School Readiness Assessment

Are you thinking of enrolling your child into Primary School next year? Starting school is a big step for little children. You might have heard the term ‘school readiness’ – but what does that really mean? Find out all about school readiness and how you can help your child prepare for big school!

What is ‘School Readiness’?

‘School readiness’ is a measure of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that enable children to participate and succeed in school. Parents sometimes think that school readiness means being able to read, write and do basic maths before starting school. But this isn’t the case! School readiness is about the development of the whole child – their social and emotional skills, physical skills, communication skills and cognitive skills. Children cannot thrive at school if they haven’t developed the skills to manage things like getting along with other children, following instructions, and communicating their needs.

Research shows that children who start school when developmentally ready to learn tend to do better in school – and it sets them up for further success later in life.

Who should have a school readiness assessment?

  • Worried your child isn’t developmentally &/or cognitively keeping up with their peers?
  • Worried your child may not be emotionally ready for school?
  • Does your child have language delays?
  • Does your child have fine motor skill problems?
  • Does your child have difficulties concentrating and paying attention?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions a school readiness assessment may be appropriate for your child.

A school readiness assessment can be conducted to clarify any specific areas of strengths and weaknesses of your child. The assessment will describe skills that your child may need to develop, and we will also give you recommendations for how problem areas can be addressed. We work together with you to put together a program to help accelerate your child’s cognitive development so that starting school doesn’t have to be a struggle.

A three hour consultation is all it takes to help you make the right decision. Not only will you know if your child is school ready, but we will be able to give you the confidence on how you can support your child’s learning, drawing on the things that they are good at, so the experience becomes positive for all, especially for your child.