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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Facilitate a Literacy Learning Programme in the Reception Year 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244257  Facilitate a Literacy Learning Programme in the Reception Year 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Early Childhood Development 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 05 - Education, Training and Development Early Childhood Development 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
7409  Facilitating a Literacy Learning Programme in the Reception Year  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is for those who facilitate Literacy Learning Programmes in the Reception Year (Grade-R).

People credited with this Unit Standard are capable of:
  • Describing how literacy is developed, facilitated and assessed.
  • Planning a Literacy Learning Programme.
  • Preparing literacy learning activities and materials.
  • Implementing the planned Literacy Learning Programme.
  • Assessing children's progress in the Literacy Learning Programme.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of the Literacy Learning Programme. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • The ability to read, write and use written resource material for learning and teaching in at least two South African languages.
  • An understanding of the holistic development of children from birth to nine years and how young children learn uniquely through play and a variety of activities.
  • A basic understanding of the foundation phase of the national school curriculum. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This Unit Standard is designed primarily for educators working with children aged 4 - 6 years in the Reception Year (Grade R). Practitioners are required to demonstrate applied competence in a Grade R programme in one of the following developmental phases and settings:
  • Community-based group setting.
  • Foundation phase group setting.

    Learners are expected to use a wide range of activities and resources that promote emergent literacy such as:
  • Story telling, compiling own story books, shared writing, listening comprehensions, labelling, rhymes, rhythms, word play, emergent reading, pictures, displays, formal and informal discussions, weather charts, birthday chart, helper charts, number and letter posters, phonological awareness, games, activity centres, dramatised role plays, drawing, labelling, etc.

    Although the emergent literacy approach is not intended to be privileged through this Unit Standard, it is expected that learners will be able to work with each child according to their own levels of development and within different socio-cultural contexts. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe how literacy is developed, facilitated and assessed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Descriptions are provided of the different kinds of literacies and how these can be developed in young children through an integrated learning programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ways in which literacy is developed are described in terms of relevant child development theories and research and the implications for practice in a Literacy Learning Programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Descriptions are provided of the principles and processes of literacy acquisition and the importance of understanding and supporting home and additional language use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The requirements of the national curriculum in the foundation phase are identified with particular regard to the Reception Year. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Descriptions are provided of the principles of integrating and sequencing learning programmes and activities, with particular reference to the importance of offering a rich programme designed to empower all learners, including learners with special needs and barriers to learning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Methods and tools for assessing young children's literacy are described with particular reference to the implications for practice in a Literacy Learning Programme. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan a Literacy Learning Programme. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Plan includes daily, weekly and longer term plans. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A Literacy Learning Programme is planned to achieve the learning outcomes of the relevant learning areas for Grade R in an integrated manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Plans identify learning activities and experiences that are developmentally appropriate, promote integration, are child-centred and relate to children's life world interests and experiences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Plans take into account lessons learnt from previous experiences of facilitating literacy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The Literacy Learning Programme uses a culture-fair and anti-bias approach. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The planned learning activities and experiences are appropriate for groups and the needs of individual children. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prepare literacy learning activities and materials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Learning experiences are prepared to enable children to listen, read and view, write, communicate, think and reason effectively according to the national curriculum statement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Learning activities and materials support the emergent reading and writing approach and are in line with the principles of early literacy development. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Activities are set up to help children develop early literacy skills in a print-rich and multi-lingual learning environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Activities include but are not limited to stories, songs, rhymes, labels, interaction between adults and children, learning centres.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Learning activities and materials are prepared to encourage children to understand the structure and use of language. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Children's books and other print materials, story-telling and other activities provided are culture-fair and promote an anti-bias approach. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Implement planned Literacy Learning Programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A Literacy Learning Programme is implemented using a range of appropriate techniques and strategies to facilitate active and integrated learning. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Techniques include but are not limited to visual, auditory, tactile, figure-ground, kinesthetic perception, body awareness.
  • Strategies include code-switching.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The learning activities and experiences are organised so that children are able to work individually, in pairs, and in small and large groups. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Opportunities for thinking and problem-solving are apparent in the early literacy activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Children are invited to plan, select their own materials and carry out and reflect on projects to their own satisfaction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A range of facilitation skills are used appropriately to support and extend children's learning, including helping children to reflect on learning experiences and achievements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Assess children's progress in the Literacy Learning Programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Each child's progress in the Literacy Learning Programme is assessed on a continuous basis and as an integral part of the learning-teaching process, thus informing practice and planning to assist individual children. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Assessment tools and procedures used for recording observations and assessments provide comprehensive evidence of children's literacy, without interfering unduly with the teaching and learning process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Assessment records are kept up to date and are useful for giving feedback on the progress of individual children and for planning individualised learning experiences for children as needed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Evaluate the effectiveness of the Literacy Learning Programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The effectiveness of the Literacy Programme is evaluated systematically and critically on a continuous basis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The evaluation identifies strengths and weaknesses in the planning and facilitation of literacy development. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The evaluation helps to identify ways in which facilitation techniques and strategies can be modified to build on strengths and deal with weaknesses in the planning and facilitation of literacy. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • This Unit Standard will be assessed by an assessor and moderated by a moderator, registered with the relevant accredited ETQA responsible for the quality assurance of this Unit Standard.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider through the appropriate quality assuring ETQA, or Learning Programme approval with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the quality assuring ETQA.
  • Verification (external moderation) of assessment and moderation by the provider, will be conducted by the relevant quality assuring ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant Qualification and the agreed ETQA policy and procedures.
  • An individual wishing to be assessed through RPL against this Unit Standard, may apply to an assessment agency or provider institution accredited by the relevant quality assuring ETQA, or by an ETQA that has a formal agreement/accreditation with the relevant quality assuring ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners can understand, analyse and explain the following:
  • Relevant child development theories and research and the implications for practice in a Literacy Learning Programme.
  • The principles and processes of literacy acquisition and the importance of supporting home language use.
  • The different kinds of literacies and how these can be developed in young children through an integrated learning programme.
  • The requirements of the national curriculum in the foundation phase, especially with regard to the reception year.
  • Principles of integrating and sequencing learning programmes and activities.
  • The importance of offering a rich programme designed to empower all learners.
  • Assessment methods and tools for assessing young children's emergent literacy.

    Learners demonstrate the following attitudes and values:
  • Respect for cultural, religious and language diversity.
  • Recognition of the importance of emergent literacy in the preschool phase and the Reception Year.
  • Sensitivity to the views of parents and family members. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Reflect on and explore a variety of strategies to learn more effectively through the study of theories of literacy acquisition.
  • Participate as responsible citizens in the life of local communities through discussions with children, parents and family members about the importance of the development of literacy skills for lifelong learning.
  • Be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts through the selection of print materials for children. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems with regard to young children's acquisition of Literacy skills showing that responsible decisions have been made with regard to supporting the home languages of the children and their cultures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with co-workers (where applicable) and with children. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's teaching activities effectively in order to implement a planned literacy learning programme successfully in an integrated and holistic approach. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information relating to the children's development as emergent readers and writers, and to programme implementation through observation and self-reflection. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with children verbally and through visual and print materials, and keep written records and reports. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Show responsibility towards the environment and health of others through the selection of appropriate print materials. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Appreciate that the world is a set of related systems by planning an integrated literacy learning programme. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This Unit Standard replaces unit standard 7409, "Facilitating a Literacy Learning Programme in the Reception Year", Level 5, 12 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58761   Further Education and Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Elective  64649   Higher Certificate: Early Childhood Development  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  64650   National Diploma: Early Childhood Development  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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