Every year, children entering P1 in a Government primary school in September are screened for speech-language development and sensory-motor skill development. The screening provides parents with an idea of the skill strengths of their children and areas where additional focus would help with development.
The screening looks at a child’s ability to listen, speak, think, learn, play, walk and run and checks for motor, speech and language skills necessary to learn to read and write.
For the first time in 2017, children will be provided screening for both speech and language development and sensory-motor skills during their appointment. Previously, the appointments were separate.
Screenings last from 20 to 60 minutes. In the event that further assessment is required, an additional appointment will be scheduled.
Checking in with the children before they start school allows health professionals the chance to assess the child’s abilities and ensure he or she has age appropriate skills for school. If concerns are raised during the screening, then a follow-up appointment will be made and free intervention services may be provided by Department of Health therapists if a need is identified.
This year, screening was held from 3 July - 14 July 2017 at Success Academy (formerly known as The Educational Centre) at 35 Roberts Avenue, Devonshire.
How to schedule a screening:
- Department of Health therapists will be at P1 Parent orientation meetings or
- The therapists will contact parents to arrange an appointment
- Contact P1screening@gov.bm 
For more information contact Teresa Wooldridge:
Email: P1screening@gov.bm