What is Early Start?
The early years of schooling (Prep to Year 2) are a significant time for your child as they develop the foundational literacy and numeracy skills for success in future learning and later life. Due to the rate of learning and development that occurs within these years, schools continually monitor your child's literacy and numeracy progress to meet their individual needs.
Schools use Early Start to track progress and measure growth in literacy and numeracy for your child. Teachers administer Early Start with students at four points in time – On-entry to Prep, End of Prep, End of Year 1 and End of Year 2.
How will Early Start benefit my child?
Teachers administer the Early Start activities one-to-one with students then enter the responses into OneSchool, the school data management system. This provides teachers with information to assist with curriculum planning for their students' learning needs.
By administering Early Start, your child's teacher gets a clear picture of what your child knows and understands. They use this information to make decisions about teaching and learning, and to monitor progress over time so that your child's needs are met.