Foundations of Teaching Grade R

Online Short Course

R10 753.00

Course Fees
10 weeks


There are many practitioners and early childhood development (ECD) teachers who want to start, or have already started, their own day-care centres without following the correct procedures and implementing regulatory policies. This course provides a guide to the registration, implementation and management processes that must be followed when registering a day-care centre and running a Grade R class.


The modules of this course have been designed with the specific aim of helping you gain an understanding of the principles and regulatory compliances required to start your own day-care centre. You will be introduced to the key policies and processes that must be adhered to when registering a day-care centre. Key stakeholders and competencies will also be explored, in order to improve your management skills in the early childhood development (ECD) arena, including curriculum design, resource management and parental involvement. With this foundational knowledge, you should be better equipped to initiate the process of registering your day-care centre.

Subject Expert

Susan Greyling graduated from UNISA with her Master’s degree in Educational Management and is currently busy with her doctorate in Educational Management.

Susan is an Early Childhood Education lecturer in the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). She is the Programme Leader for the Diploma in Grade R Teaching, and coordinates the design and delivery of the work integrated learning modules for distance learning.

She has accumulated years of experience within the training and development field of Early Childhood Development (ECD) and is primarily focused within academia and adult facilitation. Her research interests include early childhood education as well as educational management.

Tutor Support

Each course is assigned its own Online Academic Tutor, who is ready and waiting to guide and assist their learners throughout their learning experience.

The Online Academic Tutor, who is assigned to your course, is trained to build each student up to reach their fullest potential. Students can expect their Online Academic Tutor to answer questions, offer advice and provide further clarification on any academic aspects.

Course and Technical Requirements

To successfully access and complete this course, you will be required to have a registered email account, access to a computer/laptop/tablet and stable internet connection. You will be required to be familiar with using a computer as you may need to be able to read and download documents in Adobe PDF Reader, view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, and read and create documents in Microsoft Word.

Our online short learning programmes may require additional software applications. These additional software application requirements will be communicated to you in this information pack and/or on the website course page. Damelin Online does not provide any additional software applications required for online short learning programmes.

Please note: Google, YouTube and Vimeo may be used in our online course delivery. If any of these services are blocked in your jurisdiction, you may have difficulty in accessing our course content.

How You Will Learn

Our online short learning programmes are broken into self-paced manageable modules, designed to assist you throughout your learning process through diverse learning activities:

  • Learn through all your interactive course notes
  • Review case studies and supplementary resources
  • Apply and evaluate what you have learned in each module with the self-grading quizzes and assignment submissions
  • View a range of course video lectures presented by our Subject Matter Experts
  • Network, collaborate and interact with your fellow participants and Online Course Facilitator via the discussion forum and Zoom webinars


Upon successful completion of this online short learning programme, you will receive the recognition of your knowledge and skills with a Damelin Certificate of Competence. Your certificate of competence will be issued in your registered name and will be couriered at no additional cost.

You will be required to complete a series of assessments that will be facilitated through our virtual learning environment. Your course handbook will be made available to you once you have commenced with your short learning programme.


  • MODULE 0
    Orientation Module
  • MODULE 1
    Opening up your own Day Care Centre – The way forward
  • MODULE 2
    Management of a Day Care Centre
  • MODULE 3
    Early Childhood Development (ECD) / Grade R Policy
  • MODULE 4
    Manage a Grade R class
  • MODULE 5
    Grade R curriculum
  • MODULE 6
    Admission to a Day Care Centre
  • MODULE 7
    Parental involvement
  • MODULE 8
  • MODULE 9

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