Sol-Tech now also offers qualification in child development

Henry

Prospective students interested in studying early childhood development can now enroll at Sol-Tech for this qualification.

Sol-Tech’s new Early Childhood Development (ECD) qualification was launched on Tuesday at the institution’s main campus in Monument Park, Pretoria. Kindergarten principals and other key players attended the event.

Paul van Deventer, managing director of Sol-Tech, also announced that the first students will be able to start this course from June this year.

“Sol-Tech is particularly excited to make even more young people employable in this way. In South Africa there is a tremendous shortage of people who are specifically well trained for the early childhood development phase,” says Van Deventer.

“Children between 0 and 5 years old, who are exposed to good training, receive a solid foundation to be able to perform well one day. Research shows that there are currently around seven million 0- to five-year-olds in South Africa. The impact that a well-trained practitioner can have on this segment of society is significant.”

According to Van Deventer, research shows that the first five years of a child’s life are the most important; this is the time when the brain grows the fastest and like a sponge absorbs everything around them.

Experiences during this time shape the architecture of the developing brain and in this way neurological foundations for lifelong learning are formed. For this reason, early childhood education is critical.

“Sol-Tech is committed to training well-trained early childhood development practitioners to ensure that small children can one day reach their full potential to be economically active adults in the future who exert a positive influence on the next generation.

“For the sake of our children’s children, we are right to lay down the building blocks for a good future in this way as well.”

The qualification is at NQF level 4 and will be presented on a mixed model where students study at home through the inverted classroom method and must attend contact sessions in the afternoons on Sol-Tech’s campus.

Workplace integrated learning forms an important component of the qualification and is specifically aimed at school leavers who want to work in a pre-primary school; individuals who already work in a nursery but want to gain a formal qualification, au pairs, nannies, daycare mothers and homeschool mums who work with children between zero and five years old.

The entry-level qualification qualifies students to work with babies, toddlers and toddlers (0 to 5 years).

Sol-Tech is the only institution in South Africa that will offer this qualification in Afrikaans. The qualification lasts approximately 12 months and the well-known educational expert dr. Reda Davin was involved in its development.

Aspects such as nutrition, health, age-specific activities, compassion and affection, social interaction as well as learning opportunities are covered as part of the qualification.

In addition to the theoretical foundation, the qualification also places a strong emphasis on the practical application.

That’s why Sol-Tech stuck to the recipe for success that makes its trade students so sought after, namely that theory, application and workplace experience must go hand in hand.

Students can look forward to six months of theoretical teaching on campus during which applied practical observation takes place simultaneously at a kindergarten. After this, work-integrated learning takes place for three to six months at a nursery school.

Sol-Tech was founded by Solidarity in 2007 to equip students with critical and scarce skills. Eight trade-oriented qualifications are currently offered, namely for electricians, diesel mechanics, millwrights, toolmakers, fitters and turners, mechatronic technicians, transport (auto) electricians and welders.

In 2023, three IT qualifications were added to the program offering, namely data and cloud, IT support and networks and cyber security.