recognise and name the parts of the body
    • Stacking blocks and being able to make a tower of at least three blocks
    • Sing and move to music
Learning stageIndependence is the most important stage in this age group. Toddlers will learn how to do things for themselves. This includes: drinking and feeding themselves.
OutcomesToddlers’ fine motor skills are developed through activities that make use of their hands and fingers. Toddlers will learn how to manipulate objects through tearing, drawing, and working with play dough. These textures can enhance the sensitivity to the toddler’s hands.
toddlers’ gross motor coordination is also developed through outdoor activities that ensure that they use their large muscles. This includes activities such as pushing and pulling wheel toys and climbing: inside, outside, under, over, behind, and in between objects.
 2 To 3-Year-Old
Position
  1. Nursery Teacher
  2. Nursery School Assistant Teacher
  3. Day Care Assistant
  4. Babysitter
  5. Nanny
  6. Educare Teacher
  7. Early Childhood Development Teacher
  8. Educare Facilitator
Duties
  • Educare Teachers will focus on areas that will help young learners in a few learning environments such as gross motor skills and cognitive skills
  • Educare teachers will also have a daily programme to structure the day. This is important for young learners as it brings about routine
  • Toddlers will learn how to:
    • Cut and paste images
    • Draw and paint
    • Use playdough and figure out how to solve puzzles
    • Building blocks on to each other
    • Fantasy play
    • Music and movement (dancing)
    • Listen to stories being told and read
Learning stageCognitive skills and Independence plays a big role in this learning stage.
Outcomes

Toddlers learn more about structure. This helps them prepare for their day. This way they learn what to expect and what parts of the day they enjoy. This can be literacy, arts, numeracy, and life skills.

toddlers will also know how to do things for themselves. These duties may include: using the toilet by themselves, how to dress and undress and how to express themselves through communication.

 3 To 4 Years Old
Position
  1. Au pairing
  2. Babysitting
  3. Day Care Administrator
  4. Day Care Manager
  5. Early Childhood Development Teacher
  6. Educare Facilitator
  7. Educare Teacher
  8. Nanny
  9. Nursery School Assistant Teacher
  10. Nursery Teacher
Duties
  • Educare Teachers will help students create relationships with their peers. This is through encouraging pair work and group work
  • Toddlers will learn how to:
    • Language development is crucial in this age group. Here is why:
    • Communicate their needs and wants to the Educare Teacher
      Communicate their likes and dislikes with other learners
    • Toddlers’ cognitive skills will also improve because they learn to think more about how they affect people around them
Learning stageSocial development is important at this stage. Students learn how to communicate and form relationships with other children.
OutcomesThe toddler learns more about their likes and dislikes and how to form relationships with other toddlers.
 4 To 5 Years Old
PositionAu pairing
Babysitting
Day Care Administrator
Day Care Manager
Early Childhood Development Teacher
Educare Facilitator
Educare Teacher
Nanny
Nursery School Assistant Teacher
Nursery Teacher
Duties
  • Educare Teachers will plan scheduled lessons for toddlers. Toddlers will learn how to engage in sustained play episodes. In these episodes, toddlers will learn how to plan, share responsibility, negotiate and check if they have good leadership skills
  • Toddlers will learn how to:
    • Develop their micro activities which include:
    • Gross motor activity
    • Imaginary games
  • An activity the child will master
  • Know how to complete an assessment, which includes:
    • This will be an ongoing process and will happen every day with and/or without the child being aware of it
    • Educare teachers will meet with parents and they will discuss the child’s development. The Educare Teacher will make recommendations to the parents regularly
Learning stageCognitive skills are the main focus in this stage. Toddlers will learn how to think and engage in more complex situations. This helps prepare them for Grade R
OutcomesThe toddler will learn how to think by themselves and how to remember information previously learned. Students will also learn about how they can be assessed.

No, you cannot apply to a university with an N6 National Diploma Qualification or an N6 National Certificate Qualification. Remember that some universities will not accept your application for a Degree course or a Diploma course.

It is important to research universities before applying because you might gain entry to the university but not for the course you wish to complete.

