Early Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (ABLES)

Early ABLES is a new online assessment tool to help educators create and provide a more tailored learning experience for children aged two to five years with disabilities or developmental delay.

The first years of life are crucial to lifelong learning, wellbeing and success – we are making Victoria the Education State by strengthening early childhood services for children and families.

Professional learning accreditation

The Early ABLES online professional learning contributes up to five hours to the Victorian Institute of Teaching's annual professional learning requirements of 20 hours.

The benefits of the tool

Early ABLES will help Victoria succeed under the five areas of reform identified for early childhood in the Education State Early Childhood Consultation Paper, particularly the areas of more support for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families, and better connections between services.

The tool will help educators to:

  • assess the child's progress in learning
  • develop appropriate learning goals in collaboration with families and other professionals involved in the education and care of the child
  • develop and further refine  personalised learning plans with proven teaching and learning strategies
  • monitor progress along a likely progression of learning
  • better support the development of the individual child's learning program through using the Early Years Planning Cycle
  • improve transition processes through consistent information sharing across services and schools.

It can also be used to support the transition to school for children with disabilities or developmental delays.

How to get started

  1. Complete the Early ABLES professional learning
    Enrolment key: Early_ABLES33.

  2. View the video demonstration

  3. Use the Early ABLES assessment tool

Read video transcript (docx - 38.72kb)

The Victorian Department of Education and Training is the development sponsor and owner of all rights in the ABLES Tools. The ABLES Tools were derived from the Students with Additional Needs (SWANs) assessment and reporting materials which are owned by the University of Melbourne. The SWANs materials were developed with the support of the Australian Research Council as part of a Linkage partnership with the Centre for Advanced Assessment and Therapy Services and the University's foundation research partner, the Victorian Department of Education and Training.