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School Readiness

Support your child prior to commencing school or during school transitions to develop the skills they need to be confident and independent at school.

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Support to help your child participate and succeed in school

It is common to worry about whether your child is ready for school. You may be concerned that your child is unable to recognise letters or numbers or hold a pencil well. However, there are other skills considered important for school readiness that are not necessarily related to academic performance.

School readiness is a measure of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that enable children to participate and succeed in school. It looks at the development of the child as a whole – their social and emotional skills, physical skills, communication skills and cognitive skills.

For a child to be ready to learn, they need to be emotionally regulated where they are calm and relaxed. We consider skills such as the child being able to go to the toilet by themselves, opening and closing their lunchbox lids, asking for help, waiting, taking turns, sitting on a mat, playing and interacting with others.

Having these skills is really a great basis upon which a child can thrive in their new environment.

To learn more about school readiness or to book an appointment contact your nearest Early Start Australia clinic.


How school readiness programs work

Our therapists can work with you to help your child develop the confidence and independence they may need prior to commencing school or during schooling transitions.

We will assess your child and create individual programs based on their specific needs that can focus on developing:

  • social interaction
  • language
  • play
  • emotional development
  • physical skills, gross and fine motor
  • routines

Upcoming school readiness programs

We offer a variety of school readiness programs including:

Program delivery varies between clinics so check with your local clinic about their programs.

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We have clinics in every state and territory providing assessments, early childhood intervention therapies, and support to help you thrive.

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The ESA difference

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Our dedicated teams of Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists and Physiotherapists work with our clients to help them meet their growth and development goals.

We focus on supporting clients (and their families) to develop language, motor, cognitive, social and emotional skills, and provide therapy supports for children with developmental delay or disability, including autism spectrum disorder.

Why choose Early Start Australia

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Multi-disciplinary team

Our multi-disciplinary teams work together with you to understand your needs and develop a plan using evidence-based strategies to help you achieve your goals and aspirations.

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Australian wide network of centres

We have clinics in every state and territory creating a strong community of allied health professionals with the collective knowledge and expertise to deliver you the best outcomes.

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Registered NDIS provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and are here to help you on your NDIS journey.

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Early intervention for all ages

Early intervention is not just for the kids. We offer therapies to cater for all ages, needs and abilities,
and we know the sooner you start your therapy journey the better.

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