Is my child ready for school?

School readiness is a process, not an event. The process leading to school readiness starts at birth and goes hand in hand with the normal stages of development of the child. A child who is provided with sufficient opportunity for healthy development should, by the time he reaches compulsory school age, also be school ready.

There are various factors, however, that may inhibit the process of achieving school readiness.

Some children may not be ready at the expected time, despite adequate opportunity to develop normally. Children who (for instance):

  • cannot see or hear well

  • are over-active

  • are sick

  • whose natural perceptual development has for some reason been inhibited

These children require professional or other aid to further the normal process of preparation for the school. It is mainly for this reason that school readiness tests have been devised.