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Meeting ECD Curricula Standards

TJ & Pals early childhood learning curricula and original interactive educational materials have been extensively researched and prepared by experienced educators and educational media specialists.

The standards below meet and cover the basic, universal, Preschool Curricula Standards set and required by most leading ECD educators.

Working with South African educators and curricula experts, these ECD standards are being localized to meet and align with the National Learning Development Standards (NELDS) and the National Curricula Framework (NCF) for SA - and to align seamlessly with the existing DOE curriculum for Grade R (CAPS) - which is one age level above ECD.



Numbers 1-10

Counting & Cardinality

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Measurement and Data



Sequencing & Temporal Awareness

Children will use mathematical knowledge to represent, communicate and solve

problems in their environment

Telling time


TJ & Pals is considering adding the option of Grade R mathematics ( and other )

curriculum into its program. The Grade R mathematics curriculum has 5 focus areas:

Numbers, operations and relationships

Patterns, functions and algebra

Space and shape (geometry)

Data handling



Reading: Phonological Awareness

Reading: Comprehension



Writing skills

Speaking and Listening


NOTE: The ECD areas below also fall under the Life Skills S.A. Curriculum for Grade R


Inquiry skills (problem-solving and decision-making)

Exploration of cause and effect

Awareness of the environment and human responsibility for its care

Recognizing patterns

Logic and reasoning

Sorting and classifying

Memory skills



Physical science (forces and motion)

Life Science (Animals, Plants, Human biology)


Social and Emotional Development



Self-determination skills such as decision making and problem solving (that revolve

around the student's independence)

Identifying and expressing feelings

Positive interactions with other children and adults

Exhibiting pro-social behaviors

Attention and focusing skills

Participation in group routines

Moral values (a special focus throughout the TJ & Pals program)

Awareness of heritage and culture

Social, Family and Communication Skills

Personal identity and respect for individual differences

Family, family roles and family traditions

Membership in the classroom community

Neighborhood and community

Cultures within the classroom and the community

Know that others may use different languages (including sign) to communicate and

develop a respect for other cultures

Communication skills

Social responsibility

Life skills

Physical Development

Hand-eye coordination

Left hand - right hand "crossing the line "


Fine motor coordination (writing, drawing, cutting, painting, clay, blocks, beads, zipping,

buttoning, tying laces)

Gross motor skills (hopping, skipping, running, jumping, climbing)

Health, Exercise and Safety

Making nutritious food choices

Self-help and personal hygiene skills

Awareness of potential health hazards

Importance of exercise

Street safety

Social safety (don't go with strangers etc)

Creative Development

Appreciation for music

Appreciation for dance and movement

Dramatic play and storytelling

Creative Arts ( e.g . visual arts - painting, sculpting and drawing)

Creating with technology

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