School Readiness Assessment

Starting school is a big step

In Victoria, your child must turn five by the 30th of April in the year they start school.

Research suggests that most children should not start school early, even if they are smarter than average. This is because they may not be ready to cope with the social and emotional demands of school.

But if your child is smart AND mature enough to start school early, should you really hold them back?

Furthermore, current Australian research suggests that after your child begins school they should not repeat a year (McGrath, 2006).

All of this makes the decision to begin school a very important one to get right!

Here are three reasons to consider a school readiness assessment:

  1. Discover your child’s learning potential
  2. Get expert advice on their readiness for school
  3. Make an informed decision about starting school

What Does a School Readiness Assessment Involve?

You will receive:

  1. An initial review of your child’s cognitive, social, family and emotional history
  2. Standardised cognitive (intelligence) test
  3. Standardised Developmental Assessment
  4. School Readiness Checklist
  5. Detailed assessment report
  6. Tailored learning recommendations for school and home
  7. A comprehensive feedback session to answer all your questions
  8. A letter to the Department of Education to support early school entry – if your child is eligible

School readiness assessment takes into account your child’s:

  • cognitive development
  • play skills and emotional development
  • social development
  • language and communication skills
  • self-care skills
  • gross and fine motor skills

How Many Appointments Are Required?

There are four sessions required in total:

  1. Initial consultation for parents (30 mins)
  2. Assessment session #1 for your child (76-90 mins)
  3. Assessment session #2 for your child (76-90 mins)
  4. Feedback session for parents (50 mins)

What Are the Fees?

The total fees will be approximately $1,978 (before any health fund rebates) which includes the initial consultation, two assessment consultations, a comprehensive psychological report, a feedback consultation, detailed recommendations for home and school, an action plan for your child and liaison with school or health professionals where appropriate. You can instantly claim a private health rebate at each session. (Rebate amounts vary widely depending on the health fund and your level of cover but can be up to a few hundred dollars or so in total.)

What’s the Next Step?

The first step is to meet with one of our experienced child psychologists to discuss your needs and review your child’s background history.

We will recommend the most useful and helpful assessments for your child’s particular needs, explain the process in detail and answer all your questions.

This also gives you the opportunity to meet the psychologist who will be working with your child, visit our lovely office, and generally ensure you are comfortable with the entire process.

The initial consultation is for parents only so we can discuss all the issues openly and in full.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and make an informed decision before you commit to receiving any further services.

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Why have 1,429* parents chosen us?

(*As of Feb 7th, 2017.)

  • Private and confidential: We are a 100% private service so you will receive 100% independent and confidential advice.
  • Child and adolescent specialists: We only work with school age children, teenagers and parents.
  • Education and school experts: We will help you navigate the school system to get the best possible results for your child.
  • No contractors: We only employ permanent staff psychologists with a master degree or higher and extensive experience.
  • Fast appointments: We don't keep a waiting list and see most new clients within 7 days.
  • Convenient location: We are in Port Melbourne with easy access from many parts of Melbourne and unrestricted street parking.
  • Trusted methods: We use approaches that are strongly supported by research evidence or clinical experience.
  • Lovely beachside office: You will love our quiet, modern and attractive office, with its beach and ocean-themed rooms.