This depends on the career you choose. Both courses can be beneficial, certain courses need a certain level of education to start a career. For example, if you want to become a Doctor, you have to complete a Degree course. Now, let us look at this from an Educare point of view.

If you want to be a Child Day Care Administrator, you only have to complete an N6 Educare Diploma course but you could also become a Child Day Care Assistant Administrator with an Educare: NATED N6 National Certificate.

*The employer decides if they want to employ you.

Here are the top three things to do with your N6 National Diploma in Educare:

  • Au Pair
  • Babysitting
  • Child daycare administration

Au Pair

If you are interested in living and working abroad, then this is an option for you. When you are doing Au Pair work abroad, you will have the following duties:

  • Children’s Morning Routine: Assist the children to prepare for school. These duties include getting dressed and preparing for the day.
  • Preparing Meals For Children: This includes preparing meals for school as well as snacks and meals for after school.
  • Transport Arrangements: You will take the children to and from school. You will also take them to other activities such as sporting events. This means that one of the requirements is a driver’s license.
  • Do The Laundry: You have to wash and fold the children’s laundry. Depending on the activity of the children, you and the parents will agree if you will do it daily or weekly.
  • Cleaning The Children’s Rooms: If the children are young, you will clean their rooms or show them how to clean their rooms. In certain cases, parents want you to clean the rooms of the children regardless of their age. This is a discussion you will have with the parents beforehand.
  • Playtime / Gametime: Once again, this depends on the age and a discussion with the parents. You have to engage in fun activities such as games.
  • Assist With Homework: If the children get homework and need assistance, you can help them where you can. If students need extra help, you will inform the parents.
  • Children’s Bedtime Routine: Once it is time for the children to go to bed, you will assist with preparing them for bed. This includes running bath water as well as helping the children get dressed.

To apply for an Au Pair position abroad you can use an agency or you can speak to the parents directly. Here are some places you can apply for an Au Pair position:

Au pair work can also be done locally and sometimes has different responsibilities than Au Pairs that work abroad. These duties can include all of the above but you can also expect the following:

  • Transport For Different Activities: Some parents only need an Au Pair to drive their children to and from school. They also include duties such as taking the children to extra-mural activities such as soccer or ballet practice, even tutor assistance.
  • Tutor Assistance: Some children need extra assistance with certain subjects and some parents only require Au Pairs for this particular duty. They will sometimes even request that Au Pairs fetch them from school and prepare a meal for their child or children.
  • Keeping The Children Entertained: Sometimes parents only want to hire Au Pairs to entertain their children while they go away for a weekend or away for an evening. Parents will even hire Au Pair workers for an entire evening at an event being held by them.

To apply for an Au Pair job locally you can also apply through an agency or you can speak to parents directly. Here are some places you can apply for an Au Pair position:

Babysitting

This type of work is usually in an informal setting and is temporary (for a couple of hours, a night, or over a weekend). This is typically seen as a job for a teenager BUT can be turned into a profitable business.

A Babysitter looks after children and makes sure that they are bathed, dressed, are ready for bedtime, fed, and kept entertained until the parents arrive. You can have the children at your own place or you can take care of them at the parent’s place.

You can find babysitting jobs here:

Child Day Care Administrators

Child Day Care Administrators can have multiple duties. This can include the following duties:

  • Administrative Tasks: Such as listening, reporting, and documenting parent complaints, financial reports, and compliance reports.
  • Healthy Environment: Make sure that the daycare facility is a clean, safe and healthy environment. This ensures the safety of the children.
  • Background Checks: These checks include everything from criminal checks to training or qualification checks. Once again this ensures that the children are safe and get quality learning.
  • Budgets And Finances: Child Daycare Administrators also make sure that the business is adhering to the budget of the business. They also make sure that the finances are distributed evenly.

Your Next Step Is To Further Your Studies

After you have completed your Educare: NATED N6 National Diploma, you can further your studies with another NATED Course.

Why Choose To Study With Matric College?

