National Certificate: N4 Educare

R15 400.00

The N4 Educare part-qualification is the first step towards completing the full N4-N6 Educare programme. This comprehensive programme covers all the fundamentals of childcare, including child development, health and safety, and early childhood education. With a focus on practical, hands-on learning, this course will provide you with the skills you need to work with children between 0-5 years of age. Completing all three levels successfully also gives you the opportunity to convert your National Certificate to a National N Diploma at NQF level 6, provided that you have evidence of 18 months’ practical experience!

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Course code: C01248



Educare Didactics N4

Daycare Personnel Development N4

Education N4

Child Health N4

Grade 12


Level 4 National Certificate (NQF)


NC(V) Level 4

Course type: Accredited

SAQA ID: NQF L5 (SAQA ID: 66883)

Minimum credits: 60

Quality assurance partner: Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as the Examination Body

Quality council: The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)

Certification:  National Certificate: N4 Educare

Certification issued by: DHET upon delegation of the QCTO

Assessment information:

  • 2 assignments per subject
  • 1 internal test per subject
  • 1 external examination per subject

Assessments will be allocated percentages which will be used to calculate a final mark. It will not contribute to your mark for the external examination set by the DHET. However, the final mark and the external examination mark are added together on a 40:60 basis. In other words, the final mark counts 40% and the examination mark counts 60% of the final promotion mark.

  • Students have 3 opportunities to write per academic year.
  • The DHET determines the application deadlines and timetables for each academic year.
  • Examinations are written at a DHET registered examination venue.


Exam qualifying criteria:

  • The student has submitted the application document and identity document to Optimi College.
  • The student has met the minimum criteria for exam entry (minimum of 50%) obtained in each assignment.


Exam fees:

Not included in the course fee.


Portfolio of Evidence fee:

Not included in the course fee


* A total of 18 months practical training within the childcare industry is required to obtain the National Diploma. Students must submit the work-based logbook as evidence.

Course fee: R15 400.00

Deposit: R1 800.00

Monthly instalment: R1 236.36

Payment duration: 11 months

Study duration: 12 months

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Dedicated lecturer

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