Early Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (ABLES)
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.
Early ABLES is a new online assessment for learning 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 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.
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.
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Note - Enrolment key: If you are registering for the first time, you will require an enrolment
key. Please use: Early_ABLES33.
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.