Our Kindergarten teachers have always observed their new students and used different methods to find out what each child knows and can do so that they can plan and teach what their students need to learn next.
Our school takes part in Best Start developed by early learning experts in the Department of Education and Training. Best Start gives our teachers, and those teaching Kindergarten across New South Wales, a common set of high quality assessment tools and professional training.
It is very important to emphasise that the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment is not a test. Its purpose is to help the teacher gather information to guide the teaching of your child.
The teacher will observe each child and use tasks, such as talking about a book that has been read, and record what their students know and can do. The teaching of your child will be based on the information gathered in these ways.
Your chid's teacher will look at each child's early reading and writing, their ability to communicate with others, and how they recognise and work with numbers, groups and patterns.
You will be given feedback about what your child's teacher has learned about your child, which you are welcome to discuss if you wish.