N4 Educare: National Certificate

This is the start of your road to a career where you can help children be the best little human beings they can be. The N4 Educare Certificate is the first course in our Educare Programme. It is one of three courses that when combined with 18 months of practical experience will give you a fully accredited National Diploma. Learn about subjects such as Educare Didactics (the skill of teaching) and Child Health (taking care of children when they are sick).

Course Information:


National Certificate: N4 Educare

Accredited by:

The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)


There are three open book assignments that can be completed at home, as well as a final exam set by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

Exam opportunities:
There are two exam opportunities.
May/June and October/November

Registration Period:
February – May/June exam
August – October/November exam

NOTE:  The DHET exam is an external exam and external fees are not included in your course fees. This means that you will have to pay an additional exam fee to write this exam. 

Award type:

National N Certificate

Award issued by:

The DHET and the QCTO



NQF level:

The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 04 

Length of course:

12 Months

Entrance requirement:

Matric Certificate


  • Educare Didactics N4(Suitable workplace experience will take place)
  • Child Health N4
  • Education N4
  • Day Care Personnel Development N4


The reward you get after all your time and energy spent on passing your studies? The National Certificate: N4 Educare. This certificate is awarded to you by the DHET.

Career Paths in Educare

  • Daycare Centre Administration
  • Babysitting
  • Au Pairing
  • Teaching
  • Daycare Management

Gaining Your Practical Work Experience

We bet you didn’t know about the great free placement service offered by the DHET. What it does is that it takes your information as a graduate and links it to employers who offer Work Integrated Learning (WIL).

How do I get Started?

Here are the ways in which you can get in touch with us and start studying.

  1. Fill in the form on this page and we will get back to you shortly.
  2. Call us toll-free: 0800 39 00 27
  3. Text us on Whatsapp: 082 318 8892
Last updated: November 15, 2018
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