Early Childhood Development Programme (ECD): Grade R


NQF Level: N/A

2. Description
Grade R is the prerequisite year of the foundation phase from the outcomes-based education curriculum at primary schools. It is meant for children of 4½ – 5½ years old. For consideration for admission to Grade R and Grade 1, the child should turn 6 by 31 December of his/her Grade R year, and 7 by 31 December of his/her Grade 1 year.

3. Steps to follow to get Grade R admission in our school

  • Apply before the cut-off date. This date will be determined by the SMT.
  • Submit a birth certificate and immunization card, transfer card and last school report for learners who have been to school previously.
  • If the child is not a South African citizen, also submit a study permit and parent or a guardian’s temporary or permanent residence permit from the Department of Home Affairs.
  • No prospective learner will be refused admission on the grounds of race, gender, culture or religious belief.
  • The child should be proficient in English, which is the language of instruction of the school.
  • The maximum number of learners is 25 per class in Grade R.

4. Academic and co-curriculum programme
Our Grade R is a stimulating and happy place to grow and learn. The classes are small and the educators are committed to the development of the whole child – physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially. Every area of our Grade R is designed to accommodate play and learning. Our environment is informal, but our activities are intentional and well-planned in order to prepare the children for Grade One. The Grade R follows the traditional programme and the teachers follow the official curriculum, where learning focuses on:

  1. i) Literacy (English & Afrikaans); ii) Numeracy and; iii) Life Skills.

We aim to balance teacher-directed activities with play time, so that the children have the opportunity of making friends and learning the necessary life skills for coping with the demands of Foundation Phase. Our children leave Grade R ready for the challenges of ‘big’ school. They learn skills such as task completion, self-motivation and independence