Why is Grade-R important?


Millions of children around the world are not enrolled for pre-primary education according to the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Global Report on pre-primary education

The report, released earlier this year, paints a bleak picture for early childhood development, especially in low-income countries. 

Only 1 in 5 children are enrolled in pre-primary education in low-income countries.

The UNICEF report looked at how attending pre-primary school had a positive impact on children.

Why Parents should consider Grade-R

Head of the Learning Model at SPARK Schools Dhereshni Moodley says early childhood development, such as Grade-R is important to lay a good foundation for a child. 

“I would really recommend that parents consider Grade-R, as a preparatory step towards formal education. Children thrive in a conducive learning environment that is nurturing and supportive. They learn social skills, problem-solving and start to understand routines and procedures,” says Moodley. 

She adds that making the choice of where a child goes to Grade-R is a very emotional decision for parents.

She recommends the following:

  • Parents should look for a school that has tools and resources that support social-emotional development.
  • Find a school that has the tools and resources for fine and gross motor skills development as well as academic progress.

If children do not get a solid foundation in early childhood it limits their chances to succeed. 


I would really recommend that parents consider Grade-R, as a preparatory step towards formal education.

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore says pre-primary education is key to building a great foundation for children. 

“Pre-primary schooling is our children’s educational foundation – every stage of education that follows relies on its success. 

Yet, too many children around the world are denied this opportunity.

According to the report, children who attend pre-primary education are less likely to repeat grades or drop out of school.

Enrolling a child for Grade-R is not only vital for laying a good foundation, but it also sets the tone for the rest of their schooling life.

To learn more about SPARK Schools and how to enrol your child click here. 

Additional source: Unicef

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