20 Goodstart services in SA will pilot developmental checks
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20 Goodstart services in SA will pilot developmental checks

by Freya Lucas

August 25, 2022

20 Goodstart Early Learning centres in South Australia will participate in one of two pilot programs which will run in the state over the next 18 months.


The checks, designed for children aged birth to five years of age across South Australia, are a way to identify any developmental concerns, and to refer families on to appropriate services for further support and intervention as needed. 


The pilots will test models for the expansion of child development screening. One is with the Caring Futures Institute (CFI) of Flinders University in collaboration with Goodstart Early Learning and the other is with Playgroup SA


Expanding the delivery of these vital checks is a key step in ensuring a strong foundation for a child’s future learning and supports the Early Learning Strategy goal of increasing the reach to 80 per cent of South Australian children. 


Most children before the age of 12 months receive health and development checks via the health system but the participation in these checks tends to fall away as children get older. 


The pilots are aimed at increasing checks done at the milestone ages of 12 months, 18 months to 2 years, 3 years and 4 years.


The development checks will be delivered at more than 40 playgroups across metropolitan and regional areas and are expected to reach more than 400 children. 


The second pilot will trial a model for health and development checks to about 2,000 children attending 20 selected Goodstart Early Learning centres across the state. 


Both programs will run until December 2023.

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