Early development instrument

We know that children are born ready to learn it means that their neurosystem is pre-programmed to develop various skills and neuropathways, depending on the experience it receives.

The Early Development Instrument measures children's readiness to learn at school (or school readiness to learn). This term refers to the child's ability to meet the task demands of school, such as being cooperative and sitting quietly and listening to the teacher, and to benefit from the educational activities that are provided by the school.

There are five domains of readiness to learn as shown. There are many things that parents, family and community members can do to support children’s readiness to learn – it is a responsibility we all share as in the old African proverb ‘It take a village to raise a child’

The Early Development instrument was used in East Lothian to obtain a baseline of how ready children are to learn by P1. The results from that survey are available for each school cluster. We hope that the data will help services and communities to work together to build on strengths and address weaknesses.

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