Matric College is a good option for students who prefer distance learning. Distance learning does not require students to attend classes in person. Busy students will benefit from distance learning. Below are a few reasons to study with us:

  • We offer unique payment plans: Various payment options are available. Here are your options:
    • Advance payments (Paying your studies for the entire programme or course)
    • Split payments (Paying half of your studies at the beginning of the year, and the other half at the end of the year)
    • Monthly payments (Pay a fixed installment every month)
    • Unique payment method (a payment method that works for both of us)
  • You can study and work: You can study full-time while working. You do not have to attend classes in person or online. Just submit your assignments and take the final exam.
  • Set up your own study schedule: You can decide how much time you want to spend on studying. At Matric College, we know that balancing work, family, and studies is important.
  • Get tutor assistance from us: We have tutors who can assist you if you are struggling with the work or need advice on the work. You can reach out to our tutors online or book a callback.
  • Our friendly support team checks in on your progress: You will receive regular calls to check in on your progress or remind you of assignments and upcoming tests.

“Educare” means caring for and educating young learners. In South Africa, this means that working parents can leave their children or child at a child daycare centre or créche. Here, their children will learn the basic skills to prepare them for Grade 1. If you want to become a part of the learning environment and development of young children, then you should consider applying for the Educare: NATED N6 National Diploma.

You can convert your N6 National Certificate to an N6 National Diploma once you have completed your 18 months of work experience. You should have a logbook with your recorded work experience, that should be submitted to the Department of Higher Education and Training. 

Once this has been approved by them, they will award you with an N6 National Diploma.

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An Educare Practitioner is someone that takes care of young learners between the ages of 0 – 3 years old. Here are some of the duties of an Educare Practitioner:

  • Assess students developmental needs
  • Develop young children’s language skills through songs and stories
  • Completing physical activities with young learners to help develop their motor skills
  • Promoting interaction amongst young learners to develop social development skills
  • Provide healthy meals to students to improve their overall health.

All of the above-mentioned duties are then discussed with these young learners’ parents, especially if there are any concerns.

Yes, Educare courses are recognised by employers and some universities. All of our Educare National Qualifications are designed by the Department of Higher Education and Training. These qualifications are both practical and theoretical. This means that once students have completed any of our National Qualifications (NATED) courses, they are work-ready. Our Educare courses are accredited by:

  • The Department of Higher Education and Training
  • The Quality Council of Trades and Occupations

Here is how you can pass any Educare course:

  • Create a study schedule
  • Participate in group discussions
  • Do your assessments

Create A Study Schedule 

Plan a study schedule you will be able to follow. Studying will help you identify the subjects you understand and those that challenge you. If you are having difficulty understanding anything, contact a tutor

Participate In Group Discussions

Participate in study groups. Ask as many questions as you can and express your opinions about what is being discussed. You will learn new information from your fellow students and gain clarity on different course topics. 

Do Your Assessments

Be sure to keep track of all your assessment submission dates. Submit all of your assessments on time. Do not complete your assignments in a hurry, take your time and remember that your assessments count towards your pass mark.

Yes, Educare is a good career. You work with children, which makes it an exciting and rewarding career. Seeing that they have learned something new because of your dedication will make you feel good. Working with children is wonderful, and making a difference in their lives will be the highlight of your day.

Here is a list of skills a Day Care Teacher needs: 

  • Communication 
  • Creativity 
  • Enthusiasm 
  • Patience 

Communication 

You must be able to communicate well with children. To communicate effectively with children, you must understand how they process information. In addition to teaching them to read and speak, you need to understand how children learn.

Creativity 

Each child is unique. You need to be creative enough to teach each child in their own way. Visual learning may be better for some children whereas auditory or written learning may be better for others.

You will also need creativity to choose the activities you want to do with young children. Being creative with the way you teach your children will keep their attention. Children need to enjoy learning.

Enthusiasm 

To work with children effectively, you need to be enthusiastic about working with young learners. In order to be a good teacher, you should strive to make every child’s life better by encouraging them in their learning and development.

Patience 

Children are still learning how things work as they grow. Be patient with them at all times. The process may take them some time to understand, and they may make mistakes along the way.

R 6000 – R 15 000 per month

The average salary for an early childhood teacher is between R 6 000 and R 15 000 per month in South Africa.

