Early Childhood Development (emphasis on Grade R)


The centrality of Early Childhood Development in human resource development of SA, is articulated succinctly in the National Development Plan: Vision for 2030 (2011)” when it declares: “Delays in cognitive and overall development before schooling can often have long lasting and costly consequences for children, families and society. The most effective and cost-efficient time to intervene is before birth and the early years of life. Investment in Early Childhood Development (ECD) should be a key priority.”


The Northern Cape province continues to register major strides in ensuring access to Grade R. Access to Grade R in public ordinary schools has been expanded from 11 406 in 2009 to 18 627 in 2015. Illustratively, in 2014, there were 18 056 learners. This translates into an increase of 571 more Grade R leaners in one year only.


Currently we have 20 026 learners in both Private and Public schools who have access to Grade R, and 1 980 learners in 50 funded Community-Based sites


This programme impacts positively on improved learning outcomes and positive results have been registered in the foundation phase already. The significance of having properly qualified and competent Grade R teachers cannot be over emphasised. In 2017, we indicated that 150 Grade R Practitioners are Studying towards NQF Level 6 Diploma in Grade R Teaching at the University of North West. This year (2018), 9 Grade R practitioners graduated in April, 81 will graduate in September and 41 are expected to complete their studies in April 2019.


In addition, 42 Subsidised Community-Based Sites were allocated Outdoor Playing Equipment.


In 2018, 400 Caregivers will receive training and will be provided with ongoing support on the National Curriculum Framework. Stimulation Packs and Learning and Support Material will be provided to 100 ECD Centres.


Through our collaboration with ETDP SETA, CUSTODA Trust, and TVET Colleges, 100 caregivers will complete their ECD NQF Level 4 and 5 training by end of 2018.


50 New Grade R practitioners from the Pixley Ka Seme and Frances Baard Districts will be funded by Globeleq Solar Company to study a Diploma in Grade R Teaching (NQF Level 6). A total of 690 Grade R practitioners in Public Ordinary schools and 65 in subsidised Community Centres will be supported in Curriculum delivery.


A total of 352 Grade R Practitioners in 4 districts (Frances Baard, Pixley Ka Seme, John Toalo Gaetsewe and ZF Mgcawu) will be trained on Basic Concepts in Mathematics.  We piloted this programme in the Namakwa District over a period of 3 years, and will roll out to the other Districts during this financial year.


ECD Programme


ECD Districts Contact Details


ECD: What a Grade R Learners Should Know

ECD: Pre Grade R Purpose


ECD Roll out Plan 2015

ECD Roll out Plan 2016

ECD Roll out Plan 2017

ECD Roll out Plan 2018


Model Grade R Classes

Grade R 2014 Final Allocations Per School 001

Grade R 2014 Final Allocations Per School 002 

ECD Roll out Plan 2014

ECD Roll out Plan