School Readiness Assessments

A child’s readiness for school is multidimensional, which involves physical, social, emotional, language, fine-motor and cognitive skills. School readiness assessments determine how prepared a child is to succeed in school, cognitively, socially and emotionally. The demands placed on the grade 1 child are high. A child who enters the grade 1 classroom without the necessary skills is likely to develop problems emotionally, behaviourally or academically.

A school readiness assessment evaluates the following developmental areas, which are essential for success in big school;
Physical and Motor development
(climbing, walking, running, skipping, catching a ball etc)

Fine-motor coordination (being able to use a pair of scissors, pencil grip, colouring, sitting up straight in seat, hand-dominance, writing)

Emotional and social development (positive sense of personal well being, self-confidence, anxiety management, conflict resolution, social maturity, capacity to show empathy for others, regulate emotions, independence, can separate with little difficulty)

Cognitive development (problem solving, paying attention, understanding instructions, comprehension, working memory, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, creativity)

Language and Speech development (Communication, listening, speaking, vocabulary, language proficiency)

Auditory Processing (listening skills, auditory analysis, auditory synthesis and auditory discrimination are the building blocks for literacy development)

Self-care (washing hands, toilet trained, eating independently, dressing self)

Scholastic readiness (pre literacy skills, recognizing letters, understanding letter and sound relationships, identifying numbers, basic counting, writing and recognising own name, writing and identifying some letters)