Your salary is determined by the following factors:

  • Your educational background
  • You work experience
  • The position you are applying for
  • The company you work for

Application Process

Here is how to apply for the Educare: NATED N6 National Certificate

Step 1: Contact us

Here are the ways in which you can get in touch with us:

  1. You need to fill out the online application form
  2. Book a call 
  3. For more information, please contact us on (021 838 8295)
  4. Visit us at our physical address

Step 2: Speak to one of our friendly course experts

Our course specialists can help you choose a course. We base your course options on your interests, abilities, and what you can afford.

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Step 3: Register for one of our courses 

As a distance learning college, we have an open application policy. Register any time of the year.

Step 4: Write the exams

Complete your first Programme with us. After passing the exams, you may apply for the next NATED Programme.

How Do I Study The NATED Educare Programme

Step 1: Apply the NATED National Programme
Step 2: You need to finish three assignments before you register for the final exams
Step 3: Get 40% or more for all of your assignments
Step 4: Wait for the results of your assignments
Step 5: Apply for the final NATED exam after you have received your results and qualify to write the exam
Step 6: Write your first exam AND continue the process with each subject
Step 7: After you have successfully completed the course, you will receive your Certificate from Matric College. *The DHET will provide you with your National Diploma.

Where Can I Study An Educare Course?

You can study NATED courses via distance learning. Matric College is one of the many distance learning colleges that offer these courses.

When Can I Start Studying An Educare Course?

You can start studying whenever you like. Matric College is a distance learning institution. Apply whenever you are ready. Exams are conducted in the same way. 

When you are ready to take the exams, you can register. It gives you full control over your studies and future career.

Matric College NATED Educare Programme Facebook Group

We have a Facebook group dedicated to NATED Programmes. Through this online platform, students can study together.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, you cannot do a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with a NATED National Diploma. The next question you should ask yourself is, who qualifies for the PGCE?

A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is an opportunity for anyone that holds a Bachelor’s Degree or a 3-year Diploma at an NQF Level 6 or NQF Level 7. This means that if you already have a Bachelor’s Degree OR 3-year Diploma, you can apply for the PGCE and get the opportunity to teach learners in a formal setting.

This depends on the type of position you want to apply for. All of our NATED National Certificates provide you with the opportunity to start your career in Educare. The more National Qualifications you complete, the higher the positions you can apply for.

You need 180 credits for a National Diploma in Educare. This means that you need to complete your N4 National Certificate (60 credits), N5 National Certificate (60 credits), and N6 National Certificate (60 credits).

After you have completed your 180 credits in theory, you must complete your work experience which is another (180 credits).

Educare National Qualifications lasts forever. Your qualification will not expire. If you want to know how long you can complete this course you are at the right place. Our courses take between 18 months to 36 months to complete. If you do not complete the course in time you can register again.

It can take between 6 – 12 months to complete one Educare course but it can take between 18 – 36 months to complete an entire Educare programme.

Yes, you do graduate after N6. You can then enter the workplace or further your studies at a university. This depends on the universities requirements.

At Matric, all of our Graduations are held live on online platforms. We will let our students know when they should prepare for the event.

No, you cannot study any of our Educare National Qualifications without Matric but you can complete one of these courses to gain entry into one of our Educare courses:

  • Matric Upgrade – if you have completed Matric but failed
  • Adult Matric – if you only have Grade 9 and want to complete your Matric

Complete a short Child Day Care course instead – If you do not have Matric and do not want to complete Matric

You can get more information regarding our course prices from our course experts. Study each course separately or complete all three courses. Here are some of our friendly course experts you can contact:

Christa Algera
067 979 8751
[email protected]
Delmarie Lessing-Venter
060 697 6369
[email protected]
Lindiwe Molekoa
081 722 1268
[email protected]
Tatum Jansen
079 544 5215
[email protected]
Thulani Nkosi
072 931 2909
[email protected]
Tebogo Setsetse
0786402271
[email protected]

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Author: Jesmé Africa
Editor: Amy Venter
Date Published: February 28, 2022

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