Early Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (Early ABLES)

Early ABLES is a strengths and observation-based online assessment for learning tool. It supports early childhood educators to provide a more individualised learning experience for children aged two to five years with disabilities and/or developmental delay.

The Early ABLES suite has been expanded to include three new assessments for use from 2021, which will support educators to:

  • observe and assess a child’s progress in learning
  • develop appropriate learning goals in collaboration with parents/carers and other professionals
  • develop an individualised learning plan with evidence-informed teaching and learning strategies
  • monitor progress along a likely progression of learning
  • support the development of an individual child’s learning program using the Early Years Planning Cycle
  • improve transition from early childhood to school through information sharing.

Links to the VEYDLF

There are now eight Early ABLES assessments that align with the five Learning and Development Outcomes of the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (pdf - 1.15mb)(VEYLDF).

The eight Early ABLES assessments are:

  • Identity and Community – Social
  • Wellbeing – Emotion
  • Learning Dispositions
  • Communication – Interactions
  • Communication – Symbols and Text
  • Learning and Communication – Numeracy
  • Wellbeing – Movement
  • Identity and Learning – Thinking Skills

For more information about Early ABLES contact earlyables@education.vic.gov.au

Access to Early ABLES

To access Early ABLES visit Early ABLES.

Professional learning

Free online professional learning is available for early childhood educators using Early ABLES with children in their early childhood service.

It contributes up to five hours to the Victorian Institute of Teaching’s annual professional learning requirement of 20 hours. The five hours includes time to:

  • complete the online professional learning
  • reflect on the learning
  • plan for implementation into practice.