Education and health have critical roles to play in this important check.
Your connection with and observations of children are important to the B4 School Check.
The learning and development information you provide in the B4 School Check is highly valued by parents, caregivers and both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.
A person responsible under your service’s license will be asked to complete a Strengths and Difficulties questionnaire (SDQ-T). The B4 School Check provider will supply the SDQ-T and outline the process for returning it once it has been filled in. (Sometimes the parent or caregiver will ask you to complete the SDQ-T.)
The SDQ-T is a tool to identify where a child may need further help before they start school. It focuses on a child’s strengths that can support the child, as well as any difficulties the child is experiencing, such as, difficulties with concentration, behaviour or getting along with others.
The SDQ-T asks for your observations, using your professional judgement, about a child’s interactions as the child participates in the early childhood education environment.
The B4 School Check is an opportunity for health professionals and early education service providers to work with parents and caregivers to ensure a child can reach their potential.
We need your help to:
- promote the B4 School Check by reminding parents and caregivers that it’s free
- encourage parents and caregivers to say ‘yes’ to the Check
- work with nurses to complete the questionnaire for early learning services on the child’s strengths and difficulties (SDQ-T)
- support and encourage parents and caregivers to attend appointments if referrals have been made.