National Curriculum Framework and the Early Learning and Development Areas ELDA

The National Qualifications Framework sets out the Critical Outcomes which are designed for all educational programs in South Africa. The NCF reflects these. They are that young children should learn to 

  • identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking; 
  • Work effectively as individuals and with others as members of a team; 
  • Organize and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively; 
  • Collect, analyze, organize and critically evaluate information; 
  • Communicate effectively using visual, symbolic and/or language skills in various modes; 
  • Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others; 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation 

Each of these Critical Outcomes is integrated into each of the six Early Learning and Development Areas.

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