Early Years Assessment of Potential

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The Early Years Assessment of Potential is undertaken by children aged 3 to 4 years old, to enable parents to understand the abilities of their children and how to support them. The assessment consists of recognised tests of language understanding, hand-eye coordination and sensory processing (these being standardised, table-based tests), as well as more informal play sessions. Potential Plus UK also collect background information from their parents and any childcare settings (optional) to help create a rounded picture of a child’s abilities.

Parents receive verbal feedback on the day of the assessment, as well as a detailed report within 3 weeks. Recommendations in the report will include strategies for supporting the child’s abilities, parenting and developing any weaker areas, as well as education interventions where appropriate.

What is the Early Years Assessment of Potential?

The Early Years Assessment of Potential is a service provided by Potential Plus UK that assesses language understanding, reading, mathematical understanding, hand-eye coordination and sensory processing in young children. The results of these tests are viewed in a holistic way, taking into account scores in standardised tests as well as play-based observations of the child and background information from the parents and any childcare setting (with parents’ permission).

The assessment takes place at Potential Plus UK’s central office in Milton Keynes.

Who is the Early Years Assessment of Potential For?

The Early Years Assessment of Potential is aimed at children aged 3 to 4 years who have not started compulsory education. Its aim is to give parents an understanding of their child’s abilities in relation to other children of the same age.

Parents typically use the service when they feel they need help for understanding and supporting their child’s advanced abilities. Where the assessment is needed to provide advice to support a child’s start in formal education, then the High Learning Potential Assessment is more appropriate. Feel free to contact us to discuss your needs.

How Much Does the Early Years Assessment of Potential Cost?

  • Family Plus Members: £495 including VAT
  • Family Essential, Associate Family Members or Non-members: £625 including VAT (pro rata upgrades from Family Essential to Family Plus memberships are available. Associate members and non-members are recommended to consider taking out Family Plus Membership)
  • Eligible Family Plus members who would struggle to meet the cost of an assessment can apply to the Scholarship Fund for assistance.

How Would a Child Benefit from Participating in the Early Years Assessment of Potential?

Participating in the Early Years Assessment of Potential is enjoyable for most children. On arrival, the child and parents meet the assessor together. When the child is comfortable, parents move into the adjoining room and the assessor intersperses playing with the child and the formal activities in the test. The child can see their parents at any time and breaks are provided, including a lunch break, to enable the child to perform their best. Children are allowed to have their favourite toy, a drink and snacks brought from home during the assessment.

What Do Parents Receive at the End of the Early Years Assessment of Potential?

At the end of the assessment, parents are given initial feedback and advice. A full report detailing all the results and recommendations is received within 3 weeks of the assessment date. A follow-up telephone consultation is then booked in for parents to ask any questions of the assessor. Afterwards, further support can be received by the Information and Advice Service, free for members.

How to Book the Early Years Assessment of Potential

If you would like to book Early Years Assessment of Potential, please telephone Potential Plus UK on 01908 646433

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