7 Areas of Foundation Phase

The Welsh Government has published the Curriculum for Wales: Foundation Phase Framework, this weekThis document replaces the Framework for Children’s Learning for 3 to 7-year-olds in Wales.

Childcare professionals practising in Wales will need to replace any existing copies of the framework they are using.  The majority of information detailed below, relating to the changes, is for information only, you do not have to make changes to your service, or have an in depth awareness of this, unless your setting is funded for Foundation Phase by the Local Education Authority/Regional Consortium.

To give some background, and to enable childcare practitioners in Wales to understand the changes that have been made here is some additional information:

Areas of Learning

There are 7 areas of learning in the Foundation Phase in Wales; 

  • Personal and Social Development, Well-being and Cultural Diversity
  • Language, Literacy and Communication Skills
  • Mathematical Development
  • Welsh Language Development
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development.

Outcomes

Outcome statements are used within the Framework to set out the expected standards of children’s performance within each area of learning by settings/schools that are funded for Foundation Phase.

Literacy and Numeracy Framework

This framework is designed to help teachers embed literacy and numeracy into all subjects for learners aged 5 to 14 and teachers/setting leaders are also using this framework for 3-5-year-old to support opportunities for all learners to develop and refine the skills laid out in the framework.  

Changes to the Foundation Phase Framework

  1. The Areas of Learning and outcome statements for Language, Literacy and Communication Skills and Mathematical Development have been revised, from their 2008 versions, to incorporate the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF).   The revised outcome statements will be used for teachers for the end of Foundation Phase assessments at the end of Year 2.
  2. Three additional outcome statements have been added for Personal and Social Development, Well-being and Cultural Diversity, and Physical Development.
  3. For the Personal and Social Development, Well-being and Cultural Diversity, and Physical Development areas of learning there are three additional outcome statements
  • Foundation Phase Outcome Bronze
  • Foundation Phase Outcome Silver
  • Foundation Phase Outcome Gold

These have been developed to provide outcomes that can be documented for children who are working below outcome 1, for example children with additional needs.  These can also be used to support the development of skills for younger children.

The revised outcome statements become a legal requirement on 1 September and Welsh Government have published an implementation schedule within the framework for this.

The revised framework is available here;

If you are looking to increase your knowledge of the Foundation Phase PACEY Cymru run webinars on many Foundation Phase related topics – see the full list here.


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.