Through this programme, those who are passionate about children and understand the importance of investing in early childhood development will be well-prepared to begin work in early childhood development. Through a curriculum which integrates a SETA-accredited programme with global specialisations and certifications attained through some of the world’s largest learning platforms, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to make a difference in this industry.

Further to the emphasis on early childhood development (0-9 years old), you will learn to build new ventures, providing the opportunity to not only work in the industry, but become job creators in the field.

At NewBridge College, you will attend full-time lectures in support of this professional learning programme, and your programme will include the NewBridge College exclusive Professional Development Programme, giving you the tools to adapt and thrive in our ever-changing working world. Each programme is also accompanied by relevant Short Learning Programmes, offered through the innovative learning platform, boosting your CV and ensuring that you remain relevant in the workplace.

What You Will Learn


  • Child health
  • Education
  • Communication skills
  • Management skills
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Facilitating learning
  • Facilitating literacy and numeracy
  • Dealing with special needs and diversity
Career Path

  • Pre-School Teacher
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Aftercare Assistant
  • Sports Facility Management
  • Child Minder
  • Crèche Teacher
  • Training and Facilitating


Enterance Criteria

The NewBridge College admission criterion is a National Senior Certificate or equivalent.
The applicant must be able to demonstrate proficiency in both English and Numeracy.
NewBridge College may apply alternative criteria in cases where the applicant does not
meet the requirements for admission stated above in order to demonstrate readiness.
Professional Development Programme


Our exclusive Professional Development Programme runs concurrently with your National Diploma in Early Childhood Development, teaching you crucial academic skills, workplace skills, financial literacy, personal skills and digital citizenship, and giving you an advantage for life.

Programme Content

The National Diploma in Early Childhood Development is registered and accredited in the South African regulatory system by ETDP SETA. This qualification is offered via distance by Compass Academy of Learning (CAL). CAL is responsible for registration, assessment, providing and delivering the curriculum, and certification of the qualification.

NewBridge College offers full-time lecture and tutorial support towards this ETDP SETA qualification. Similarly, NewBridge College offers support for the Short Learning Programmes offered on that are detailed above. Our full-time campus, situated in Musgrave, Durban, ensures that students who enrol with us will enjoy a full student life that includes lectures, personal development, and an exciting sport and social programme while they study towards this internationally-recognised Physical IQ qualification.

For further information on this accreditation, click here